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. 

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

from herd

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.

This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.

 

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.

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5 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.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

6 km

from herd

Singita Mara

$ 1515

per person per night

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom-designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 km

from herd

Sayari Camp

$ 753

per person per night

When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five countries on the continent.

The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.