April 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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A large herd of the wildebeest is migrating within the Gol Kopjes area, close to the Naabi Hills

30 Apr 2018 from Asilia Africa

A large herd of the wildebeest is migrating within the Gol Kopjes, close to the Naabi Hills. 

Credit: Ranger, Elia Edward

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The wildebeest herds are scattered between the Barafu and the Gol Kopjes area

30 Apr 2018 from Asilia Africa

Heavy rains continues in the Serengeti while the wildebeest herds are scattered between the Gol Kopjes and the Barafu area.

Credit: Namiri Plains Camp Ranger, Noel Akyoo

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The herds are migrating in the Gol Kopjes

26 Apr 2018 from Malaki Samwell Saningo

Malaki just returned from his morning game drive and reported that the herds are migrating in the Gol Kopjes area between the Naabi Hills. 

- Image by Malaki Samwell Saningo
- Image by Malaki Samwell Saningo
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The triangle of the Hidden Valley is surrounded by thousands of wildebeest

25 Apr 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

The triangle of the Hidden Valley is surrounded by thousands of wildebeest. 

In the meantime, a small group of zebra is migrating between the Naabi Hill Gate to Simba Kopjes. The herds will soon be on the move!

Credit: Ranger, Mbaraka Mkwepo

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The Loita migration is enjoying the lush green grass in the Naboisho Conservancy

25 Apr 2018 from Asilia Africa

Due to the heavy rains in Kenya, the rivers are flooded and the Loita migration is enjoying the lush green grass in the Naboisho Conservancy. 

Credit: Ranger, Nicholas Semeyioi

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A big group of the migration is in the Central Serengeti

25 Apr 2018 from Real Masai Safari Tours

A big group of the migration is in the Central Serengeti, Seronera. The herds will be migrating to the Seronera area in May. 

Once the long rains (as they are known locally) are steady, the herds will head north all the way towards the Mara, with some herds moving quickly to the Serengeti's western corridor. 

Credit: Ranger, Ken Leyian

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Wildebeest and zebra are spread around the Shamba la Maharage

25 Apr 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

A large number of the wildebeest and zebra are spread around the Shamba la Maharage, heading towards the Hidden Valley and the Kusini area. 

Credit: Ranger, Charles Mwanisawa

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Good number of herds roaming in the Barafu Kopjes

18 Apr 2018 from Dennis Minja

Dennis Minja just returned from his morning game drive and reported that it's been a peaceful morning in the Serengeti. 

He spotted a good number of herds roaming in the Barafu Kopjes, where they seem to be enjoying the fresh new grass.

- Image by Dennis Minja
- Image by Dennis Minja
- Image by Dennis Minja
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Due to the heavy rain in the Maasai Mara, the Loita migration is still roaming in the Naboisho

18 Apr 2018 from Asilia Africa

Due to the heavy rain in the Maasai Mara, the Loita migration is still roaming in the Naboisho Conservancy.

Credit: Ranger, Senchura Kaleku

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With loads of rain in the Ndutu area, the wildebeest are in green grass heaven

17 Apr 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

With loads of rain in the Ndutu area, the wildebeest are in green grass heaven! The plains and the woodlands around Ndutu are full.

The last few days, the Ndutu Safari Lodge has been surrounded by peaceful grazing of the wildebeest and zebra. In the meantime, the Lake Ndutu is full and deep too, which makes the daily lake crossing quite dramatic. 

Credit: Lodge Manager, Ainslie

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Hundreds of zebra are heading towards the Seronera area

The wildebeest herds are scattered all the way from the Ndutu, Gol, Naabi Hills and Mawe ya Simba, up to the Namiri Plains.

In the meantime, hundreds of zebra are heading towards the Seronera area. 

Credit: General Manager Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Simon Kisangi

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Heavy rains continue to fall in the Serengeti

16 Apr 2018 from Lemala Camps

Heavy rains continue to fall in the Serengeti plains.

Thousands of wildebeest and zebra were seen on the Namiri Plains enjoying the lush, green grass. 

Credit: Ranger, Baraka Willium

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- Image by Baraka Willium
- Image by Baraka Willium
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The herds were spotted enjoying the green pastures in the Ndutu area

15 Apr 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

The herds were spotted enjoying the green pastures in the Ndutu area.

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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The migration was spotted moving slowly into the Gol Kopjes

13 Apr 2018 from Wild Frontiers

The migration were spotted moving slowly into the Gol Kopjes area. The herds are scattered throughout Naabi Hill Gate to the Gol Kopjes area, due to the heavy rains in the Serengeti. 

