February 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Watch a newborn wildebeest learning how to walk soon after birth

Safari guide Empaps Meshack Sayialel, captured an incredible moment of a wobbly newborn wildebeest learning how to walk soon after birth.  

The mother was seen panting and struggling on her side as she went into labour - which normally lasts 30-minutes to an hour in the Olare near Porini Lion Camp.

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Watching wildebeest passing by Lake Masek

25 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

Lake Masek in Ndutu played host to the wildebeest passing by. What a spot for sundowners!

This area in Ndutu is dry and dusty, but there is still a small group of migrating wildebeest roaming within the woodlands near Lake Masek. A large herd of zebra and wildebeest were also roaming in the open plains down the big marsh woodland toward the Kusini area and the Hidden Valley. 

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The wildebeest and zebra migration were sighted moving into the Maswa

22 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The wildebeest and zebra migration were seen moving into the Maswa Game Reserve, following the rain storm a few days ago in the southern part of the Serengeti.

This is where they are touted to be at this time of the year because the seasonal rainfall brings the sprout of new green shoots which are rich in essential minerals for lactating mothers and growing calves. 

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Zebras quenching their thirst in the Ndutu area

20 Feb 2018 from Paul Kirui

Zebras quenching their thirst in the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Paul Kirui

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The safari guides saw this leopard just 10 minutes out from the camp earlier today

20 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

A great moment from the Serengeti Safari Camp, as the safari guides saw this leopard just 10 minutes out from the camp this morning.

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Large herds have been seen in the Maswa Game Reserve

20 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The herds have been seen in their thousands at the Maswa Game Reserve.

A small group is in the Kusini area after the rain in the Maswa, with a promising sign of rain in the Ndutu area. 

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Large herd migrating from the Moru Kopjes to the central Serengeti (Seronera)

20 Feb 2018 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Baraka Willium spotted a large herd migrating from the Moru Kopjes to the central Serengeti (Seronera).

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The wildebeest choose Ndutu as their calving ground

19 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The wildebeest choose Ndutu as their calving ground, because the soil of the Ndutu area is very rich in essential minerals for growing calves and lactating mothers.

But this depends entirely on the rainfall in an area which stimulates the growth of the new grass. Ndutu's soil drains quickly in the absence of rain, which leads to fine dust and dryness. Hence the migration's move south to the woodlands, where the grass is greener. 

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The Loita migration is still roaming around the conservancy

The Loita migration is still roaming around the conservancy. However, a large number are further east in the Naibosho and Olare conservancies. 

Credit: Safari guide, Empap Meshack Sayialel

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February is the month to expect scenes of delight (newborns finding their feet)

19 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

February is the month to expect scenes of delight with newborns finding their feet and predators arriving to prey on the young.

It is not only the older, more-experienced predators who will have the chance to see through. They too have co-ordinated their birthing times to coincide with the birth of their prey so that their young also have the highest chances of survival.

With thousands of baby wildebeest running around, it is much easier for a mother cheetah, lion or leopard to find a meal for their hungry cubs as well as give them the opportunity to learn how to hunt for themselves by practicing on young calves before they have to go out and fend for themselves. Young cubs learn valuable lessons during this time which is crucial to their success. 

Credit: Ranger, Elia Edward

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Large herds of the wildebeest and zebras were captured crossing the Lake Ndutu

19 Feb 2018 from Serengeti Explorer Camp

The herds continue moving and can be seen in different parts of the greater Ndutu area.

Large herds of the wildebeest and zebra were captured crossing the Lake Ndutu moving towards the Seronera area. 

Credit: Safari guide, Abu

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Out on the plains, the Loita wildebeest calving is in full swing

Out on the plains, the Loita wildebeest calving is in full swing!

When the moment arrives it happens quickly. The mother looking mildly surprised at the wet bundle which has suddenly appeared. Within minutes the baby is standing on wobbly pins, searching for the first feed of nourishing colostrum to gain strength to be able to keep up with its mother. These magic moments were captured by safari guide Empap Meshack Sayialel. 

- Image by Empap Meshack Sayialel
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Herds kicked up their heels and followed the smell of the rain in the Kusini area

17 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

Last week was rather quiet as the great herds with their calves kicked up their heels and followed the smells of the rains in the Kusini area. However, in the last few days, the guides have seen herds turning once more towards Moru Kopjes. 

