October 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Wildebeest herds crossing the Mara River near the Kaskaz Mara Camp in search of greener pastures

29 Oct 2018 from Jennifer

Jennifer witnessed the incredible wildebeest herds crossing the Mara River in search of greener pastures near the Kaskaz Mara Camp

- Image by Jennifer
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The Mara River crossing is not over yet in the Masai Mara

25 Oct 2018 from Mohammed Essam

The Mara River crossing is not over yet in the Masai Mara!

Mohammed Essam captured a medium crossing in the Masai Mara River. The wildebeest herds are heading back into the Serengeti. Migration safaris sell out quickly and now is the best time to start planning for your 2019 front row seat to the Great Migration: http://bit.ly/2z1Gsml

- Image by Mohammed Essam
- Image by Mohammed Essam
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Book now to see the Great Migration River Crossing in 2019

24 Oct 2018 from Jackleberry Safaris

Alejandro Villanueva from Mexico was rewarded with a spectacular crossing in the Mara River during his stay at the Jackleberry Safari Camp, Masai Mara. Alejandro have been following our daily updates for several weeks to plan his trip and changing his plans a couple of times based on our information. Alejandro is thankful for the once in a lifetime experience. 

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Sporadic crossing far the northern Serengeti in the Mara River

23 Oct 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Ranger Hohamed Hassan saw sporadic crossings of the wildebeest in the Mara River, Serengeti National Park. 

- Image by Mohamed Hassan
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Massive river crossing in the Mara Triangle

22 Oct 2018 from Mara Triangle

Massive river crossing in the Lookout area, Mara Triangle - Maasai Mara National Reserve. 

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Huge crossing at point number 7 in the Serengeti during his morning game drive

20 Oct 2018 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Frank Gabriel captured a huge crossing at point number 7 in the Serengeti during his morning game drive. 

- Image by Frank Gabriel
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Wildebeest roaming around the Sand River Camp towards the Sala’s Camp

19 Oct 2018 from Ronoh Nick

Ronoh Nick witnessed the great migration roaming around the Sand River Camp heading towards the Sala Camp during his stay in the Serengeti. 

- Image by Ronoh Nick
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Crossings continue at point number 0 in the Mara River

18 Oct 2018 from Lemala Camps

Wildebeest migration crossings continue at point number 0 in the Mara River. 

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This lucky wildebeest managed to escape and successfully cross the Mara River

17 Oct 2018 from Singita - Grumeti

Close call! Despite being caught by the tail, this lucky wildebeest managed to escape and successfully cross the Mara River. ​

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Wildebeest roaming close to the Ashnil Mara Camp on the savannah plains of the Masai Mara

16 Oct 2018 from Linda

Linda was amazed to spot a herd of the wildebeest roaming on the savannah plains of the Masai Mara, close to the Ashnil Mara Camp.

- Image by Linda
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Masses of the wildebeest were seen on the plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve

11 Oct 2018 from Governors' Camp

Masses of the wildebeest were seen on the plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve drinking from the marsh in front of the Little Governors Camp.

- Image by George Murray
- Image by George Murray
- Image by George Murray
- Image by George Murray
- Image by George Murray
- Image by George Murray
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Large group of the wildebeest crossing the main crossing point in the Masai Mara

10 Oct 2018 from Caroline Anne Greenhalgh

The wildebeest herds were seen making their way back into the Serengeti from the Masai Mara. The wildebeest will move slower as they continue their endless search for water and lush green grass.

- Image by Caroline Anne Greenhalgh
- Image by Caroline Anne Greenhalgh
- Image by Caroline Anne Greenhalgh
- Image by Caroline Anne Greenhalgh
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Patience Pays

09 Oct 2018 from Onesmus Irungu

After waiting for exactly 8 hours and 42 minutes by the Banks of the Mara River. Onesmus Ole Irungu finally captured thousands of wildebeest crossing over to the Mara Triangle en-route back to the Serengeti. 

- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
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The migration in the Masai Mara is not over yet

08 Oct 2018 from Friedrich von Horsten

The migration in the Masai Mara is not over yet!​

Friedrich von Horsten witnessed his first ever Mara River crossing just south of the Ashnil Mara Camp on the 4 October 2018. Friedrich also encountered the herds in the Sand River coming from the south heading to the north - and another group on the Mara River heading into the Mara Triangle on the 6 October 2018. 

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Huge herd of the wildebeest crossing point number 4

07 Oct 2018 from Lemala Camps

Lemala Mara Camp safari guide Baraka Willium captured a huge herd of the wildebeest crossing point number 4. 

