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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.