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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- Image by Amani Munther
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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

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.