February 2019 - Wildebeest migration updates

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The short grass plains of the Ndutu were a magical spectacle of wildebeest and zebra from a balloon

28 Feb 2019 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

The short grass plains of the Ndutu were a magical spectacle of wildebeest and zebra from a balloon safari this morning. 

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The Ndutu plains have been experiencing good rains for the past two days

27 Feb 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

The Ndutu plains have been experiencing good rains for the past two days. However, the great herds with their calves kicked up their heels and followed the smell of the rains in the Golini area all the way to the Gol Mountains where the grass is highly palatable and rich in essential minerals the lactating mothers and growing calves need. 

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The miracle of life is the main theme of the migration herds on the Ndutu plains

26 Feb 2019 from Yirui Heng

The miracle of life is the main theme for the migration herd on the Ndutu Plains. With the arrival of the rains on fertile volcanic soil, almost half a million wildebeests calve their young, mostly synchronised in a two week period. The calves quickly find their footing and can sprint within 15 minutes after birth.

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Misty morning in the Ngorongoro

25 Feb 2019 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Misty morning crossings in the Ndutu Safari Lodge. Ndutu’s 34 Cottages all face Lake Ndutu and have en-suite bathrooms and verandahs from which to enjoy the view.

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Goh captured a herd of zebra and wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

22 Feb 2019 from Goh Jackie Koh

Goh captured a herd of zebra and wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Zebras are known to be the first chain before the wildebeests. They have superb memories and great eye sights whereas the wildebeest have a great sense of smell (for water). 

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The Ndutu pride cubs are growing

21 Feb 2019 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

The Ndutu pride cubs are growing! Two mother lioness with eight lion cubs were captured on the edge of the Big Marsh.

There's truly nothing that compared to seeing a baby wildebeest or lion cubs after being born. Traveling to the Serengeti during the calving season promises an exciting adventure full of wonder and plenty of action. 

There are several great properties in the southern Serengeti and Ndutu areas that allow you to stay close to the action. Whether you choose to stay in a luxury lodge or a mobile-tented camp, you can be certain that game viewing during the calving season is one of the best time to be in Africa.  

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It’s that time of the year again

It's that time of the year again! The topi have joined the resident zebra in their herds on the Western corridor plains. Although lesser known than the great wildebeest migration, this gathering of more than 1,000 topi is definitely a sight to be seen. 

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Visit Ndutu Safari Lodge to witness unbelievable sightings of the wildebeest and zebra

19 Feb 2019 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Take the plunge and visit Ndutu Safari Lodge to witness unbelievable sightings of the wildebeest and zebra crossing the Lake Ndutu. 

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The great migration is in big numbers in the Ndutu

18 Feb 2019 from Nasikia Camps

Currently, the wildebeest are in the Ndutu which is actually in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and it is the calving season. February is the only time of the year when you are almost guaranteed to see the big herds all together as they come south for calving season. 

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Wobbly newborn wildebeest learning how to walk soon after birth

17 Feb 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

Safari guide Michael Thomas captured an incredible moment of a wobbly newborn wildebeest learning how to walk soon after birth. 

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Herd of zebra queuing by the water pool for a drink in the Hidden Valley

16 Feb 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Safari guide spotted a large herd of zebra queuing by the water pool for a drink in the Hidden Valley. However, the migration is scattered in the southern part towards the Maswa all the way to the southern Ndutu area. 

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Great herds were seen on the Kusini Plains

15 Feb 2019 from Fred Shirima Photography

The great herds were seen on the Kusini Plains heading towards the woodlands in the southern end of the ecosystem. 

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Intense cheetah hunt on the Ndutu Plains

14 Feb 2019 from Bobby-Jo Photography

Bobby-Jo Photography captured an intense cheetah hunt on the Ndutu Plains. The young male caught a newborn wildebeest calf - it was quite confronting as the young calf struggled for its life. Very emotional morning, but nature as it is! 

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Olivia Wright spotted a lion pride and wildebeest newly-borns in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

13 Feb 2019 from Olivia Wright

Olivia Wright spotted a lion pride and a wildebeest newly-born in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

With the promise of short rains, the young wildebeest are almost guaranteed fresh and constant grass all the way into the central parts of the Serengeti. 

With thousands of baby wildebeest running around it is much easier for a mother lion, cheetah or leopard to find a meal for their hungry cubs as well as give them the opportunity to learn how to hunt for themselves by practicing on young calves before they have to go out and fend for themselves! Young cubs learn valuable lessons during this time which is crucial to their success. 

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February, now the calving season is in full swing, with thousands of wildebeest and zebra being born

12 Feb 2019 from Nasikia Camps

February; now the calving season is in full swing, with thousands of wildebeest and zebra being born every day!

Be prepared for some heart-ache as the predators move quickly onto the newborn calves for their annual feast. Mother Nature is revealing what the circle of life means in full gore and vigour. Safari guide Mohamed captured a newly born wildebeest on the southern plains of the Serengeti. 

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Safari guide spotted predators such as cheetah and wild dogs during their game drive

10 Feb 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Serengeti Nomad safari guide spotted predators such as cheetah and wild dogs during their game drive from Gibbs farm to the Ndutu area. 

When they reached the Maswa Game Reserve, the Maswa plains were packed with lots of wildebeest heading towards the southern part of Makao.

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The calving season is in full swing in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

09 Feb 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

The calving season is in full swing in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area!

The guides spotted about 50 newly-borns and over the next few months, 500,000 calves will begin their life in the Serengeti. 

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Cpt. Bucks Cassim captured a large herd from the bird’s eye in the southern Serengeti Airstrip

08 Feb 2019 from Coastal Aviation

Pilot Bucks Cassim captured a large herd from the bird's eye in the southern Serengeti Airstrip. 

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As we’re into February, an incredible 80% of wildebeest females intuitively give birth

06 Feb 2019 from Elia Edward

In February, an incredible 80% of wildebeest females intuitively give birth within a period of two to three week, before the great migration commences. The synchronisation reduces the possibility of tender wildebeest calves becoming easy prey. 

Safari freelance Elia Edward captured a small herd of wobbly wildebeest babies in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area during his game drive.

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February is the only time of year when you are almost guaranteed to see the big herds all together

05 Feb 2019 from Coastal Aviation

 February is the only time of year when you are almost guaranteed to see the big herds all together as they always come south for calving season. The great migration was captured 10nm north of the Ndutu airstrip.

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The good grazing of the southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation areas

03 Feb 2019 from Fred Shirima Photography

The good grazing of the southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation areas means the herds remain in the far south. 

The great herds were spotted around the Miti Mitatu area.  

- Image by Fred Shirima Photography
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- Image by Fred Shirima Photography

February is the easiest month to predict where the migration will be in the Serengeti

01 Feb 2019

February is the easiest month to predict where the migration will be in the Serengeti. For the past 10-12 years, the wildebeest herds have settled in and around Lake Ndutu and Masek. This area is lush in February and an ideal location for wildebeest to give birth to offspring.

Expect scenes of delight (newborns finding their feet) and horror (predators arrive to prey on the young). 

The herds were spotted heading to the Ndutu from the southern part of the Naabi Hills. 

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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

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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.