September 2018 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Huge crossing of the wildebeest crossing the Makutano Junction

29 Sep 2018 from Lemala Camps

Ranger Frank Gabriel saw the herds crossing the Makutano Junction in the Serengeti side. 

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Great sightings of the migration in the Serengeti due to an early return to the Tanzania

28 Sep 2018 from Janna

Guests and safari guides have experienced great sightings of the Great Migration in the Serengeti!

Janna captured a large group of the wildebeest crossing high water levels in the Mara River during her morning game drive. 

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- Image by Janna
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A small price for the survival of thousands of other wildebeest

27 Sep 2018 from Sharmila R

Sharmila R witnessed the herds gathered in the Mara River, at the northeast corner of the Mara Triangle!  When they finally crossed, only one wildebeest was lost to a lion - a small price for the survival of thousands of other wildebeest. 

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Carolyn Swan Migration safari experience in Tanzania

27 Sep 2018 from Carolyn Swan

Carolyn Swan safari journey took her through Manyara National Park, North and Central Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area as well as Tarangire National Park.

The tented camps/lodges in the Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park were a perfect balance of comfort and value. She encountered two Cape buffalo visit during her stay in the Mbugani Migration Camp. Other nights, they heard roars of lions and laughing hyenas outside their tent! It felt unreal to be in the bush with one of the Big Five wildlife in Africa. 

Carolyn's highlight was seeing the Great Wildebeest Migration, a lioness wildebeest hunt in the Ngorongoro Crater, meeting Maasai boys dressed in black with their painted faces after being circumcised by elders and most of all sharing this journey with her best friends. 

Remember Migration safaris sell out quickly and now is the best time to start planning for your 2019 front row seat to the Great Migration!

- Image by Carolyn Swan
- Image by Carolyn Swan
- Image by Carolyn Swan
- Image by Carolyn Swan
- Image by Carolyn Swan
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Huge crossing at point number 6 in the Mara River

26 Sep 2018 from Lemala Camps

Ranger Frank Gabriel sighted a huge crossing at point number 6 in the Mara River during his morning game drive. 

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Live from the plains of the Northern Serengeti National Park

25 Sep 2018 from Asilia Africa

Live from the plains of the Northern Serengeti National Park. Hear from safari guide Elia Edward! The sights and sounds of the Great Wildebeest Migration did not disappoint. 

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The wildebeest migration is still out in full force in the Serengeti National Park

24 Sep 2018 from Nasikia Camps

The wildebeest migration is still out in full force in the Serengeti National Park. Safari guide Karim captured the herds crossing point number 7 in the Mara River.  

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10,000 wildebeest and zebra moving south across the Mara River in the Serengeti

20 Sep 2018 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Frank Gabriel was rewarded with the initial sight of more than 10,000 wildebeest and zebra moving south across the Mara River in the Serengeti. 

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Only one wildebeest was lost to a crocodile, a small price for the survival of thousands wildebeest

19 Sep 2018 from Nelis Wolmarans

It was in the late afternoon when Nelis Wolmarans captured a big herd crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River in the Northern Serengeti. Only one wildebeest was lost to a crocodile, a small price for the survival of thousands of other wildebeest. 

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Patience is the key in these situations and luck need to be on your side

19 Sep 2018 from Safari Architects

When the great herds reach the banks of the Mara River, it doesn't mean they will cross. Patience is the key in these situations and luck need to be on your side. 

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Make your trip memorable and meaningful

18 Sep 2018 from Angela Chan

Angela Chan was driving through the vast plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve when she spotted a large group of the wildebeest and zebra heading towards the Mara River.

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Huge number of herds in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

17 Sep 2018 from Ize Kittisarn

Ize Kittisarn encountered the great wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara National Reserve during her game drive. 

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- Image by Ize Kittisarn
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Herds crossing the Makutano crossing point in the Mara River

17 Sep 2018 from Maasai Wanderings

Safari guide Ally Mnele spotted the herds crossing the Makutano crossing point in the Mara River. 

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The herds are moving back to the Serengeti and Mara Triangle from the Masai Mara Game Reserve

16 Sep 2018 from Asilia Africa

The herds are moving back to the Serengeti and Mara Triangle from the Masai Mara Game Reserve due to huge fires around the Lookout Hill. Safari guide Elia Edward captured the great migration crossing point number 7 on the Serengeti Plains. 

- Image by Elia Edward
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The river crossing season is coming to an end

15 Sep 2018 from Lemala Camps

The river crossing season is coming to an end as the wildebeest make their way south towards the Southern Plains of the Serengeti. Ranger, Frank Gabriel captured the great migration crossing point number 7 in the Mara River during his morning drive. 

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The dusty Mara River crossing by endless herds of the wildebeest and zebra

14 Sep 2018 from Asilia Africa

The dusty Mara River crossing by endless herds of wildebeest and zebra was captured in the Serengeti at crossing point number 7. 

Credit: Ranger, Elia Edward 

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One of the most interesting sightings Brent Leo-Smith have seen during his migration safari

13 Sep 2018 from Brent Leo-Smith

Brent Leo-Smith captured a dazzle of zebras crossing the Mara River in an area they don't normally cross in the Masai Mara National Reserve. The point has deep water and steep backs far from the traditional crossing points. 

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Two weeks of unseasonal rains pushed the herds back into Tanzania

12 Sep 2018 from Jordan Dupper

Patience paid off for Jordan Dupper who waited 8 hours in the hopes of capturing the herd. Jordan was rewarded with a Mara River crossing by endless herds of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti National Park. 

Two weeks of unseasonal rains pushed the herds back into Tanzania. 

- Image by Jordan Dupper
- Image by Jordan Dupper
- Image by Jordan Dupper
- Image by Jordan Dupper
- Image by Jordan Dupper
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This is what the annual wildebeest migration looks like

11 Sep 2018 from Real Masai Safari Tours

This is what the annual wildebeest migration looks like when 20,000 (of the projected 2 million) decide to cross the treacherous crocodile-infested Mara River. After a late start, the migration is in full swing in the Maasai Mara. 

Credit: Wildlife photographer/Director, Dan Galati

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Migration crossing for 5 hours

05 Sep 2018 from Nasikia Camps

Ranger Karim Saadun captured a five-hour crossing in the Makutano crossing point on the Northern Serengeti plains. 

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Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River on the endless plains of the Northern Serengeti

04 Sep 2018 from Dam

Dam encountered the impressive wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River on the endless plains of the Northern Serengeti National Park. 

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- Image by Dam
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September offers more hot and dry weather, as the dry season continues in the Serengeti & Masai Mara

03 Sep 2018 from Lemala Camps

September offers more hot and dry weather, as the dry season continues in the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Kuria Hills guide Steven spotted the wildebeest crossing the Makutano crossing point from the Bologonja bridge. 

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Elia Edward witnessed the wildebeest crossing the Mara River at point number 7

01 Sep 2018 from Asilia Africa

Ranger Elia Edward witnessed the wildebeest crossing the Mara River at point number 7 in the Northern Serengeti. Little did he know that the crossing would last almost two hours! 

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Lodges closest to the herd right now

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 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.

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3 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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.