September 2016 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Big herd at Topi Plains

27 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Seems like the last batch of the big herd is gradually moving south/south west, few thousands also crossing Mara river everyday on their way back to Serengeti, rains pouring every evening hence influencing the movement of the beasts (big herd now at Topi Plains).

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Big herd at Topi Plains
Big herd at Topi Plains - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Big herd at Topi Plains
- Image by Onesmus Irungu
Big herd at Topi Plains
- Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Rain in the northern Serengeti could cause the herds to return

23 Sep 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker
 
We have had rain in Serengeti north yesterday. We expect alot of herds to turn around and come back to our area.
 
This update is from Claud, Manager at Serengeti North Wilderness Camp.
 
Regards
Rajon
 

Rain in the northern Serengeti
Rain in the northern Serengeti - Image by Wild Frontiers
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Herds in the northern Mara Triangle

22 Sep 2016 from WildEarth

Hi HerdTracker 

The herds have arrived in the northern Mara Triangle after coming north from the Serengeti.

Kind Regards,
Graham

Herds in the northern Mara Triangle
Herds in the northern Mara Triangle - Image by WildEarth
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Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy

22 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

The big herds are still stuck at the Olare Orok Conservancy, we have been experiencing a decent amount of rain every evening for the last three days, Not everyone makes it safely to the promised land, this time round, a topi was not lucky.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy
- Image by Onesmus Irungu
Big herds in the Olare Orok Conservancy
- Image by
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi
Nile crocodile takes down a Topi - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Mini crossing near the main crossing point

22 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

Here are some images of yesterday's mini crossing just near the main crossing point. The crocodiles had a feast, prompting the herds to be fewer in numbers.

Regards,
Tim
 

Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Wildebeest cross the Mara River
Wildebeest cross the Mara River - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
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Big movement at crossing point two

20 Sep 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker

We have had a crossing today at crossing point number two. Close to 100,000 wildebeest crossed at around 09:15 this morning.

Update from Claud Manager at Serengeti North Wilderness Camp.
 
Regards
Rajon
 

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Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point

20 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker, 

Yesterday, a couple of thousand wildebeests crossed at Cul de sac crossing from the Reserve to the mara triangle on their way back to Serengeti.

Kind Regards
Onesmus
 

Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point
Thousands of wildebeests crossed at Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Africa

Action in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Each evening the herds move away from the river lines and bush areas onto the tops of the open plains for safely in numbers. In the mornings they are elsewhere, having been chased through the night by the multiple groups of lions and hyenas leaving fresh carcasses in their wake.

It is easy to find the action at first light. One follows the vultures as they glide one after the other at low level across the plains.

The second photo below was taken after sunset on the plain between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp.

The herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Sunset on the plains between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp
Sunset on the plains between Porini Lion camp and Mara Plains camp - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
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Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point

19 Sep 2016 from Timothy Leperes Laur

Hi HerdTracker

I took these images at the Rocky crossing near the main crossing point. The wildebeest look indecisive about whether or not to traverse the water.

Kind Regards,
Timothy Leperes Laur
Masai Mara Safari Guide
 

Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
- Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
Mara River crossings at the rocky crossing point - Image by Timothy Leperes Laur
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Action at the Cul de Sac crossing point

13 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker,

The herds are crossing over to Mara Triangle at the Cul de Sac crossing point.

Thanks,
Onesmus 

Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point
Mara River crossings at the Cul de Sac crossing point - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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Mega crossings at the Mara River

09 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Indeed it was one of the MEGA crossings for the better part of today!

Even more fascinating is that they were crossing from the Mara Triangle (South west) into the reserve heading towards Mara North, Olare Orok and Naboisho Conservancies! This just means we still have a chance to enjoy the migration for few coming weeks.

Regards,
Onesmus

Mega crossings at the Mara River
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Mega crossings at the Mara River
Mega crossings at the Mara River - Image by
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Rain triggers Mara River crossings

08 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Mara river crossings still happening. Some crossing over to Mara Triangle en-route to Serengeti, interestingly some are doing opposite by crossing from Mara Triangle to the Reserve. This has been triggered by the rains we have been experiencing for the last two days.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
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The herds are gathering at crossing point number six

02 Sep 2016 from Wild Frontiers

Hi HerdTracker,

Most of the herds are around Wogakuria area. Yesterday, we witnessed a big crossing of around 40 minutes.

Today, some of the herds have gathered at crossing number six.

Regards

Rajon,
Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

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Mara River crossings still happening at Cul de Sac crossing point

01 Sep 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

The Mara River crossings still happening at Cul de Sac crossing point. The herds are still moving from the Reserve to the Mara Triangle Conservancy, meanwhile hundred of thousands of the migrating herd are still stuck at Mara Triangle enjoying the short grass plains, rain clouds starting to form.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus
 

Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest in the Mara Triangle
Wildebeest in the Mara Triangle - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 km

from herd

Wayo Green Camp

$ 326

per person per night

Our walking safari camp is part of the Wayo Africa Walking Safari experience. It is truly one-of-a-kind and is the highlight of many people's safaris. The aim of our camp is to access remote areas in the easiest manner possible while maintaining high levels of comfort. Our camp is designed to fit on a small trailer that can easily be towed in to the bush, allowing for movement as the animals move.

Tents are 3-man dome style tents that are easy to set-up with plenty of floor space for two people. It is great for a good nights rest in a really remote area. Sleeping is on comfy 4-inch mattresses on the ground and the bedding is cotton covered duvets and cotton sheets.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 km

from herd

Sayari Camp

$ 753

per person per night

When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five countries on the continent.

The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.

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3 km

from herd

Kimondo Camp

$ 714

per person per night

Like the herds of antelope that have made the Serengeti the most famous wilderness region on earth, Kimondo is a traveller. As the seasons wax and wane so this migration camp crafted of wood and canvas follows the herds on their never-ending journey across the grasslands of East Africa.

From July to October home for Kimondo is near the sinuous Mara River on the famous Lamai Wedge, where massive herds brave the jaws of hungry Nile crocodiles. As winter eases and summer warms the land, the herds move south to calve in the lush grasslands of the southern Serengeti. As the herds move, so does Kimondo, to ensure you’re never far from the heart of the migration.

But unlike the thundering wildebeest, Kimondo – like its sought-after sister-camp Olakira – leaves no footprint behind. Entirely solar-powered, it’s a migration camp that touches the earth lightly while providing authentic luxury on the Serengeti plains. With just eight comfortable tents Kimondo offers an intimate safari experience; a sumptuous taste of how the early explorers discovered the wonders of East Africa.

From rich hand-woven rugs to burnished copper lanterns a sultry mix of Moroccan exoticism and East African safari romance resonates at Kimondo, where king-size cast-iron beds rest under canvas ceilings as the rustle of the savannah lulls you to sleep. Or leave sleep for a while and linger at the fireside, swopping tales of your day in Africa as the embers crackle up towards the Milky Way. Kimondo translates as ‘shooting star’ and in Tanzania’s crystal-clear skies you’ll be sure to see more than a few.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.