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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.