January 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Emmanuel spotted the herds migrating in the Hidden Valley and the big and small marsh

31 Jan 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Ndutu Safari Lodge, safari guide Emmanuel spotted the herds migrating in the Hidden Valley as well as the big and small marsh. 

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Massive herds of wildebeest and zebra in the Lake Masek area of the Serengeti National Park

31 Jan 2018 from Asilia Africa

We are experiencing outstanding game drives sighting massive herds of wildebeest and zebra migrating in the Lake Masek area of the Serengeti National Park.

For the last few week or so, we've encountered a steady and consistent movement in the area.

Credit: Safari guide, Elia Edward 

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Migration is in the southern part of the Nabi Hill and scattered across the plain towards Ndutu

30 Jan 2018 from Ranger Safaris

Safari guide, Firozdin Rafiq just came back from his safari and reported that the migration is in the southern part of the Naabi Hill and scattered across the plain towards the Ndutu area. 

The calving is about to start!

- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
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The herds are still migrating in the southern and western part of the Serengeti

29 Jan 2018 from David G.Sulle

David Sulle confirmed that the herds are still migrating in the southern and western part of the Serengeti. 

He spotted a large group in the Ndabaka plains near Ndabaka gate. A small group was migrating to the Matongo open area.

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Wildebeest spotted towards the open plains of the Gol Mountains and Saleni Plains

29 Jan 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

A good number of the wildebeest were spotted towards the open plains of the Gol Mountains and Saleni Plains.

However, the safari guide saw a line coming in from the Nasera Rock.

- Image by Nomad Tanzania
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The wildebeest calving season has already begun in the Lamuta Hills

27 Jan 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The wildebeest calving season has already begun in the Lamuta Hills!

Serengeti Nomad safari guide, Samuel Turoto spotted a mom with her newborn in the Lamuta Hills.

A large herd was seen moving towards the Saleni Plains and Nasera Rock. 

Note: Lamuta Hills is in the northeast of Naabi Hill!

- Image by Samweli Turoto
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Loita migration is in large numbers in the Naboisho Ol Kinyei Conservancy and the Loita plains

25 Jan 2018 from The Safari Collection

Sala's Camp safari guide, Moses Kaleku spotted a large number of the Loita migration in the Naboisho Ol Kinyei Conservancy and the Loita plains.

The small group is migrating in the eastern part of the game reserve and the southern part is empty - but the common sights are available. 

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Migrating within the Naiboisho Conservancy

25 Jan 2018 from The Safari Collection

The Loita migration's main herds are migrating within the Naiboisho Conservancy (on the northern border of the Mara National Park).

Meanwhile, the big numbers are about to birth little ones!

Credit: Sala's Camp Managers, Hattie

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Wildebeest from Ndutu all the way to the hidden valley

24 Jan 2018 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Serengeti Balloon Safaris pilots and passengers spotted the mega-herds preparing to give birth in the Ndutu area, all the way to the Hidden Valley. 

Credit: Managing Director, John Corse

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Spotted a large number of the wildebeest and zebra migration in the Ndutu area

Nomad Tanzania, safari guide captured the wildebeest and zebra migration quenching their thirst in a waterhole in the Ndutu area. 

General Manager, Simon Kisingi also spotted a large number of the wildebeest and zebra migration in the Ndutu area.

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Migration quenching their thirst

24 Jan 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The wildebeest and zebra migration quenching their thirst in a waterhole in the Ndutu area. 

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- Image by Nomad Tanzania
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Ndutu is now a good area to visit for the calving season

24 Jan 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

It's the best time to visit the Ndutu area for the calving season. There's a big number of the wildebeest close to the Ndutu Safari Lodge. 

Credit: Benjamin

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Loita wildebeest and zebra have split into three groups

23 Jan 2018 from Great Plains Conservation

Following the unexpected rains in the Mara, the Loita wildebeest and zebra have split into three groups.

  • A good number of the Loita wildebeest are in the Loita plains, following the recent rains. 
  • A group of the Loita zebra are migrating in the Mara North Conservancy.
  • And the majority of the migration are migrating in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, south of the Mara Expedition. 