Credit: Ranger, Bahati Martin Laizer

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- Image by Bahati Martin Laizer
- Image by Bahati Martin Laizer
- Image by Bahati Martin Laizer
- Image by Bahati Martin Laizer
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Witnessed a big herd in the Naabi heading towards the Gol Kopjes area

12 Apr 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

As safari guide Mohammed Hassan was driving from the central Serengeti, he witnessed a big herd in the Naabi heading towards the Gol Kopjes area.

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The Arusha area has been raining heavily over the past five days

12 Apr 2018 from Sidai Africa Safaris

The Serengeti throughout the Arusha area has been experiencing heavy rainfall over the past five days. With the ongoing rain forecast, the migrating is scattered in the Central Serengeti.

A large number of the wildebeest is scattered in the Gol Kopjes and a small number at the Naabi Hill Gate.  

Credit: Sidai Africa Safaris owner, Emanuel Melubo Mamasita 

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Traveler Rohaan, captured the Loita migration at Sanctuary farm in the Naivasha area

11 Apr 2018 from Rohaan

Due to the ongoing heavy rains in Kenya, the Loita migration is scattered into different conservancies. 

Traveler Rohaan, captured the Loita migration at Sanctuary Farm in the Naivasha area. 

- Image by Rohaan
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The herds are scattered all across the north-west of the Ndutu plains

10 Apr 2018 from Ranger Safaris

Safari guide, Firozdin Rafiq just returned from his safari in the southern Serengeti and reported that over the last four days it has been raining a lot in the Ndutu area.

The wildebeest migration is now back in the plains of the Ndutu area. The herds are scattered all across the north-west of the Ndutu plains and the southern part of the Naabi Hill Gate. 

- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
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With over two weeks of rain, the Naabi Hill Gate is brimming with lush greenery

09 Apr 2018 from Sidai Africa Safaris

With over two weeks of rain, the Naabi Hill Gate is brimming with lush greenery!

Credit: Sidai Africa Safaris owner, Emanuel Melubo Mamasita 

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The herds are scattered all the way between the Serengeti south to the Ndutu area

General Manager, Simon Kisingi drove through the herds during his morning game drive today. The herds are scattered all the way between the Serengeti south coming to the Ndutu area.

However, there is a very definite move towards the Naabi Hills. 

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This encounter was captured in the Ndutu area, during afternoon game drives

07 Apr 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

This encounter was captured in the Ndutu area, during afternoon game drives. The herds were roaming the Albida Plains in the southern part of Ndutu. 

During the green season, predators are commonly spotted in the Northern Serengeti. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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Incredibly magical wildebeest migration in the Olduvai Gorge

06 Apr 2018 from Lemala Camps

Ranger Baraka Willium captured the incredibly magical wildebeest migration during his morning game drive in the Olduvai Gorge. 

- Image by Baraka Willium
- Image by Baraka Willium
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The migratory herds are heading towards the Copjes and Moru via the Kusini Plains

06 Apr 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

Safari guide, Musa Charles witnessed the migratory herds heading towards the Kopjes and Moru via the Kusini Plains and Olbaye. 

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The herds are migrating in large numbers within the Ndutu area towards the marsh

06 Apr 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The herds are migrating in large numbers within the Ndutu area towards the marsh and the Hidden Valley. 

Credit: Emmanuel

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The wildebeest migration is roaming around the Ndutu area towards the marsh

06 Apr 2018 from Denis Kessy

The wildebeest migration is roaming around the Ndutu area towards the marsh. 

The herds are on the move to the Gol and Lemuta Hill as well as the open plains of the An'gata to Olbalbal depression for the green pastures and water. However, the herds started to move right after the long rain season in the Serengeti. 

Credit: Guide freelancer, Denis Kessy

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Loita migration this morning enjoying the green grass of the Naboisho Conservancy

05 Apr 2018 from Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp

Safari guide, Raphael Rotiken captured the incredibly beautiful Loita migration this morning enjoying the green grass of the Naboisho Conservancy.

- Image by Raphael Rotiken
- Image by Raphael Rotiken
- Image by Raphael Rotiken
- Image by Raphael Rotiken
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the Loita migration were spotted migrating in the beautiful lush green of the Naboisho Conservancy

04 Apr 2018 from Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp

A large number of the Loita migration were spotted migrating in the beautiful lush green of the Naboisho Conservancy.

Credit: Safari guide, Raphael Rotiken

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- Image by Raphael Rotiken
- Image by Raphael Rotiken
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The incredibly beautiful Loita migration was captured in the borders of the Mara North Conservancy

02 Apr 2018 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

The incredibly beautiful Loita migration was captured in the borders of the Mara North Conservancy and the Aitongi Village. 

Credit: Kilimanjaro Safaris co-founder, Michael Wachira

- Image by Michael Wachira
- Image by Michael Wachira

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

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Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.

This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.

 

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 km

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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.

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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.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

6 km

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Singita Mara

$ 1515

per person per night

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom-designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 km

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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.