December 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Serengeti Balloon Safaris Capt Masudi captured thousands of herds in the Ndutu area

31 Dec 2018 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Captian Masudi sighted thousands of herds from a bird's eye in a hot air balloon over the Ndutu plains. 

- Image by Captain Masudi
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For the last three days, the Great herds have been following the rain storm in the Ndutu area

28 Dec 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

For the last three days, the great herds have been following the rain storm in the Ndutu area. 

The Great Migration is roaming on the open plains of Shamba la Maharga moving towards the Naibatat Hill and Albida Plains. However, a small herd was seen in the woodlands of the Lake Masek. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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The wildebeest were seen following the rain in the Ndutu area

24 Dec 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

The wildebeest were seen following the rainstorm in the Ndutu area. 

- Image by HerdTracker
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There’s lots of rain in the Serengeti areas and the plains are lush and green

23 Dec 2018 from Ranger Safaris

There's still lots of rain in the Serengeti areas and the plains are lush and green. Safari guide Firoz saw migratory herds of wildebeest all around Naabi Hills area heading towards the East of Gol Kopjes. However, a small herd is scattered in the south-west of Naabi Hills all the way towards the Ndutu area. 

- Image by Firoz
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Still signs of rains and the area is brimming with lush green grass

21 Dec 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

A safari guide was driving from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area when he captured a large herd of the wildebeest heading towards the Ndutu area from the Golini area, close to the Naabi Hills. Still signs of rains and the area is brimming with lush green grass!

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Large group roaming close to the Seronera airstrip heading to the Ngorongoro Conservation

20 Dec 2018 from Lihkin

Lihkin saw a large group of the wildebeest roaming close to the Seronera airstrip heading to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. 

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In response to November’s summer rains, wildebeest start moving in their hundred thousands

19 Dec 2018 from Lemala Camps

In response to November's summer rains, the wildebeest start moving in their hundred thousands out of Kenya's Masai Mara and onto Tanzania's southern Serengeti plains and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. 

Tens and thousands of the wildebeest accompanied by zebras and gazelles were captured crossing point no 7 and 11 in the Mara River. 

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The migratory herds are heading towards the short grass of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

18 Dec 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The migratory herds are heading towards the short grass of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and will arrive in the Ndutu Safari Lodge in the next few days. 

For the past 10-12 years, the wildebeest herds have settled in and around the Lakes Ndutu and Masek. This area is lush in February and an ideal location for wildebeest to give birth to offspring. Expect scenes of delight (newborns finding their feet) and horror (predators arrive to prey on the young). 

- Image by Ndutu Safari Lodge
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Great Wildebeest Migration in the Western Serengeti

12 Dec 2018 from Kiprotich Jona Cheres

Kiprotich Jona Cheres captured the herds on the Western Serengeti plains close to the Kirawira Serena Camp

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About four days back, the wildebeest were seen in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti

11 Dec 2018 from GoExplore Safaris

About four days back, the wildebeest were seen in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park, close to the Grumeti Camps including the &Beyond Grumeti Tented CampGrumeti Serengeti and Singita Explore

For the past few months, the herds have been moving through the area. 

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Looking like ants in the distance

09 Dec 2018 from Ross Couper

There is still a great presence of the wildebeest in the Grumeti Reserve. Ross Couper spotted the herds during his game drive on the Serengeti plains. 

- Image by Ross Couper
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The herds were seen making their way to the Grumeti Reserve in the Western Serengeti National Park

08 Dec 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

The herds were seen making their way to the Grumeti Reserve in the Western Serengeti National Park.

Some of the wildebeest have settled into the Moru Kopjes on their long trek to the Southern Serengeti short grass for the calving season. 

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The herds were spotted on the border of Tanzania

06 Dec 2018 from Judy Godfrey

The herds were spotted on the border of Tanzania passing the Mara Serena in the Mara Triangle. 

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Hot Air Balloon Over the Wildebeest Migration

05 Dec 2018 from Niamh Mc Namara

There are some things that just have to be done in a lifetime and hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara wildebeest migration is one of them. There is little that can match the aesthetic appeal of a huge colourful balloon rising like an airborne out of the pre-dawn darkness into the first rays of the sun. 

Niamh captured the herds in the Masai Mara heading towards the Serengeti during her hot air balloon safaris. 

- Image by Niamh Mc Namara
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Thousands of wildebeest are trooping back to Kirawira Plains

03 Dec 2018 from Serena Hotels

Thousands of wildebeest are trooping back to Kirawira Plains between Kirwawira Luxury Tented Camp and Grumeti Airstrip.  

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Watching an Elephant on an African game drive safari at the Masai Mara, Kenya

1 km

from herd

Ngare Serian

$ 640

per person per night

This refuge of serenity may not suit those who seek a tame, barren surroundings Rather, it fits the more audacious voyager who seeks out safari's real character. Because of its intimate and select character, Ngare Serian is suited to being set aside in its entirety for family gatherings or close friends on a private basis. Each of the four, tented suites stands on a rich hard wood deck, sat above the burbling Mara river deep in the North Mara Reserve.

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.

Guests having a Bush Meal at Karen Blixen Camp

3 km

from herd

Karen Blixen Camp

$ 502

per person per night

Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure.

Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with an undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere. The beautifully laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives.

Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.

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5 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 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.