August 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Linda Jane safari begin when she saw the wildebeest crossings

31 Aug 2018 from Linda Jane

Linda Jane's safari begin when she saw the wildebeest crossings after watching a live lion kill minutes earlier.

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Larishka D’souza was so excited to reach the Mara River and spot the Great Migration

31 Aug 2018 from Larishka D'souza

Larishka D'souza was so excited to reach the Mara River and spot the Great Migration. However, Larishka was hoping to see a kill but was grateful to at least see the herds cross the river which was her first priority. 

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Amazed by the size of the crocodiles in the Mara River that flow through Keny and Tanzania

30 Aug 2018

Warren Pearson was amazed by the size of the crocodiles in the Mara River that flow through Keny and Tanzania. 

The wildebeest continue to fight for survival against the giant crocodiles. 

- Image by Warren Pearson
- Image by Warren Pearson
- Image by Warren Pearson
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Approximately 50,000 herds successfully crossed the Mara River

30 Aug 2018 from Acacia

After a three hour wait, approximately 50,000 herds gathered and made their way across the Mara River successfully.

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Acacia waited all afternoon to capture thousands of the wildebeest to gather at the river’s edge

29 Aug 2018 from Acacia

Acacia waited all afternoon and finally captured thousands of herd gathered at the river's edge, turning back and forth until one herd took the plunge and the rest followed in the Mara River during the annual great wildebeest migration. 

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Five Mara River crossings in the Serengeti

29 Aug 2018 from Danielle

Danielle was so excited to witness five Mara River crossings in the northern Serengeti during her migration safari.  

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Wildebeest crossing low water levels in the Mara River, Serengeti

27 Aug 2018 from Wild Frontiers

Safari guide John Letara captured a huge number of herds crossing the Mara River in the Serengeti. Due to the low water levels, the wildebeest crossed safely.

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Huge river crossings in the Northern Serengeti

26 Aug 2018 from Jill Inman

Jill Inman never imaged seeing not one, but four huge river crossings in the Northern Serengeti! A piece of his heart will always be in the Serengeti. 

- Image by Jill Inman
- Image by Jill Inman
- Image by Jill Inman
- Image by Jill Inman
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Prolific crossings at the Mara River

25 Aug 2018 from Tom and Carina

Tom and Carina enjoyed watching the herds jumping into the Mara River in the Maasai Mara during their afternoon game drive. 

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River is in full force

25 Aug 2018

Warren Pearson witnessed the herds crossing the Mara River in full force on the Northern Serengeti Plains. The wildebeest had to fight for survival against the crocodiles, due to the high water levels.  

- Image by Warren Pearson
- Image by Warren Pearson
- Image by Warren Pearson
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Herds crossing the Mara River on the Masai Mara Plains

24 Aug 2018 from Roo

Ever since Roo saw the Great Migration on the National Geographic, it immediately fell into his bucket list.

Roo's bucket list was checked when he witnessed the herds crossing the Mara River on the Maasai Mara Plains. 

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Hundreds of wildebeest crossing to the Kenyan border in the Mara River

24 Aug 2018 from Annie Alisa

Annie Alisa was amazed to sight hundreds of wildebeest in the Mara River crossing to the Kenyan border. 

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- Image by Annie Alisa
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Wildebeest fight for survival against the Nile crocodiles

24 Aug 2018 from Asilia Africa

The wildebeest fight for survival against a Nile crocodile at point number 2 in the Mara River on the Serengeti plains. 

Credit: Ranger, Elia Edward

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Thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River from the Serengeti plains

23 Aug 2018 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa ranger Elia Edward captured an amazing scene of thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River from the Serengeti plains. The herds were moving from the Nyamalumbwa and Gardenia Valley area -  following rain showers on the Kenya side.

- Image by Elia Edward
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Thao Pham witnessed the great migration from above

23 Aug 2018 from Thao Pham

Thao Pham witnessed the great migration from a bird's eye view in a hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara plains. 

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Robyn E Preston encountered the magic of the Mara River crossing during her Migration tour in Kenya

22 Aug 2018 from Robyn E Preston

Robyn E Preston encountered the magic of the Mara River crossing during her Migration tour in Kenya. 

