July 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Rains in the Masai Mara

31 Jul 2018 from Asilia Africa

With the current rains dropping every evening for the last few days in the Masai Mara. Part of the migrating wildebeest herds moved north-west of the Lookout Hill, while another herd is migrating in the north-east of the Lookout Hill area. 

Credit: Ranger Onesmus Ole Irungu

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- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
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Crossing at Kogatende

31 Jul 2018 from Wild Frontiers

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp safari guide, Raymond Henry spotted the great migration crossing the Mara River at Kogatende. 

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Huge crossing at point number 4 in the Kogatende

30 Jul 2018 from Lemala Camps

There are huge crossings currently underway at point number 4 in the Kogatende. The herds are crossing in the Northern Serengeti heading towards the Masai Mara. 

Credit: Lemala Kuria Hills Camp ranger, Frank Gabriel

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Huge crossing at point number 4

30 Jul 2018 from Lemala Camps

Lemala Kuria Hills Camp safari guide Baraka Willium captured a huge crossing at point number 4 this morning. 

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Migration at Kakerok in the Masai Mara

28 Jul 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

Safari guide Ian Kiwelu spotted the wildebeest migration at Kakerok in the Masai Mara during his morning game drive. 

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Most recent crossing in the Mara River number 9

27 Jul 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Safari guide Mohamed Hassan captured the most recent crossing in the Mara River number 9. 

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Migrating in the Northern Serengeti at Kogatende, Nyamalumbwa plains

27 Jul 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

The herds are migrating in the Northern Serengeti at Kogatende, Nyamalumbwa plains heading towards the Mara River.

A large number have crossed the Mara River to Lamai Wedge - in search of green pastures and water. 

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Crossing continues at point number 8

27 Jul 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

The crossing continues with huge numbers running the gauntlet of the Mara River at point number 8. 

Credit: Safari guide, Kareen Saadun

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- Image by Kareen Saadun
- Image by Kareen Saadun
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Herds gathered on the Lemala Kuria Hills side to cross point number 9

26 Jul 2018 from Lemala Camps

A large number of herds gathered on the Lemala Kuria Hills side to cross point number 9. The herds are heading south from the north towards the Mara Triangle. 

Credit: Safari guide, Baraka Willium

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Thousands of wildebeest and zebra have started to check in to the Maasai Mara from the Serengeti

26 Jul 2018 from Asilia Africa

Safari guide, Onesmus Ole Irungu reported that thousands of wildebeest and zebra have started to check in the Maasai Mara from the Serengeti. 

- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
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Crossing at point number 8

25 Jul 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

Chaos at point number 8 with hungry crocodiles picking off wildebeest.

Safari guide, Ian Kiwelu captured a large herd of the migration crossing the Mara River. 

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- Image by Ian Kiwelu
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An amazing view of the wildebeest in the Masai Mara

August is looking great for huge crossings on both sides of Mara River as the wildebeest migration arrives on the Kenyan side of the Masai Mara. 

Credit: Porini Lion Camp, safari guide Meshack Sayialel.

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First crossing of 2018 in the Mara River at Point number 8

22 Jul 2018 from Ranger Safaris

Safari guide Wilfred was ecstatic to witness one of the first Mara River crossings in July 2018! Between 2,000-4,000 wildebeest crossed the Mara River at Point number 8.

August is a hot and humid month as the dry season kicks into overdrive. The wildebeest herds will continue their search for lush, greener grass and by doing so, attempt to cross the dangerous, crocodile-infested water of the Mara River.

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The first Mara River crossing at Point number 8

22 Jul 2018 from Asilia Africa

Safari guide Elia Edward was one of the first people to witness the first Mara River crossing at Point number 8. 

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Migration at Makutano

21 Jul 2018 from Asilia Africa

Safari guide, Elia Edward captured the migration during his morning game drives at Makutano, close to the Mara River. 

The Makutano area is very busy with daily crossings from point number 4 to number 9. 

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Loita migration at Naboisho heading towards Enesikiria

20 Jul 2018 from Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp

Safari guide Raphael Rotiken spotted the Loita migration at Naboisho heading towards Enesikiria. 

- Image by Raphael Rotiken
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Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp is surrounded by huge herds

20 Jul 2018 from Nasikia Camps

The Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp is surrounded by huge herds all the way to the Kogatende near Kitchwa, Tembo.

