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

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 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.

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3 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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.