Credit: Mara Expedition Camp, Assistant Manager, John Parmasau

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The herds are migrating within the Ndutu Wilderness Camps

22 Jan 2018 from Wild Frontiers

Wild Frontiers safari guides, report that the herds are migrating within the Ndutu Wilderness Camp towards Olduvai Gorge.

- Image by Wild Frontiers
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Wildebeest and zebra migrating just outside the Ubuntu Camp

22 Jan 2018 from Asilia Africa

Safari Guide, Elia Edward was on a game drive when he saw a herd of the wildebeest and zebra migrating just outside the Ubuntu Camp heading towards Olibayee. With the ongoing rain forecast in the Kusini area, it's no suprise that the herds are advancing into this area. 

Meanwhile, a small group of the migrating herds are stuck in the Hidden Valley enjoying the short grass plains. 

- Image by Elia Edward
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Migrating through the Hidden Valley on their way to the marsh in the Ndutu area

22 Jan 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

This morning, the herds were seen migrating through the Hidden Valley heading towards to the marsh in the Ndutu area. 

- Image by Nomad Tanzania
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Wildebeest and zebra migration in the Kusini Camp

19 Jan 2018 from Asilia Africa

Ubuntu Camp guide, Elia Edward captured the stunning wildebeest and zebra migration in the Kusini Camp during his morning game drive.

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Migration herds enjoying the nutritious greed grass in the Kusini Camp

19 Jan 2018 from Asilia Africa

Hundreds of wildebeest and zebra migration herds were sighted enjoying the nutritious green grass in the Kusini Camp. 

Credit: Ubuntu Camp safari guide, Elia Edward

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Zebra crossing

Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps Safari guide, Empaps Sayialel witnessed the thrilling spectacle of a zebra crossing accompanied by migrating wildebeest and a small number of Common eland along the Ntiaktiak River. 

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- Image by Meshack
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Wildebeest migration was seen on the airstrip of the Kusini Camp

18 Jan 2018 from Asilia Africa

A good number of the wildebeest were sighted migrating through the airstrip of the Kusini Camp, on their way from the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Ubuntu Camp Ranger, Elia Edward

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- Image by Elia Edward
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The resident Loita movement

18 Jan 2018 from Governors' Camp

The resident Loita movement has been reserved to the short grass of the northern areas of the Mara Reserve.

To include the conservancies, the majority of wildebeest are in the Naboisho, Ol Kinyei and Olare Orok Conservancies with a few scattered herds (of which many are males) and will be seen in the northern reserve. 

Important note: These resident wildebeest no longer migrate into the Loita Hill areas due to human encroachment and settlement. 

Credit: Governors Camp Manager, Patrick Reynolds

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Scattered around the east of Gol Kopjes

17 Jan 2018 from Dennis Minja

This morning, the herds were scattered around the east of Gol Kopjes. 

- Image by Dennis Minja
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Migration is within the Ndutu area

17 Jan 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The wildebeest were seen migrating within the Ndutu area, heading to the Matiti Plains (landmark called Twin Hills).

The beautiful Matiti Plains that surround Twin Hills is home to huge female herds of wildebeest during the green season. This is the main plain that the wildebeest use for calving from January to March.

Unlike most antelopes who seek cover when giving birth, pregnant wildebeest gather on the most open terrain available. The Matiti plain is also a particularly good area to view cheetahs.

Credit: Ranger, Stephen

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Moving towards Lemuta Hill and Goal Mountains

16 Jan 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

After the heavy rains in the Ndutu, elephants (also known as neighbours) are seen every day in the evenings around the seasonal pool - close to the Serengeti Safari Camp. 

The migration is in the woodlands and plains moving towards Lemuta Hill and Goal Mountains. Meanwhile, a good number of the wildebeest were sighted on the roads from Golini Triangle to Olduvai Gorge. 

Credit: Nomad Tanzania

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wildebeest were seen migrating in the Gol Kopjes

15 Jan 2018 from Dennis Minja

A herd of migrating wildebeest were seen in the Gol Kopjes, south-east of the Serengeti. 

Credit: Serengeti Cheetah Project Project Manager, Dennis Minja

- Image by Dennis Minja
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Wildebeest and zebra migration in the Gol Kopjes

15 Jan 2018 from Leopard Tours Ltd

Safari Ranger, Basil Akonaäy spotted the wildebeest and zebra herds migrating in the Gol Kopjes during his afternoon game drive. 

