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.

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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

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 800

per person per night

The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles). And Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all.

In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Our Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation

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10 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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

11 km

from herd

Governors' Camp


per person per night

Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp. 

Serengeti Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

11 km

from herd

Serengeti Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to a new location. We work under Park’s guidelines and the camp is truly eco-friendly.

Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en suite eco-friendly toilet and bush-shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is by 12-volt (solar powered) with bedside lamps provided. The tents each have a shady verandah, where guests may relax and read quietly or perhaps watch birds and animals.