Credit: Safari guide, Rick Thomas

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- Image by Rick Thomas
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Loita migration crossing the Osupukiai River from Ol Kinyei Conservancy

19 Jul 2018 from Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp

Every year in July, the Loita migration meets up with the larger great migratory herds from the south. The Mara Plains become a crowded mass of frolicking wildebeest, all competing for the lush green vegetation. 

Safari guide, Raphael Rotiken captured the Loita migration crossing the Osupukiai River from Ol Kinyei Conservancy heading to Naboisho. 

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- Image by Raphael Rotiken
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A large group of topi and zebra in the Talek area

19 Jul 2018 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

Michael Wachira spotted a large group topi and zebra in the Talek area in the Maasai Mara during his morning game drives. 

- Image by Michael Wachira
- Image by Michael Wachira
- Image by Michael Wachira
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A small crossing at number eight and a big number around Bologonja River

18 Jul 2018 from Asilia Africa

Safari guide Elia Edward reported a small crossing at number eight and a big number around Bologonja River.

The first smaller herds of wildebeest and zebra have crossed over into the Maasai Mara whilst the majority have made it to the Northern Serengeti gathering along the river getting ready for the great crossing into the Maasai Mara. Rush hour is upon us and we can't wait!

- Image by Elia Edward
- Image by Elia Edward
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Migration spread out across the Sasakwa Plain

18 Jul 2018 from Singita - Grumeti

Head guide, Mark Nicholson witnessed the migration spread out across the Sasakwa Plain during his morning game drives. 

Sasakwa is situated in the Grumeti Reserve, northern Tanzania and forms part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. 

- Image by Mark Nicholson
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The Great Migration has arrived in the Kogatende in the Northern Serengeti

17 Jul 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

The Great Migration has arrived in the Kogatende up in the Northern Serengeti, getting ready for the epic crossing over the Masai River. The herds are gathering along the river all the way to the Gardenia Valley moving into the Nyamalumbwa Plains and the Sand River - while a small group have already crossed the Sand River. 

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Approximately 100,000 wildebeest were sighted

17 Jul 2018 from Singita - Grumeti

The majority of the migration has moved through the Grumeti concession heading northeast out of the Ikorongo Reserve. However, approximately 100,000 wildebeest were seen entering the concession just downstream of the Faru Faru Lodge along the Grumeti River. 

Credit: Head guide, Mark Nicholson

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First crossing of the season with a lot of wildebeest at the Sand River

16 Jul 2018 from Mara Bush Camp

First crossing of the season with a lot of wildebeest at the Sand River. 

The Sand River is located within the Masai Mara Reserve on a secluded and picturesque site. The river sits on the migration route for the millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thompson's gazelle that move between Serengeti and Maasai Mara every year.  

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Wildebeest in the Kichwa Tembo

16 Jul 2018 from Olakira Camp - Asilia Africa

Safari guide Emmanuel Matari was on his game drive to see the Great Migration. He spotted the wildebeest in the Kichwa Tembo.

Huge herds are on their way to the Mara River with big numbers having crossed the Sand River this year into the Mara Reserve side. 

- Image by Emmanuel Matari
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Safari guide Baraka Willium spotted the arrival of the migration in the Kogatende

15 Jul 2018 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Baraka Willium spotted the arrival of the migration in the Kogatende. The area is best visited during July to the end of November when the herds are in the Northern Serengeti and hopefully crossing the Mara River. 

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Herds migrating in the Seronera area heading towards the Kogatenda

14 Jul 2018 from Olakira Camp - Asilia Africa

Safari guide Emmanuel Matari came across a small number of herds during his morning game drives in the Seronera area heading towards the Kogatenda, Northern Serengeti. The guide also reported that the crossing might start in about a weeks time from now. 

- Image by Emmanuel Matari
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Large herds of the wildebeest and zebra scattered around the Mbalageti Lodge

13 Jul 2018 from Mbalageti Serengeti

Lodge Manager André Velders, was enjoying his breakfast when he saw large herds of wildebeest and zebra scattered around the lodge.

- Image by André Velders
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Muhammad witnessed the arrival of the wildebeest and zebra migration in the Masai Mara

13 Jul 2018 from Muhammad Anis

Muhammad witnessed the arrival of the wildebeest and zebra migration in the Masai Mara, Kenya around the Sand River Gate from the Serengeti in Tanzania this morning. 

- Image by Muhammad Anis
- Image by Muhammad Anis
- Image by Muhammad Anis
- Image by Muhammad Anis
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New arrival in the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

12 Jul 2018 from Alex Walker's Serian

Safari guide Michael Thomas spotted a new arrival in the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. 