The herds provided the guides with some lovely entertainment throughout the day coming from the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Ranger, Elia Edward

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Herds have been sighted in the Ndutu Woodlands, crossing Lake Ndutu

17 Feb 2018 from Ranger Safaris

Migratory herds are spread out between Gol Kopjes and Naabi Hill from the Hidden Valley in the Ndutu area.

Large herds of the wildebeest and zebra have been sighted in the Ndutu Woodlands, crossing the Lake Ndutu. 

Credit: Ali Moledina


 

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Large herd of wildebeest and zebra coming from the direction of the Ndutu area towards the Seren

16 Feb 2018 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Baraka Willium, watched a stampede by a large herd of wildebeest and zebra coming from the direction of the Ndutu area towards the Moru Kopjes.  

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- Image by Baraka Willium
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The Loita migration is quite dormant

16 Feb 2018 from Governors' Camp

The Loita migration is quite dormant. The resident Gnu migration hasn't moved into the Loita Hills for the past 10 years due to human settlement in the area.

The Gnus have resided in the northeast conservancies including the Mara North, Olare Orok, Lemek and the Naibosho.

The wildebeest cows have started calving with the small herds in the Lemek and Mara North conservancies. However, a large number are further east in the Naibosho and Olare conservancies. 

Credit: Governors Camp Manager, Patrick Reynolds

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As the dry season approaches, the south Serengeti’s (Ndutu area) landscape becomes more arid

16 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

As the dry season approaches, the south Serengeti's (Ndutu area) landscape becomes more arid. 

The wildebeest herds begins moving faster in search of water and greener grass, making their way across the southwest Serengeti (Maswa Game Reserve and Serengeti moru Kopjes). 

Credit: Olakira Camp safari guide, Mwinshehe Yustus Mangwangi 

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Large herd of males crossing the Ngiatiak River

16 Feb 2018 from Governors' Camp

On Friday evening, Patrick Reynolds heard a quite a large herd of males crossing the Ngiatiak River coming from the Olare Orok Conservancy into the southeastern reserve. Additionally, a small herd of mainly males, were coming from the North Mara Conservancy. 

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Ian Kiwelu captured the herds in the Hidden valley

14 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

Safari Guide, Ian Kiwelu captured the herds in the Hidden Valley. 

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Nicholas Semeyioi Kiswaa witnessed a large number of the Loita migration in the Naboisho Conservancy

14 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

Rekero Camp safari guide, Nicholas Semeyioi Kiswaa witnessed a large number of the Loita migration in the Naboisho Conservancy earlier today.

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There’s a large concentration of herbivores

There's a large concentration of herbivores in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy.

This is also the time of the year when the Loita wildebeest calves are born. 

Credit: Porini Cheetah Camp Manager, Nirmalya Banerjee

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It took exactly three minutes for this newborn wildebeest to stand up and walk

13 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

It took exactly three minutes for this newborn wildebeest to stand up and walk this morning.

Credit: Naboisho Camp

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The migration is still on the move towards Kusini

12 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The migration is still on the move towards Kusini and a lot of baby calves are being born. 

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Loita migration in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Porini Camps Manager, Patrick Wachira shared this incredible video clip of the Loita migration in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

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Herds of the wildebeest and zebra have been seen moving south towards the Naibadad Hill

11 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

Herds of wildebeest and zebra have been seen moving south towards the Naibadad Hill and towards the western side of Kusini. 

A few groups are still roaming in the woodlands from the Osinoni Galley. Meanwhile, the female wildebeest are still dropping their calves.

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The migration has been spotted coming from the east of Ndutu

10 Feb 2018 from Ranger Safaris

Part of the wildebeest migration has been spotted coming from the east Ndutu woodland for water and posture. 

This is the crossing of Lake Ndutu towards the south of the Makao areas.

Credit: Ranger, Firozdin Rafiq

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Herds of the migration are scattered around the south of the Twin Hill

09 Feb 2018 from Ranger Safaris

Herds of the migration are scattered all around the south of the Twin Hill area in the Ndutu. The herds have also started calving. 

