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

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 km

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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

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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.