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.

- Image by Yirui Heng
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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. 

- Image by Mohamed Hassan
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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. 

- Image by Olivia Wright
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- Image by Olivia Wright
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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.

- Image by Lucas Assenga
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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
- Image by Fred Shirima Photography
- Image by Fred Shirima Photography
- 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

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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

7 km

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Governors' Camp

280

per person per night

Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp. 

Masai Mara Scenery in Kenya

8 km

from herd

Serian Nkorombo

$ 715

per person per night

The old adage “Location, Location, Location” surpasses all – Nkorombo has it in spades! The Masai Mara made famous by the BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” and more recently Disney’s “African Cats” is the predators prime real estate. Secreted away amongst a stand of wild olive and orange croton Alex Walker’s Nkorombo camp flanks a lively salt lick. A refuge for Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard cast about stalking a lavish overabundance of plucky prey.

This snug little bush camp is chock-full of singular character. Five tents command a view over the rushing Mara River, at once bursting with laughing hippo and languorous crocodile. True to it’s unpretentious origins, camp life is low-key and tranquil.

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10 km

from herd

Little Governors' Camp

$ 305

per person per night

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of Little Governors' Camp. As one of the first camps to be located in the Masai Mara, Boasting only 17 luxury tents, the camp can only be reached by a scenic boat ride across the Mara River and finally, a walk through the stunning riverene landscape. Quiet and undisturbed, the camp welcomes resident elephants who visit during lunch time, as well as wildlife at the natural waterhole in front of the camp. Although one doesn't need to go far to enjoy the unfenced, wildlife-rich surrounds, the Masai Mara itself is one of the best places on the planet to see Africa's Big Five, plains game and of course, offers front row seats to the Wildebeest Migration*

In addition, Little Governors' Camp has been awarded a Gold Rating from the Eco-Tourism Kenya. This is luxury with heart at its best...

* Follow our Herdtracker app for a migration map that plots the Great Migration in real time. 

 

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10 km

from herd

Governors' Il Moran

$ 390

per person per night

Governors' has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

Newly refurbished in 2018, Il Moran Camp is hidden in the cool shade of the riverine forest that follows the bends of the Mara River. Each tent enjoys a private location from which to enjoy the beautiful and serene setting. Hippos wallow in the river waters below, elephants wander through camp, and the night time is punctuated by hyena whoops and lion calls.

Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his & her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.

Small and supremely personal in nature, Il Moran is a chic and intimate retreat in the best wildlife location in Kenya and arguably Africa. A brand new dining and lounge area set along the riverfront is beautifully furnished and our superior team of chefs create dishes that tantalize the eyes and taste buds.