January 2017 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Lack of rain has slowed calving season down

24 Jan 2017 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker

From the air, the herds are quite spread out. The lack of proper rains have split them apart and I hear that the situation on the ground is quite dire. While many of the females have calved already, it seems some are holding out in the hope of better rains.

A huge portion if the herds were spotted near the Seronera airstrip and west with some herd further South in the Moru area. Few small herds also spotted further South of Ndutu too. I think the whole Serengeti is hoping for a few days of good rains to rejuvenate the plains again.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
Arusha
 

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Small herds in Seronera

Hi Jarred

An update from just now, around 300/400 wildebeest in the Seronera area near to the Visitor Centre, also another 300/400 on the road / junction of Sopa / Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Not sure where the big herds currently are.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Calving season has yet to begin

20 Jan 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

A large group arrived down into the Marsh areas and were visible from our camp.  We dont see the babies yet but expect them soon. I am waiting for images to send you but we dont see big numbers here yet.

Regards,
Tabby
Lemala Ndutu

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Seronera herds moving south

20 Jan 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Update from the Camp Managers at Lemala Ewanjan Serengeti:

We have a lot of wildebeest in our area and they appear to be moving down south.  What is amazing is that we dont see the birthing yet but guides yesterday did see one not far from our camp.

I am waiting on images.

Regards,
Felix
Lemala Ewanjan

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Massive herds at Seronera

Hi HerdTracker

At Seronera, there are at least 10,000 wildebeest with zebra.  Sero is dry and dusty and they are looking for water.

We also spotted 2000-3000 zebra and wildebeest from Serengeti Pioneer Camp down to the junction of Sero-Lake Magadi. Spread out heading to Lake Magadi.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Few hundred wildebeest scattered around Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Lake Magadi

Hi HerdTracker, 

We are seeing small pockets of a few hundred wildebeest scattered around Pioneer Camp and Lake Magadi

Please find a picture attached with Lake Magadi in the background.

Regards,
Tom
 

Wildebeest and zebra around Lake Magadi
Wildebeest and zebra around Lake Magadi - Image by Tom Mees
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2000 to 3000 wildebeest heading towards Moru

Hi HerdTracker 

A quick update - We spotted 2000 to 3000 wildebeest yesterday afternoon just outside Serengeti Pioneer Camp kicking up dust in the late afternoon light. Heading towards Moru

Regards,
Tom
 

Wildebeest close to Serengeti Pioneer Camp
Wildebeest close to Serengeti Pioneer Camp - Image by Tom Mees

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.