Twin Hill is home to huge female herds of wildebeest during the green season because the area is so lush and green. However, the herds are desperately looking for water. 

Credit: Ranger, Firozdin Rafiq

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The HerdTracker February Review

08 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

The HerdTracker February Review: Our Guide of the Month!

Ranger at Asilia Africa, Elia Edward 

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Things are stagnant in the Musiara area

08 Feb 2018 from Governors' Camp

Things are stagnant in the Musiara gate with only a few Loita wildebeest males seen close to the Masai Conservancies.

The large herds are in the north east conservancies. 

Credit: Governor's Camp manager, Patrick Reynolds 

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The migration is still on the move in a clockwise pattern throughout the Ndutu area

08 Feb 2018 from Nasikia Camps

The migration is still on the move in a clockwise pattern throughout the Ndutu area. The newborns are also on the run with the group to evade predators such as leopards and lions. 

Credit: Maasai Wanderings


 

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This wildebeest stands up to let gravity help her make a safe delivery

08 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The Nomad Serengeti guides witnessed a wildebeest female trying to stand up to let gravity help her make a safe delivery to her newly-born calf.

It takes about eight minutes for these calves to be on their feet and in 15 minutes they are ready to run with the herds. However, the only way the calves survive is to get on their feet as soon as they are born in order to run with the rest of the herd and avoid predators.

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Chartered plane spots herds in the Serengeti

08 Feb 2018 from Auric Air

Charlyn Villegas flew over a herd of wildebeest and zebra whilst on a chartered plane from the Serengeti to the Tarangire River. 

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The herds are heading towards the Kusini and Makao area

08 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The herds are heading towards the Kusini and Makao area.

The newly-born calves are getting mixed up and lost due to their instinct to follow anything that moves, especially through the woodlands.  

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One of Kenya’s best-kept wildlife secrets

One of Kenya's best-kept wildlife secret (Loita migration) was seen negotiating the Enkonyonko River in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy.

Credit: Porini Cheetah Camp Manager, Nirmalya Banerjee

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The calving season is in full swing

07 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The calving season is in full swing!

A lot of the young are getting separated from their mothers as they start moving through the area. 

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Caught in the act

06 Feb 2018 from Paul Kirui

Caught in the act! Paul Kirui captured two males bringing down a young wildebeest in the Serengeti. 

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The migration is heading towards the Kusini and Makao area

05 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The migration is heading towards the Kusini and Makao area. 

However, it's been reported that a large herd has been seen in the woodlands of the southern Lake Masek and Osinoni Valley - heading south due to no rains in the area. 

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Large herd along the Mawe ya Simba

04 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

Nomad Tanzania safari guide, Ian Kiwelu spotted a large herd along the Mawe ya Simba, very close to the Kusini airstrip. 

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The calving season is in full swing in Ndutu

03 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The calving season in Ndutu is in full swing!

The guides saw about 50 newly-born calves and over the next few months 500,000 calves will begin their life in the Serengeti.

The migration is moving towards the southern part of Ndutu. A big number of the herds were seen in the woodlands close to the big marsh and open plains towards Kusini and the Hidden Valley.  

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Herds were migrating in the plains of the Hidden Valley

03 Feb 2018 from Dennis Minja

Dennis Minja witnessed a dramatic scene when the herds were migrating through the plains of the Hidden Valley and the Ndutu area.

The big herds are in the southern Serengeti, in between the Ngorongoro and Serengeti boundary. 

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And so it begins

02 Feb 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

And so the calving season begins!

The migration calving season has begun and there are quite a number of wobbly wildebeest calves in the Hidden Valley and the Ndutu area. 

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Big herd in the Kusini area

02 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

Safari guide, Elia Edward, spotted a big herd during his morning game drive in the Kusini area. 

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The poor little thing shivered and wobbled uncertainly before taking its first few steps

01 Feb 2018 from Asilia Africa

This morning I drove to the Lake Masek and stopped, taking in the magnificent scene! 

Zebras and wildebeests were gathered in front of me, but we were able to focus on just one as she gave birth. 

Having been unceremoniously dumped into the howling wind, the poor little thing shivered and wobbled uncertainly before taking its first few steps.

Credit: Safari guide, Elia Edward 

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Woodlands Camp

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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.

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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.