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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River at point number 4

07 Oct 2018 from Lemala Camps

The migration movement continues at point number 4 in the Mara River. 

Credit: Lemala Mara Camp ranger, Frank Gabriel

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The migration movement continues at point number 4 on the Mara River

06 Oct 2018 from Nasikia Camps

Safari guide Mohammed Sufian saw the herds crossing point number 4 in the Mara River during his morning game drive. 

- Image by Mohammed Sufian
- Image by Mohammed Sufian
- Image by Mohammed Sufian
- Image by Mohammed Sufian
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Large herd of the wildebeest crossing high water-levels of the Mara River in the Serengeti side

04 Oct 2018 from Walter Pá

Walter Pá witnessed a large herd of the wildebeest crossing high water-levels of the Mara River in the Serengeti side. 

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The herds were fortunate enough to avoid the crocodiles waiting in waters for an easy meal

03 Oct 2018 from Bob Prescesky

Bob Prescesky spotted a herd of wildebeest and zebra after crossing the Mara River during the great migration on the Maasai Mara side. The herds were fortunate enough to avoid the crocodiles waiting in waters for an easy meal. 

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The Maasai Mara is still packed with wildebeest and the Great Migration rolls

02 Oct 2018 from Cristina Theo

Cristina Theo sighted the great herds on the Maasai Mara plains during her game drives. 

- Image by Cristina Theo
- Image by Cristina Theo
- Image by Cristina Theo
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Solid performance in the solo synchronised river jumping competition

02 Oct 2018 from Bkaptured photography

Watching the wildebeest crossing the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti was an absolute highlight for Bkaptured photography. Bkaptured shot this photos having no idea that the wildebeest in the centre of the frame was putting in a solid performance in the solo synchronised river jumping competition. Without a doubt, this little manoeuvre saved its life as the crocodiles had been reasonably successful at this spot on prior days. 

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- Image by Bkaptured photography
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October is a good time to see the wildebeest herds move back into the Serengeti

01 Oct 2018 from Asilia Africa

October is normally a good time to see the wildebeest herds move back into the Serengeti. However, this year, the herds returned early to the Serengeti due to unseasonal rains in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. 

Safari guide Elia Edward captured a huge crossing of the wildebeest at point number 6 in the Mara River, Northern Serengeti. 

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Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 km

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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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

7 km

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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. 

Masai Mara Scenery in Kenya

8 km

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Serian Nkorombo

$ 715

per person per night

The old adage “Location, Location, Location” surpasses all – Nkorombo has it in spades! The Masai Mara made famous by the BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” and more recently Disney’s “African Cats” is the predators prime real estate. Secreted away amongst a stand of wild olive and orange croton Alex Walker’s Nkorombo camp flanks a lively salt lick. A refuge for Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard cast about stalking a lavish overabundance of plucky prey.

This snug little bush camp is chock-full of singular character. Five tents command a view over the rushing Mara River, at once bursting with laughing hippo and languorous crocodile. True to it’s unpretentious origins, camp life is low-key and tranquil.

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10 km

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Little Governors' Camp

$ 305

per person per night

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of Little Governors' Camp. As one of the first camps to be located in the Masai Mara, Boasting only 17 luxury tents, the camp can only be reached by a scenic boat ride across the Mara River and finally, a walk through the stunning riverene landscape. Quiet and undisturbed, the camp welcomes resident elephants who visit during lunch time, as well as wildlife at the natural waterhole in front of the camp. Although one doesn't need to go far to enjoy the unfenced, wildlife-rich surrounds, the Masai Mara itself is one of the best places on the planet to see Africa's Big Five, plains game and of course, offers front row seats to the Wildebeest Migration*

In addition, Little Governors' Camp has been awarded a Gold Rating from the Eco-Tourism Kenya. This is luxury with heart at its best...

* Follow our Herdtracker app for a migration map that plots the Great Migration in real time. 

 

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Governors' Il Moran

$ 390

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.

Newly refurbished in 2018, Il Moran Camp is hidden in the cool shade of the riverine forest that follows the bends of the Mara River. Each tent enjoys a private location from which to enjoy the beautiful and serene setting. Hippos wallow in the river waters below, elephants wander through camp, and the night time is punctuated by hyena whoops and lion calls.

Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his & her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.

Small and supremely personal in nature, Il Moran is a chic and intimate retreat in the best wildlife location in Kenya and arguably Africa. A brand new dining and lounge area set along the riverfront is beautifully furnished and our superior team of chefs create dishes that tantalize the eyes and taste buds.