November 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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It had been raining for the past two days and the area beyond Sundowner Hill is very wet

29 Nov 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

It had been raining for the past two days and the area beyond Sundowner Hill is very wet. 

A large herd was seen moving from the Nyasirori plains heading towards the Sundowner Hills. However. some herds were heading to the Grumeti Reserve. 

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Masai Mara is the northmost point of the great wildebeest migration

28 Nov 2018 from Elvis

Masai Mara is the northmost point of the great wildebeest migration. Over two million wildebeest migrate through Tanzania and Kenya in search of grazing opportunities.

During Elvis visit, the Mara River was dry - making it easy for the movement of the wildebeest. 

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A large herd of the wildebeest was seen grazing at Nyasirori plains in the Western Serengeti

27 Nov 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

A large herd of the wildebeest was seen grazing at Nyasirori plains in the Western Serengeti.

The herds will soon move towards the Grumeti Reserve, Grumeti Airstrip and the Sundowner Hill. 

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A small group of the wildebeest is still roaming the Northern Serengeti

26 Nov 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

A small group of the wildebeest is still roaming the Northern Serengeti. However, a large herd has been seen in the Western Serengeti at the Kirawira area. 

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Grimus captured the herds in the Masai Mara, close to the Sarova Mara Camp

22 Nov 2018 from Grimus

Grimus was offered a front seat to the Great Wildebeest Migration during her stay at the Sarova Mara Game Camp in the Masai Mara. 

The migratory heads were heading back into the Serengeti National Park. 

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The zebras lead the way as more than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate to the Southern Serengeti

21 Nov 2018 from Shreya

The zebras lead the way as more than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate to the Southern Serengeti. 

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The Migration is on the move in the Western Serengeti

19 Nov 2018 from Serengeti Nomad

The Migration is on the move in the Western Serengeti!

A large group of herds has been seen at Kirawira Western Serengeti on the move towards the Southern Serengeti. Prediction are: they will soon be seen in the Central Serengeti! This is the route they use every year to make it to the Southern Serengeti plains. 

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Crossings continue at point No 0 from the north towards the Southern Serengeti

18 Nov 2018 from Asilia Africa

Great wildebeest migration crossings continue at point No 0 from the north towards the Southern Serengeti.

Credit: Safari guide, Elia Edward

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It’s November and we’re still seeing amazing crossings under the watchful guidance of Frank Gabriel

13 Nov 2018 from Lemala Camps

CLOSE CALL!! It's November and we're still seeing amazing crossings at Makutano Junction between 7 and 8 crossing point under the watchful guidance of Frank Gabriel.  

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Wildebeest crossing point number 7 back into the Southern Serengeti

12 Nov 2018 from Asilia Africa

November might bring rain, but it's still a good time to see the wildebeest in the Serengeti. Most of the herds have moved back into the Serengeti and can be found in the Lobo, Mbuze Mawe and Seronera Valley areas.

Safari guide Elia Edward spotted the herds crossing point number 7 back into the Southern Serengeti. 

Cooler weather with showers are to be expected. 

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There is still some last-minute action on the Mara River in the Serengeti

09 Nov 2018 from Alex Walker's Serian

There is still some last-minute action on the Mara River in the Serengeti. The last wildebeest herds from the Maasai Mara are making their way south towards the Southern Serengeti Plains.

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Migration scattered across the plains of the Western Serengeti around the Grumeti area

08 Nov 2018 from Ranger Safaris

Safari guide Firozdin Rafiq saw a herd of the wildebeest migration scattered across the plains of the Western Serengeti around the Grumeti area. 

Due to the recent rains, the Sundown hills look nice and green as well as the Nyasirori plains are filled with wildebeest.

- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
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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

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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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.