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About 50,000 wildebeest are spread out across the Grumeti concession from the Sasakwa Plains

12 Jul 2018 from Singita - Grumeti

About 50,000 wildebeest are spread out across the Grumeti concession from the Sasakwa Plains towards the Faru Faru area. However, large herds are moving towards the east of Ikorongo reserve along the Grumeti River. 

Credit: Head guide, Mark Nicholson

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30,000 wildebeest and zebra seen crossing the Sand River

30,000 wildebeest and zebra crossed the Sand River mere feet from where the guests were enjoying their bush breakfast. The unspoiled beauty and off the beaten track location of the lodge plays a big role in the sheer magic of staying in this area of the Masai Mara. 

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Wes spotted the wildebeest in Grumeti Game Reserve

11 Jul 2018 from Wes

Wes spotted the wildebeest during his morning game drive in the Raho drainage in the Grumeti Game Reserve. 

- Image by Wes
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The herds were spotted in the Asanja Grumeti Camp, in the Nyasirori Plains

10 Jul 2018 from Asanja Luxury Tented Camp

The herds were spotted by guests at the Asanja Grumeti, Nyasirori Plains. 

Migratory herds spotted moving across the vast grasslands

10 Jul 2018

Migratory herds were spotted moving across the vast grasslands of the Grumeti Reserve by George Tolchard. 

- Image by George Tolchard
- Image by George Tolchard
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Big herd of wildebeest and zebra seen roaming through the Grumeti Reserve

06 Jul 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

Safari guide, Nathan Losaru spotted a big herd of the wildebeest and zebra roaming in the Grumeti towards the Ikorongo Game Reserve during his afternoon game drive. 

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The herds were crossing the Mbalageti River

06 Jul 2018 from Mbalageti Serengeti

A large group of the wildebeest along with a small group of zebras were spotted one kilometres close to the lodge. The herds were heading to the Mbalageti River crossing point. 

Credit: Lodge manager, André Velders

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- Image by André Velders
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Pieter was lucky to experience the great migration in the western corridor

05 Jul 2018 from Pieter Roodt

Pieter Roodt was lucky to experience the great migration in the western corridor, while he caught up with the wildebeest in the Grumeti Reserve. 

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This guide returned from his morning game drive and captured a big herd in the Musabi Plains

05 Jul 2018 from Malaki Samwell Saningo

This guide returned from his morning game drive and captured a big herd in the Musabi Plains heading towards the Grumeti Reserve. 

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A Grumeti River crossing

04 Jul 2018 from Michelle L

Michelle encountered the wildebeest migration in the Grumeti River during her afternoon game drives. The entire herd took about 1-2 minutes to cross.

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The first group of the wildebeest in the Sand River

03 Jul 2018 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

Co-director, Michael Wachira was also fortunate to sight the first group of the wildebeest in the Sand River during his morning game drives.  

- Image by Michael Wachira
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Mohammed Billow witnessed the first herd in the Sand River border

03 Jul 2018 from Mohammed Billow

Freelancer safari guide Mohammed witnessed the first herd in the Sand River border.

In the next few weeks, Mara will be hosting close to two million wildebeest, zebra and antelope coming in from the Serengeti. 

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Safari guide, Karim Saadum captured spotted more herds in the Musabi Plains

02 Jul 2018 from Nasikia Camps

July marks the start of the Mara River crossing as well as the mating season in the Serengeti. The herds are in the Grumeti Reserve, moving through the western side of the Serengeti past Fort Ikoma. However, expect dry weather throughout July. 

Safari guide, Karim Saadum captured spotted more herds in the Musabi Plains. 

The stunning Musabi Plains offer superb off the beaten path game drives. Musabi is an expansive area of plains roughly half way down the Western Corridor and is the favored breeding ground of the topi antelope. The surrounding area is covered in verdant acacia woodlands, which support a myriad of herbivores. Giraffe (the national emblem of Tanzania) dominate the woodlands as they feed exclusively on the tender leaves of acacia trees. Elephants are also found in large numbers here. 

- Image by Karim Saadum
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- Image by Karim Saadum
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Herds are roaming for grazing in the western corridor of the Serengeti near the Grumeti River

01 Jul 2018 from Bonnie

Bonnie captured the herds roaming for grazing land in the western corridor of the Serengeti near the Grumeti River. 

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 km

from herd

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.

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3 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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.