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
- 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

- Image by HerdTracker
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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. 

- Image by GoExplore Safaris
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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
- 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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

7 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. 

Masai Mara Scenery in Kenya

8 km

from herd

Serian Nkorombo

$ 715

per person per night

The old adage “Location, Location, Location” surpasses all – Nkorombo has it in spades! The Masai Mara made famous by the BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” and more recently Disney’s “African Cats” is the predators prime real estate. Secreted away amongst a stand of wild olive and orange croton Alex Walker’s Nkorombo camp flanks a lively salt lick. A refuge for Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard cast about stalking a lavish overabundance of plucky prey.

This snug little bush camp is chock-full of singular character. Five tents command a view over the rushing Mara River, at once bursting with laughing hippo and languorous crocodile. True to it’s unpretentious origins, camp life is low-key and tranquil.

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10 km

from herd

Little Governors' Camp

$ 305

per person per night

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of Little Governors' Camp. As one of the first camps to be located in the Masai Mara, Boasting only 17 luxury tents, the camp can only be reached by a scenic boat ride across the Mara River and finally, a walk through the stunning riverene landscape. Quiet and undisturbed, the camp welcomes resident elephants who visit during lunch time, as well as wildlife at the natural waterhole in front of the camp. Although one doesn't need to go far to enjoy the unfenced, wildlife-rich surrounds, the Masai Mara itself is one of the best places on the planet to see Africa's Big Five, plains game and of course, offers front row seats to the Wildebeest Migration*

In addition, Little Governors' Camp has been awarded a Gold Rating from the Eco-Tourism Kenya. This is luxury with heart at its best...

* Follow our Herdtracker app for a migration map that plots the Great Migration in real time. 

 

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10 km

from herd

Governors' Il Moran

$ 390

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.

Newly refurbished in 2018, Il Moran Camp is hidden in the cool shade of the riverine forest that follows the bends of the Mara River. Each tent enjoys a private location from which to enjoy the beautiful and serene setting. Hippos wallow in the river waters below, elephants wander through camp, and the night time is punctuated by hyena whoops and lion calls.

Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his & her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.

Small and supremely personal in nature, Il Moran is a chic and intimate retreat in the best wildlife location in Kenya and arguably Africa. A brand new dining and lounge area set along the riverfront is beautifully furnished and our superior team of chefs create dishes that tantalize the eyes and taste buds.