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

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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. 

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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.

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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

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.