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
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- 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. 

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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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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

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Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

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

Price on Request

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.