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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Woodlands Camp

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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.