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.

- Image by HerdTracker
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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. 

- Image by Thao Pham
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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

- Image by Karim Saadun
- 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

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

279

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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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.