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!

- Image by HerdTracker
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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

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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 800

per person per night

The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles). And Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all.

In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Our Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation

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10 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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

11 km

from herd

Governors' Camp

280

per person per night

Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp. 

Serengeti Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

11 km

from herd

Serengeti Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to a new location. We work under Park’s guidelines and the camp is truly eco-friendly.

Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en suite eco-friendly toilet and bush-shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is by 12-volt (solar powered) with bedside lamps provided. The tents each have a shady verandah, where guests may relax and read quietly or perhaps watch birds and animals.