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

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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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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

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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

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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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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.