- Image by Basil Akonaäy
- Image by Basil Akonaäy
- Image by Basil Akonaäy
- Image by Basil Akonaäy
- Image by Basil Akonaäy
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River crossing

Porini Lion Camp Manager, Patrick Wachira, shared this incredible footage of the Loita migration crossing the Ntiaktiak River, Maasai Mara.

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Herd of migrating wildebeest in the Gol Kopjes, south-east of the Serengeti

15 Jan 2018 from Dennis Minja

Serengeti Cheetah Project Manager, Dennis Minja shared the stunning footage of the wildebeest migration in the Gol Kopjes, south-east of the Serengeti. 

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The first arrival of the wildebeest at Lake Masek

09 Jan 2018 from Sidai Africa Safaris

The first arrival of the wildebeest have been sighted at the Lake Masek. The image was captured three days ago when the rain started in the Ndutu area. 

Note: Lake Masek is the lake in the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Sidai Africa Safaris owner, Emanuel Melubo Mamasita 

- Image by Emanuel Melubo Mamasita
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Ndutu Area

09 Jan 2018 from Leopard Tours Ltd

On the 06 Jan 2018, the wildebeest were sighted migrating through the Ndutu area.

Credit: Safari Guide, Basil Akonaäy

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Wildebeest near Naabi Hill

09 Jan 2018 from David G.Sulle

Yesterday, David Sulle was travelling to Mwanza, through the Serengeti and came across a good number of the wildebeest near the Naabi Hills. 

They were coming from the northern part of the Serengeti and Loliondo. 

- Image by David G.Sulle
- Image by David G.Sulle
- Image by David G.Sulle
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Wildebeest in the Ndutu area

08 Jan 2018 from Asilia Africa

There's still lots of rain around the Ndutu area.

Today, Ubuntu Camp Guide, Elia Edward shared the stunning footage of the wildebeest migration in the Ndutu plains moving towards the Naabi Hills area. 

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Loita migration at Olare Orok Conservancy

Did you know? The great wildebeest migration has a little brother called the Loita migration!

They were seen over the weekend and this morning in the Olare Orok Conservancy, Kenya. 

Although the Loita migration does not cross the Mara River to go south into the Serengeti, it still provides an incredible migration experience at an incredible time of the year with wonderful interaction and you can enjoy private conservancies that offer walking, night drives and off-road driving. This all makes visiting the Masai Mara for the Loita migration worth your while.

Credit: Porini Lion Camp Manager, Patrick Wachira

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- Image by Patrick Wachira
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Wildebeest sightings in the Ndutu area

05 Jan 2018 from Malaki Samwell Saningo

Wildebeest sightings in the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Malaki Samwell Saningo

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- Image by Malaki Samwell Saningo
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Lots of rain around the Ndutu

04 Jan 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Lots of rain around the Ndutu area this morning.

With the ongoing rain forecast, it would be no surprise if some herds keep advancing into this area. 

Credit: Benjamin

 
 

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There is a small group of wildebeest around Ndutu Lodge

03 Jan 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

There is a small group of the wildebeest around the Ndutu Lodge.

There is however a much larger group on the makao road, heading to the Serengeti Kusini. 

Credit: Benjamin

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preparing to give birth to newborn calves

03 Jan 2018 from Sidai Africa Safaris

The migratory herds were sighted grazing and preparing to give birth to newborn calves in the southern Serengeti near Lake Ndutu. 

Credit: Sidai Africa Safaris owner, Emanuel Melubo Mamasita 

- Image by Emanuel Melubo Mamasita
- Image by Emanuel Melubo Mamasita
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Short rains in the Ndutu area

03 Jan 2018 from Leopard Tours Ltd

A big herd of the wildebeest is in the Southern Serengeti, in between the Ngorongoro and Serengeti boundary. 

However, due to the short rains in the Ndutu area, a small herd of the wildebeest were seen migrating in the Ndutu area this morning (3 Jan 2018).

Credit: Basil Akonaäy

- Image by Basil Akonaäy

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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

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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

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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

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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.