January 2019 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Migration on the southern plains of the Serengeti

31 Jan 2019 from Fred Shirima Photography

Fred Shirima captured the migration on the southern plains of the Serengeti roaming in the Naabi Hills heading towards the Ndutu, Miti Matatu and the Hidden Vally. 

- Image by Fred Shirima Photography
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Wldebeest herds are dropping their newly-born calves in the Ndutu

29 Jan 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Finally, the wildebeest and other wildlife such as the lioness are dropping their newly-born babies in the Ndutu! 

However, the wildebeest herds are moving towards the green grassland of Naibadad, following the rains in the Ngorongoro Highland and Enduken Area. A large group was seen heading towards Ubuntu in the very south part of the Ndutu area. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
- Image by Serengeti Nomad
- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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The Calving Season has officially started

29 Jan 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

The Calving Season has officially started! 

The migratory herds are scattered throughout the waterholes of the Ndutu area, Naibatat Hills and the open plains of the western side of the Albida. 

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A very large herd of zebra were captured crossing the Mara River on the Masai Mara side

20 Jan 2019 from Sunworld Safaris

Absolutely unbelievable! 

A large herd of zebra were captured crossing the Mara River in the Masai Mara side. 

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Herds crossing the Lake Ndutu heading towards the woodland in the north-east of the Ndutu area

19 Jan 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Safari guide spotted the herds crossing the Lake Ndutu heading towards the woodland in the north-east of the Ndutu area to the Golin Andgol Mountains. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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Zebra crossing at Kaburu crossing point in the Masai Mara s

18 Jan 2019 from Angama Mara

Safari guide Alice saw a herd of zebra crossing the Kaburu crossing point in the Masai Mara side during her game drive. The rest of the wildebeest are around the central to the southern Serengeti. 

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Big herd is between the southern Serengeti and on the Ndutu Airstrip

17 Jan 2019 from Coastal Aviation

Capt. Bucks Cassim spotted the migration around the Lake Ndutu and the Airstrip. However, a big herd is between the southern Serengeti and on the Ndutu Airstrip. 

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Big herd of the wildebeest and zebra from the bird’s eye

16 Jan 2019 from Coastal Aviation

Capt. Lucas Assenga saw a big herd of the wildebeest and zebra from the bird's eye scattered between 7nm and 14nm northwest of the Ndutu Airstrip. 

- Image by Lucas Assenga
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Today’s flight report sums up ballooning over the Serengeti at its best

15 Jan 2019 from Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Balloon safari over the Serengeti at its best!

The herds are scattered on the short plains of the southern Serengeti from the Naabi Hill to the Hidden Valley throughout the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 

The balloon flight progressed slowly across the plains to the edge of the forested area. After an hour and 17 minutes, two balloons made an ever so gentle landing close to the bush breakfast spot. 

- Image by Capt. Frank
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The great herds are spread out in the Ndutu area

15 Jan 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

The great herds are spread out in the Ndutu area, moving towards the Hidden Valley in search of green moist grass. 

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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No video or photo does the migration justice

14 Jan 2019 from Charlene Eden

No video or photo does the migration justice! Charlene captured thousands of wildebeest and zebra close to the southern Serengeti on the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation area.  

- Image by HerdTracker
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Large herd of the wildebeest looking like ants in the distance

13 Jan 2019 from Coastal Aviation

Coastal Aviation pilot Lucas Assenga spotted a large herd of the wildebeest looking like ants in the distance, scattered southwest of the Ndutu airstrip. 

- Image by Lucas Assenga
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Herds roaming around the camp

10 Jan 2019 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Benjamin Yaato captured the herds right in front of the camp this morning. However, a large number of herds is on the Makao Plains. ​

- Image by Ndutu Safari Lodge
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The migration was seen matching along the Lake Masek in the Ndutu!

08 Jan 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

The migration was seen matching along the Lake Masek in the Ndutu!

The great herds are scattered all over the Ndutu Plains from the Hidden Vally towards the Southern part of Ndutu. However, the Ndutu area all the way to the Naabi Hills and Gol Mountains have been experiencing good rains since yesterday.

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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great migration in the southern Serengeti heading towards the south-west of the Ndutu

07 Jan 2019 from Allen Mollel

Lead safari guide Allen Mollel saw the great migration in the southern Serengeti heading towards the south-west of the Ndutu plains during his morning game drive. 

- Image by HerdTracker
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Safari Guide Jamal Mzava and guests were treated to a view of thousands of wildebeest grazing

06 Jan 2019 from Nasikia Camps

Safari Guide Jamal Mzava and guests were treated to a view of thousands of wildebeest grazing close to the Nasikia Mobile Camp

From the 01 December - 31 March, Nasikia Mobile Camp is situated in the Small Marsh special campsite. This location is close in the midst of the great wildebeest migration as they graze on the southern Serengeti Plains.

- Image by Jamal Mzava
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Mattigeyer captured the great herds in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

05 Jan 2019 from Mattigeyer

Mattigeyer captured the great herds in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 

It is the calving season - prepare yourself for lots of wobbly babies and lots of heartbreak as predators swoop in. ​

- Image by Mattigeyer
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Herds scattered around the Ndutu Wilderness Camp

03 Jan 2019 from Wild Frontiers

Ndutu Wilderness Camp Manager Claudion saw the herds scattered around the camp. A pride of eight lions - three males and five females killed a wildebeest near the camp just yesterday. 

- Image by HerdTracker

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.