March 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

Safari pilot Enrique Ramos witnessed a big group of the wildebeest and zebra migration

29 Mar 2018 from auricair

Safari pilot Enrique Ramos witnessed a big group of the wildebeest and zebra migration between the Ndutu and Kusini area. 

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A big herd is migrating around the Ndutu area

28 Mar 2018 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

A big herd is migrating around the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Kilimanjaro Safaris co-founder, Michael Wachira

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Wildebeest migrating over the Ndutu Lake - heading towards their grazing grounds

27 Mar 2018 from Ben Deary

Former safari guide Ben Deary captured the wildebeest on the march across the Ndutu Lake - heading towards their grazing grounds. 

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Kalle Viira captured the herds searching for a crossing point at Lake Ndutu

27 Mar 2018 from Kalle Viira

Kalle Viira captured the herds searching for a crossing point at the Lake Ndutu. 

- Image by Kalle Viira
- Image by Kalle Viira
- Image by Kalle Viira
- Image by Kalle Viira
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Shamba la Marahage captured the wildebeest migrating between the Naabi and Ndutu area

27 Mar 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

During morning game drives in the Serengeti, Shamba la Marahage captured the wildebeest migrating between the Naabi and Ndutu area.

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The wildebeest migration is roaming around the Ndutu area towards the marsh

27 Mar 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

The wildebeest migration is roaming around the Ndutu area towards the marsh.

The herds are heading towards the Gol Kopjes and Lemuta Hills as well as to the open plains of the An'gata Selei to Olbalbal depression for the green graze and water.

Credit: Serengeti Nomad

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There’s a good number of the Loita migration in the Naboisho Conservancy and more to the east

26 Mar 2018 from Asilia Africa

There's a good number of the Loita migration in the Naboisho Conservancy and more to the east. 

Credit: Rekero Camp safari guide, Senchura Kaleku

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Donna Duggan witnessed a big herd of the wildebeest migrating within the small marsh, Nasikia Camp

25 Mar 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Maasai Wanderings Director, Donna Duggan witnessed a big herd of the wildebeest migrating within the small marsh at the Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp. 

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The rain has stopped and the herds are enjoying the lush green grass in the Naabi Gate Serengeti

23 Mar 2018 from Lemala Camps

The rain has stopped and the herds are enjoying the lush green grass in the Naabi Gate Serengeti. 

Credit: Ranger, Baraka Willium

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A big number of the wildebeest and zebra were seen migrating near the small marsh in the Ndutu area

22 Mar 2018 from Dennis Minja

A big number of the wildebeest and zebra were seen migrating near the small marsh in the Ndutu area. 

- Image by Dennis Minja
- Image by Dennis Minja
- Image by Dennis Minja
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The Loita migration are dropping their newly-born calves in the Naboisho Conservancy

20 Mar 2018 from Asilia Africa

The Loita migration are dropping their newly-born calves in the Naboisho Conservancy and the Loita Plains. 

Rekero Camp safari guide Senchura Kaleku reported, "the annual wildebeest migration might start late this year in Kenya due to the heavy rains that we're now experiencing. The idea of the migration is primarily in search of pastures, so if the rain continues up until May, then the migration might start late in Kenya as they'll still be enjoying the green in the Serengeti."

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A large herd of the migration was captured following the rainstorm in the Ndutu area

20 Mar 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

A large herd of the migration was captured following the rainstorm in the Ndutu area. 

However, another group was seen heading towards the Gol Mountains and Lemuta Hill, enjoying the green pastures and nutritious grass that the lactating mothers and calves need. 

Credit: Nomad Tanzania's expert guide, Nathan Losaru

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Heavy rains in the Southern Serengeti

20 Mar 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Due to the heavy rain in the Southern Serengeti, the herds are spread out from the Gol Plains to Naabi Hill and moving back towards the Ndutu area. 

There are also occasional sightings in the Punda Kopjes and the Sametu Kopjes.

Credit: Maasai Wanderings Ltd Director, Donna Duggan
 

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It is raining heavily throughout the Serengeti

It is raining heavily throughout the Serengeti and the herds are scattered throughout the southern Serengeti towards the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Serengeti Pioneer Camp General Manager, Simon Kisingi

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A large number of the wildebeest and zebra are migrating in the Naabi Hill, towards the Gol Kopjes

19 Mar 2018 from Malaki Samwell Saningo

A large number of the wildebeest and zebra are migrating in the Naabi Hill, towards the Gol Kopjes and the Ndutu Forest. 

- Image by Malaki Samwell Saningo
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The rains are in full force and so are the wildebeest in the Ndutu Safari Lodge

15 Mar 2018 from Ben Deary

The rains are in full force and so are the wildebeest around Ndutu Safari Lodge. 

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Thousands of the wildebeest and zebra are migrating in the south Serengeti and the Ndutu area

14 Mar 2018 from Auric Air

Thousands of the wildebeest and zebra are migrating in the south Serengeti and the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Pilot, Steve Cunningham

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Wildebeest calves are thriving in the Ndutu area

14 Mar 2018 from Dennis Minja

Wildebeest calves are finding their feet well in the Ndutu area, heading towards the Seronera area.

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March is the last month that the mobile camps operate in the Serengeti

14 Mar 2018 from Malaki Samwell Saningo

March is the last month that the mobile camps operate in the Serengeti! In the meantime, Malaki Samwell Saningo spotted a large herd in the Ndutu forest onward to the Seronera area. 

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Migration at its best in the Central Serengeti, Seronera Valley.

13 Mar 2018 from Asilia Africa

Elia Edward captured the migration at its best in the Central Serengeti, Seronera Valley. 

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Large herds around the Naabi and Simba Kopjes

11 Mar 2018 from Wild Frontiers

Safari guide Bahati witnessed a large herd around the Naabi Hill and Simba Kopjes during his game drive from the Central Serengeti. However, there were a small group of herds within the Moru Kopjes on the 10 March 2018.

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Emanuel Melubo Mamasita, witnessed a large group of the wildebeest and zebra in the Naabi Hill Gate

07 Mar 2018 from Sidai Africa Safaris

Emanuel Melubo Mamasita, witnessed a large group of the wildebeest and zebra at the Naabi Hill Gate. 

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Herds from the Lemala Ewanjan

02 Mar 2018 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Baraka Willium captured the herds from the Lemala Ewanjan, in the central Serengeti.

- Image by Baraka Willium
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The herds are scattered in the Rongai towards the Sopa Serengeti

01 Mar 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

The herds are scattered in the Rongai towards the Sopa Serengeti, following the rain storm in the Central Serengeti. 

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Lodges closest to the herd right now

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

from herd

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

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.

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5 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.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

6 km

from herd

Singita Mara

$ 1515

per person per night

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

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.