August 2019 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Crossing point number 4 in the Serengeti Lamai Wedge from the Kogatende

30 Aug 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

Safari guide Jacupa Martinez witnessed thousands of the Great Migration crossing point number 4 in the Serengeti Lamai Wedge from the Kogatende. 

Lamai is a triangular-shaped watershed area just north of the Mara River. Lamai's freshwater and verdant grasslands serve as a critical refuge for the wildebeest and zebra during the dry season. In fact, the majority of the migration usually resides here from July until November. It's one of East Africa's best secrets that during the dry season, the secluded Lamai Triangle holds more of the migration then the more heavily touristy Masai Mara Game Reserve just to the north in Kenya

Lamai Serengeti Camp is set amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views in a remote corner of the northern Serengeti, just 4-minutes from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River, usually between late July and October.

Perfect as a honeymoon destination or as a luxury retreat from which to enjoy the many splendours of the Serengeti, Lamai Serengeti Main Camp delivers the very best that this extraordinary region has to offer, from an incredible location to exceptional guiding, service and cuisine.

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Thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River

29 Aug 2019 from Lisa Lavender

1-2 million of wildebeest crossing the Mara River!

When compared to July, we would argue that September is a better time to almost guarantee seeing the migration in the north. This is because the wildebeest can be late, so July is a slightly trickier time to predict, whereas if you go in September though, you are pretty much guaranteed to see the herds as they absolutely will have arrived in the north by this time and always linger well into September. Contrary to popular belief, once the herds arrive in the north, they do not simply head straight for the Masai Mara than head south, but they linger crisscrossing back and forth through the Mara River - it is not a single mass movement, but more a chaotic gathering which can mean river crossings happen daily from July all the way through until late October

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The toughest journey they take risking their lives to the crocodiles

28 Aug 2019 from Amani Munther

Amani Munther saw the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River! The toughest journey they take risking their lives to the crocodiles. 

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BIG Crossing at point number 4

27 Aug 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

BIG Crossing at point number 4!!

Safari guide Michael Thomas managed to capture a BIG Crossing at point number 4 during his morning game drive. The great migration was coming from the South heading towards the North of the Mara River.

 Serian Serengeti Mobile Lamai is only 5 minutes away from the Crossing. Please enquire with us for a quote!

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The herds continue their journey to the Masai Mara

23 Aug 2019 from Imma

The herds continue their journey to the Masai Mara

Safari guide Imma captured the great migration crossing the Mara River heading towards the Masai Mara side in Kenya

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A small crossing close to the airstrip at Kogatende

22 Aug 2019 from David Mark Erickson

David Mark Erickson captured a small crossing close to the airstrip at Kogatende. 

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.

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Kaburu Crossing point, Fig Tree, Lookout and the main crossing points in the Masai Mara

21 Aug 2019 from Governors' Camp

Wildebeest crossing at Kaburu Crossing point in the Masai Mara

The Kaburu Crossing point is known to be one of the toughest section for the wildebeest to cross due to the congestion of animals that accumulates (on both sides) and many of them fall back down the slopes and into the river where there is a high number crocodile lurking.

The slopes are also quite rocky and offer no support - trapping their legs and causing serious (and often fatal) injuries. Once the herds cross the river, the final obstacle at Kaburu is the number of lions laying low, ready to ambush them as they try to regain their strength on the other side. The wildebeest are so exhausted and startled from the chaos of the crossing that they make for an easy catch and it is not uncommon to witness multiple kills taking place here. 

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Great wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and Masai Mara

20 Aug 2019 from Elenina Barberis

Elenina witnessed the great wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and Masai Mara during her morning game drive.

The smaller group heads directly north from the central Serengeti into the northern plains and from there into the Masai Mara, avoiding the river crossings.

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When a giraffe decides to join in as the look out! Just below the Serengeti North Camp

17 Aug 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

When a giraffe decides to join in as the look out! Just below the Serengeti North Camp

Between June and November, the North camp is in the Lamai Wedge of the northern region where teeming herds are forced to cross the Mara River and face the prospect of enormous crocodiles that lie in wait for them. The camp lies only a kilometre (less than a mile) from the Mara just above Crossing Point 4, making a great place to see the action. Fly-camping is also possible at the North camp - a unique experience that brings you even closer to the secrets of the bush.

Perfect for safari and wildlife enthusiasts looking for an authentic, relatively uncrowded and intimate Serengeti experience, Serian’s Serengeti camps can be privately booked by friends or families travelling together for the ultimate African getaway.

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The great migration arriving the Mara Triangle from the Ngioare border point

15 Aug 2019 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

Safari guide Michael Wachira captured the great migration arriving the Mara Triangle from the Ngioare border point. 

The Mara Triangle is the area where the Great Migration enters and exit the Masai Mara National Reserve from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, making it a prime section for viewing this amazing wildlife spectacle unfold. Crossings of the Mara River make for some of the most dramatic scenes of the migration, so staying in the Mara Triangle will give you front-row seats to the show.

There’s a launch site for hot air ballooning in the Mara Triangle! Flying high above the plains of the Mara as the sun turns the landscapes golden and being able to do wildlife spotting from the air is an experience you’ll never forget.

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- Image by Michael Wachira
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Great migration have crossed the Mara River into the Lamai Wedge

14 Aug 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

The great migration have crossed the Mara River into the Lamai Wedge. Lamai is a triangular-shaped watershed area just north of the Mara River!

Lamai's freshwater and verdant grasslands serve as a critical refuge for the wildebeest and zebra during the dry season. In fact, the majority of the migration usually resides here from July until November. It's one of East Africa's best secrets that during the dry season, the secluded Lamai Triangle holds more of the migration then the more heavily touristy Masai Mara game reserve just to the north in Kenya.

The area has beautiful vast open plains, dotted with desert date trees, good shade during the day for any predators in the area.

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August is one of the very best time to be in the Serengeti

13 Aug 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

August is one of the very best time to be in the Serengeti

A large number of the wildebeest was spotted at Crossing point number 9 heading towards the greener grass of the Masai Mara

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Mega Mara River Crossing Begins

07 Aug 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

Mega Mara River Crossings Begin!

Safari guide Micheal Thomas witnessed a huge crossing at Crossing point number 9 from the Kogatende to the Lamai Wedge. 

Lamai Wedge is one of the most beautiful areas in the Northern Serengeti, this area is found in-between the Masaai Mara over the Kenyan border and the Mara River.

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August is your best month to see the dramatic Mara River crossings in the Serengeti or Masai Mara

06 Aug 2019 from Robyn

August is your best month to see the dramatic Mara River crossings in the Serengeti or Masai Mara!

The herds in August are up in the north, crossing the Mara River between Kogatende and the Lamai Wedge. This is the peak time to see the river crossings because even if the wildebeest are late, they will have reached the Kogatende area by this time.

You would be very unlucky for the wildebeest not to be surrounding the Mara River if you decide to go in August. On the flip side, you would also be lucky to see a crossing, as not everyone does - no matter how many hours are spent waiting with a herd by the river banks, they may simply not decide to cross over for hours!

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

05 Aug 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

This morning safari guide Nathan Losaru Mollel 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. 

With limited accommodation, make sure you book your front-row seat today... http://bit.ly/2XUoU5X

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.