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

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Woodlands Camp

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Tucked within a grassy corridor that links the Lake Ndutu area with the Moru Kopjes and Hidden Valley is the seasonal Woodlands Camp. During the calving season, this area is teaming with wildebeest as hundreds of thousands of pregnant females converge to give birth. While most properties are compacted in a central location, Woodlands Camp is slightly removed from the main tourist venue, allowing for more privacy without sacrificing access to this awe-inspiring event.

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Chaka Camp

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Chaka Camp, is a mobile Serengeti safari camp designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally, is located in the Ndutu area from December through March. The camp relocates to Western Serengeti from May through June, and again to Northern Serengeti from July through November.

From December through March, the wildebeest migration moves in and out of the Ndutu area. Ndutu is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just south of Serengeti National Park. Chaka Camp’s location provides easy access to prime game viewing areas around Lakes Ndutu and Masek. In addition to the almost two million wildebeest and zebra that move through the area each year, Ndutu is home to cheetah, lion, giraffe and hundreds of bird species. During February’s calving season, the wildebeest give birth to 8,000 babies a day.

From May through June, Chaka Camp relocates to Western Serengeti. The wildebeest migration is generally in this area during this time, and crossings over the Grumeti River are sometimes seen in this area. Access to Central Serengeti is also possible from this area as the drive is only two hours.

From July through November, Chaka Camp is located in Northern Serengeti. The camp is close to the Mara River, allowing easy access to several river crossing points in the area. During this time of year, the wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River back and forth from Tanzania to Kenya. River crossings are common with crocodiles, hippos and large cats scattered throughout the area.

Follow the link the see the best time to visit Serengeti or visit our HerdTracker app. 

The dining area at Olakira, Tanzania

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Olakira Mobile Camp

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Like the wildebeest that are the stars of the Serengeti Annual Migration, the Olakira camp is a wanderer; a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, forever following the herds to ensure you have a front-row seat to the greatest show on earth.

Fine linens, finer dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this authentic East African safari camp. Whether it’s at the river crossings of the northern Serengeti, the breath-taking scenery of the Lamai Wedge, or on the great grassy plains of the south, the intimate Olakira camp ensures the best of the Serengeti is always right on your doorstep.

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Ndutu Wilderness Camp

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December to March typically coincides with ‘calving season’ in the Serengeti and Ndutu Wilderness Camp is ideally located so visitors can view this spectacle. Nestled under shady trees, on the Ndutu plains, this camp allows guests to enjoy the wealth of wildlife that has made these sun-soaked plains so renowned.

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Camp Zebra

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Like the animal it is named after, Camp Zebra follows the wildebeest migration to the northern part of the Serengeti National Park in June, July, August, September, October and November; and to the southern part of the park from December till March. Camp Zebra is closed from the middle of April till the end of May each year.

Camp Zebra consists of six accommodation tents, each of which can be used for single, double (or twin) or triple occupancy. Each sleeping tent consists of a bedroom area, dressing area and ensuite shower and toilet. The dressing area, shower and toilet are all “open air” so as to heighten the experience of living as one with your surroundings. Despite being able to enjoy some breathtaking views as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, privacy is still assured due to the clever design of our tents. As an added convenience, each tent is provided with sufficient electricity for lighting as well as for charging mobile telephones, cameras, tablets, laptop computers or any other electronic devices you may carry with you.

Camp Zebra is Serengeti camping at its finest. The mobile nature of the camp makes it easy to follow the wildebeest herds as they complete their long journey, ensuring the best wildlife sightings during the incredible Great Migration in Tanzania. See our HerdTracker app for the latest migration updates.