December 2017 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Wildebeest in the Hidden Valley

27 Dec 2017 from Lemala Camps

The plains between the Hidden Valley and the Ndutu area is covered by the wildebeest. 

As the name implies, the Hidden Valley is a secret spot that is far from any road. The Valley is a depression and water catchment area in the plains, located about 14 miles northwest of Ndutu. 

Credit: Ranger Baraka Willium

- Image by Baraka Willium
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24 Dec 2017 update

24 Dec 2017 from Leopard Tours Ltd

A huge group of the wildebeest was sighted migrating in the south of Moru (between Moru and Kusini) grazing towards Simiyu. 

Credit: Ranger Heri Mallya

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Wildebeest Migration moving towards the south-east of the Ndutu plains

22 Dec 2017 from Lemala Camps

This morning (22 Dec 2017) ranger Baraka Willium shared the stunning footage of the Wildebeest Migration moving towards the south-east of the Ndutu plains.

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Seronera and the Ndutu area

21 Dec 2017 from Lemala Camps

Currently, a massive herd of the Migration is in the eastern Seronera around the Ndutu area, heading towards the northern Ngorongoro Crater for the calving season in January, all the way through to April. 

They are feeding on the fresh, short grass.

Credit: Ranger Baraka Willium.

- Image by Baraka Willium
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A big herd of the wildebeest was seen at Semetu, heading towards Namiri Camp

20 Dec 2017 from Asilia Africa

A big herd of the wildebeest was seen at Semeto, heading towards Namiri Camp.

Namiri Camp is tucked away in a grove of fever trees and offers breathtaking views of the sweeping plains. Namiri Plains is an intimate tented camp in the central Seronera, which is known as one of the most reliable-game viewing areas within the Serengeti National Park. It is a safe haven for cheetah, which can be seen in unsurpassed numbers on daily game drives. 

Credit: Namiri Camp General Manager, Diana Mshanga.

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17 December 2017 Update

17 Dec 2017 from Leopard Tours Ltd

Yesterday, a massive group of the migration was sighted between Mawa ya Simba and Kuni na Sita, grazing towards Seronera to follow the rain.

However, a long queue was coming from the Vilima Saba (northeast) and another coming from in between Mawa ya Simba and Maru.

Credit: Ranger Heri Mallya

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16 December 2017 Update

16 Dec 2017 from Sidai Africa Safaris

The wildebeest herds have been sighted migrating through the western Lobo area. In the next three to four weeks, the herds will be following the rain, returning to the short-grass plains of the Ndutu area. 

Important to note is that Ndutu Safari Lodge is in the centre of the migration within the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Emanuel Melubo Mamasita 

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This year the migration has been very scattered

15 Dec 2017 from Nasikia Camps

This year the migration had been very scattered, but far south (Serengeti) is where the migration is heading at the moment. Some of the herds might already be in the south whilst the others are still on the route.

A huge group of the wildebeest was sighted moving between Moru and Naabi, heading towards Ndutu in the south. And, in the next two to three days they will be around the Naona Moru Camp. 

Meanwhile, another group was seen between the Matiti area and Kakesio region.

Update credit: Nasikia Camps

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Large herds of wildebeest and zebra migration in the Vilima Saba

14 Dec 2017 from Lemala Camps

Large herds of wildebeest and zebra are still around the Central Serengeti.

This morning (14 December 2017), they were seen in the Vilima Saba around Mawa ye Simba. 

Thanks to the wonderful guide Fredy Mkunde for sharing the stunning footage and images with us. 

- Image by Fredy Mkunde
- Image by Fredy Mkunde
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Large herds can be seen around Kilima Saba

A large herd of the great migration was sighted around Kilima Saba in the Serengeti even though the area is not often used, especially in the rainy season. 

However, there are no camps in the area as it is a road in the Serengeti. Vistors are advised to drive through the seven hills from Naabi Gate to the Central Serengeti. 

Credit: Manager Assistant Justin Bernard 

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Herds are in the south of the western corridor

11 Dec 2017 from Asilia Africa

Currently, the herds are in the south of the western corridor. Mostly in the Maswa Game Reserve from the plains through to the woodlands at Mbono. The closest camp is Mbono Tented Camp.

Credit: Ranger Heribert Mardai 

- Image by Heribert Mardai
- Image by Heribert Mardai

twitter update Wildebeest

02 Dec 2017 from ATorres437

Wildebeest are at Gol Kopje, Naabi Hill Gate to the eastern border of the Serengeti, and Namiri Plains! #herdtracker

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

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


per person per night

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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from herd

Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

per person per night

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

$ 495

per person per night

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.