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 

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- 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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Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

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Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.

This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.

 

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 km

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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.

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5 km

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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.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

6 km

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Singita Mara

$ 1515

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Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom-designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 km

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Sayari Camp

$ 753

per person per night

When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five countries on the continent.

The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.