May 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Herd of zebra and wildebeest migration spotted in the Naabi Hill

29 May 2018 from Asilia Africa

Ranger Elia Edward captured a herd of zebra and wildebeest migration in the Naabi Hill, during his morning game drive. 

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The Namiri Plains Camp was treated to a view of thousands of the wildebeest bordering the camp

The Namiri Plains Camp is treated to a view of thousands of wildebeest bordering the camp. Meanwhile, lots of wildebeest are moving further towards the Namiri Plains. 

Credit: Camp Manager, Diana Shambi

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A magic day in the Ndutu

27 May 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The herds are still enjoying the beaming fresh, lush grass in the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Lodge Manager, Ainslie Wilson

- Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Ranger Karim Saadun captured a massive herd in the Simiyu area heading towards the Moru

26 May 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Ranger Karim Saadun captured a massive herd in the Simiyu area heading towards the Moru Kopjes. 

- Image by Karim Saadun
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A small group of wildebeest spotted in the East Namiri Plains and the Barafu Kopjes

22 May 2018 from Kipori Safari

Managing director and lead driver, Simon Zacharia spent three days in the Serengeti following the wildebeest migration, during his safari he spotted a small group of wildebeest in the East Namiri Plains and the Barafu Kopjes. 

On the last day of his safari, he drove to the Ndutu area and captured a very large group enjoying the lush green grass. The Ndutu area is the best place to spot the herds, he says.  

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The herds are in no hurry to leave the Ndutu area

21 May 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The herds are in no hurry to leave the Ndutu area!

Lodge Manager, Ainslie Wilson captured the wildebeest and zebra enjoying the lush green grass in the Ndutu. 

- Image by Ainslie Wilson
- Image by Ainslie Wilson
- Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Still raining heavily throughout the Serengeti

18 May 2018 from Nomad Tanzania

It's still raining heavily throughout the Serengeti!

The big herd is migrating along the Naabi Hills, heading towards the mawe ya Simba.

Credit: Ranger, Ian Kiwelu

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A small herd of the wildebeest has been seen heading back into the Ndutu

17 May 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

A small group of herds has been seen heading back into the Ndutu. 

Meanwhile, a large herd is moving slowly into the Central Serengeti through the Simba Kopjes and Gol Kopjes on their way to the Northern Serengeti. 

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The Wildebeest Migration is returning to the Ndutu!

15 May 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The Wildebeest Migration is returning to the Ndutu!

Lodge Manager, Ainslie Wilson spotted thousands of the wildebeest streaming down onto the Ndutu Lakeshore during her morning game drive.

- Image by Ainslie Wilson
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It’ raining heavily in the Serengeti, mainly in the western area

15 May 2018 from Asilia Africa

It's raining heavily in the Serengeti, mainly in the western area.

Safari guide, Leverd Enock spotted the herds migrating in the south of Ndutu and some in the Maswa area. 

- Image by Joy Safari Bay
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A large number of herds were seen between the Naabi Hill and Simba Kopjes area

14 May 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

A large number of herds were seen between the Naabi Hill and Simba Kopjes area, moving towards the Central Serengeti.

However, a small group of herds is moving slowly in the triangle of the Ndutu and Goloni area.  

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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The migration is occurring around the Naabi Hill Gate (Golini)

The migration is occurring around the Naabi Hill Gate (Golini).

Credit: Assistant Manager, Justin Bernard

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Large herds of the migration streaming to the south onto the Ndutu Plains

13 May 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Lodge Manager, Ainslie Wilson captured a large herd of the migration streaming to the south onto the Ndutu Plains.

This is the best green season ever, she says!

- Image by Ainslie Wilson
- Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Ndutu still has a few stragglers in the area

13 May 2018 from Nasikia Camps

Ndutu still has a few stragglers in the area. 

Credit: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp safari guide, Mohamed Hassan 

- Image by Mohamed Hassan
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The migration is about 4-10 miles in the western area of the Naabi Hills

12 May 2018 from Auric Air

The herds were migrating about 4-10 miles in the western area of the Naabi Hills and 9-15 miles in the Northern side of the Ndutu area. 

Credit: Pilot, Steve Cunningham

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A large herd of wildebeest were seen in the eastern Serengeti, near the Research Kopjes

12 May 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Safari guide Baraka Ng’wavi captured a large herd of wildebeest in the eastern Serengeti, near the Research Kopjes. 

