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
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- 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
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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. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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Lodges closest to the herd right now

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from herd

Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

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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2 km

from herd

Chaka Camp

279

per person per night

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

2 km

from herd

Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

per person per night

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

Price on Request

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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3 km

from herd

Camp Zebra

$ 495

per person per night

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.