An experience you have to see to really believe. Unfortunately for some, the crossing of the Mara River does not end well. It's a lucky draw who gets across and who doesn't when the hungry crocodiles are hiding beneath the river surface. 

- Image by Robyn E Preston
- Image by Robyn E Preston
- Image by Robyn E Preston
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Crossing point number 4 in the Mara River

21 Aug 2018 from Asilia Africa

Safari guide Elia Edwards was also fortunate to sight the herds crossing point number 4 in the Mara River. 

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Daily crossings at point number 4 in the Mara River, Serengeti

21 Aug 2018 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Frank Gabriel captured one of the daily crossings at point number 4 in the Mara River close to the Lemala Mara

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Patience paid off after waiting for 6 hours

21 Aug 2018 from Lucien Beaumont

Patience paid off for Lucien Beaumont who waited for 6 hours in the hopes of capturing a herd. Lucien was rewarded with the initial sight of more than 400 wildebeest crossing the Mara River.

Little did he know that the crossing would last almost an hour and as many as 4500 eventually made the crossing as the herds began to stream in from far and wide! Only one calf was lost to a crocodile, a small price for the survival of thousands of other wildebeest. 

- Image by Lucien Beaumont
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Huge herd of wildebeest crossing the Mara River

20 Aug 2018 from Katherine Telfer

Katherine Telfer was enjoying a game drive in the Serengeti when she spotted a huge herd of the wildebeest crossing the Mara River. 

- Image by Katherine Telfer
- Image by Katherine Telfer
- Image by Katherine Telfer
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Thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River

20 Aug 2018 from Lisa Zitman

Lisa Zitman saw thousands of wildebeest, one behind the other, crossing the Mara River in search of greener grazing pastures. 

The group of wildebeest that she was watching made it to the other side of the river despite plenty of hungry crocs lurking.

- Image by Lisa Zitman
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Large crossing from the Mara Reserve towards the Triangle

19 Aug 2018 from Asif Chaudhry

Asif Chaudhry captured a large crossing from the Mara Reserve towards the Triangle near the Lookout. 

- Image by Asif Chaudhry
- Image by Asif Chaudhry
- Image by Asif Chaudhry
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Big crossing of the Mara River at point number 7 in the Northern Serengeti

19 Aug 2018 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa ranger Elia Edward, witnessed thousands of gnus crossing point number 7 during his morning game drives. 

- Image by Elia Edward
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Crossings at point number 4 in the Kogatende area

18 Aug 2018 from Lemala Camps

Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge safari guide Baraka Willium captured one of the daily crossings at point number 4 in the Kogatende area all the way to Kisiwani. 

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Wildebeest are scattered close to the Sopa Area and the Ololaimutia gate

17 Aug 2018 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

An enormous group of wildebeest is scattered throughout the Sopa Area all the way to the Ololaimutia gate in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. 

Credit: Co-founder, Michael Wachira

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- Image by Michael Wachira
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Wildebeest crossing point number 8 at the Mara River

17 Aug 2018 from Nasikia Camps

Large crossings at point number 8 at the Mara River in Northern Tanzania.

Crossing point number 8 is close to the Olakira Camp, next crossing after Makutano - an area where Bologna River meets the Mara River. 

Credit: Safari guide, Mohamed Hassan

- Image by Moodie Shots
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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti

16 Aug 2018 from Tereza

Tereza was amazed when she sighted the herds crossing the Mara River in the Serengeti during her morning game drives. 

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hundreds of wildebeest crossing over to the Mara Triangle

16 Aug 2018 from Sammy Kaleku

Safari guide Sammy Kaleku saw hundreds of wildebeest crossing over to the Mara Triangle side, Mara Reserve. 

- Image by Sammy Kaleku
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Arrival in the Masai Mara

16 Aug 2018 from Onesmus Irungu

Earlier today, Onesmus witnessed the arrival of a huge herd on the Masai Mara side from the Northern Serengeti, Mara River. 

- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
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Crossings continue at point number 7

15 Aug 2018 from Lemala Camps

Ranger Frank Gabriel captured the thousand of herds crossing point number 7, close to the Lemala Kuria Hills Camp

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Thousands of wildebeest crossing point number 7 in the Mara River.

15 Aug 2018 from Asilia Africa

Big crossing continues in the Northern Serengeti! Safari guide Elia Edward witnessed thousands of wildebeest crossing point number 7 in the Mara River. 

- Image by Elia Edward
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A large herd of the wildebeest migration crosses the Sand River

14 Aug 2018 from Sunworld Safaris

Safari guide Kaelo Jonathan captured a large herd of the wildebeest migration crossing the Sand River on the Kenyan side. 

- Image by Kaelo Jonathan
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A lovely big crossing captured in front of Lemala Mara Tented Camp

11 Aug 2018 from Lemala Camps

A lovely big crossing captured in front of Lemala Mara Tented Camp at point number three. 

Credit: Safari guide, Frank Gabriel

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Wildebeest crossing point number 4 to the Kenya border

10 Aug 2018 from Nasikia Camps

A big herd of the wildebeest migration was seen crossing point number 4 to the Kenya border (the cars opposite the river is the Kenyan border)

Credit: Head safari guide, Karim Saadun

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- Image by Karim Saadun
- Image by Karim Saadun
- Image by Karim Saadun
- Image by Karim Saadun
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Herds scattered in the Maasai Mara

10 Aug 2018 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

The Great Migration in scattered across the Topi and Keekorok area in the Maasai Mara. More herds are coming through the San driver direction. 

Credit: Co-founder, Michael Wachira

- Image by Michael Wachira
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Great Migration in the Posse Plains area of the Masai Mara heading towards the Mara Triangle

10 Aug 2018 from Mara Intrepids Camp

After some rain in the Serengeti, some of the herds that crossed the Mara River northwards are now moving south again. However, a big number of herds was seen in the Posse Plains area of the Masai Mara heading towards the Mara Triangle. 

Credit: Safari guide, Paul Kirui

- Image by Paul Kirui
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Daily crossings at crossing number 4 in the Mara River

08 Aug 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Safar guide, Peter Moshi captured one of the daily crossings at crossing number 4 in the Mara River. 

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Massive herd crossing point number 4 in the Mara River

04 Aug 2018 from Asilia Africa

Safari guide Elia Edward captured a massive herd crossing point number 4 in the Mara River. 

- Image by Elia Edward
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Huge crossing at point number 5 in the Mara River

04 Aug 2018 from Lemala Camps

A huge crossing at point number 5 in the Mara River, 6 kilometres from the Lemala Mara Tented Camp.

Credit: Safari guide, Baraka Willium

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The FIRST major river crossing on the Kenyan side begin

03 Aug 2018 from Serena Hotels

The FIRST major river crossing on the Kenyan side begin! 

Approximately 2,000 wildebeest and zebra crossed the Mara Triangle at the Lookout crossing point yesterday.

Note: From today, we're expecting large crossings as thousands of herds have gathered in the Lookout region. 

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Loita migration coming from the Loita Plains through Olkinyei Conservancy

02 Aug 2018 from Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp

The Loita migration was seen coming from the Loita Plains through Olkinyei Conservancy, heading towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The herds are currently roaming the Naboisho Conservancy.

Credit: Ranger, Raphael Rotiken

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Herds crossing point number 8 in the Mara River heading towards the Kenyan side

02 Aug 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

Safari guide Ian Kiwelu captured the herds crossing point number 8 in the Mara River heading towards the Kenyan side. 

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A plethora of herds have crossed the Mara River

01 Aug 2018 from Rekero Camp - Asilia Africa

A plethora of herds have crossed the Mara River, moving southwest towards the Enkokwaate salt lick in the Mara Triangle.

Credit: Ranger, Senchura Kaleku

- Image by Senchura Kaleku
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Annual migration in the Sand River

01 Aug 2018 from Kevin Zekai Liu

Kevin was following the annual migration when he saw a large herd of the wildebeest roaming the Sand River. 

- Image by Kevin Zekai Liu

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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.