- Image by Baraka Ng’wavi
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Photographer Roshni Lodhia’s Serengeti experience

11 May 2018 from Roshni Lodhia

Photographer Roshni Lodhia's Serengeti experience: 

Roshni Lodhia was in the Mara region of the Serengeti National Park. It was around 5:30pm and she was hoping to catch the sunset over the beautifully built Mara River Post Lodge perched on a hilltop.

So, she hopped into the 4-wheel-drive to the bottom of the hill, only to see this looming cloud cover approaching their way. The safari driver stopped the vehicle and she scrambled to the roof to get this image.

Within a 10-minute time frame, she watched the storm sweep over them as if in a movie scene. When it reached them, there was no drizzle or hint of rain as a warning - it down-right poured with lollipop-sized hailstones hitting the windows.

Their vehicle was shaking from side to side and there was absolutely no visibility beyond the walls of the car. It was a crazy and once-in-a-lifetime experience, she says.

- Image by Roshni Lodhia
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Wildebeest and zebra migrating from the south

10 May 2018 from Emily J. Beverly

The NSF-EAR Postdoctoral Emily, captured the wildebeest and zebra migrating from the south where it had been raining in the Lake Ndutu for fresh water. 

- Image by Emily J. Beverly
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A large group of the wildebeest and zebra were seen moving past the Namiri Plains, heading north

06 May 2018 from Asilia Africa

A large group of the wildebeest and zebra were seen moving past the Namiri Plains, heading north.

Credit: Safari guide, Leverd Enock

- Image by Ombeni Kanuya
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Big herd of migrating wildebeest spotted in the Research Kopjes

05 May 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

A  big herd of migrating wildebeest were spotted in the Research Kopjes, heading towards the Zebra Kopjes.

The Kopjes are in the Southern area of Namiri and the northern side of Gol Kopjes. 

Credit: Ranger, Kareem Saadun

- Image by Kareem Saadun
- Image by Kareem Saadun
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The wildebeest start their Great Migration to the north

04 May 2018 from Sidai Africa Safaris

Today the wildebeest start their Great Migration to the north!

They can be seen moving north, migrating to seek fresh grazing and water. The area around Maru Kopjes and west of Seronera is hectic with a series of moving columns, often thousands of animals - joined by zebra, Thomson's and Grant's gazelles all moving together and followed by lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal and vultures as cleaners of the Serengeti ecosystem. 

Credit: Owner, Emanuel Melubo Mamasita

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Marlina captured the migratory herds in the Gol Kopjes

03 May 2018 from Marlina Moreno

Conservation Biologist Filmmaker, Marlina captured the migratory herds in the Gol Kopjes area of the Serengeti. 

- Image by Marlina
- Image by Marlina
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The majority of the herds are heading back down south towards the Gol Kopjes

03 May 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

The majority of the herds are heading back down south towards the Gol Kopjes.

There was a major rain storm in the Ndutu area over the past weekend. 

Credit: Sales and Marketing, Johann Lombard

- Image by Young Henry
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Heavy rains still continuing in the southern Serengeti Plains

02 May 2018 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Due to the heavy rains still continuing in the southern Serengeti Plains, the wildebeest are widespread, particularly in Lake Ndutu around the Naabi Hill, Gol Kopjes and the Barafu area. 

Credit: Lodge Manager, Ainslie Wilson

- Image by Ainslie Wilson
- Image by Ainslie Wilson
- Image by Ainslie Wilson
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Wildebeest have returned from where they were a couple of days ago in the Gol Kopjes area

02 May 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Safari guide Muba Mkepo was travelling through the southern region of the Naabi Hill towards the Ndutu. Much to his surprise, he noted that the wildebeest had returned from where they were a couple of days ago in the Gol Kopjes area.

The migration is now moving southwest towards the Hidden Valley and the southern part of the Serengeti. They are following the recent rains that have showered the region, promoting exponential grass growth which they are in need of for their long journey to the north. 

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 800

per person per night

The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles). And Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all.

In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Our Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation

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10 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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

11 km

from herd

Governors' Camp

280

per person per night

Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp. 

Serengeti Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

11 km

from herd

Serengeti Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to a new location. We work under Park’s guidelines and the camp is truly eco-friendly.

Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en suite eco-friendly toilet and bush-shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is by 12-volt (solar powered) with bedside lamps provided. The tents each have a shady verandah, where guests may relax and read quietly or perhaps watch birds and animals.