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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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). 

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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. 

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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

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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

Price on Request

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.