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

Watching an Elephant on an African game drive safari at the Masai Mara, Kenya

1 km

from herd

Ngare Serian

$ 640

per person per night

This refuge of serenity may not suit those who seek a tame, barren surroundings Rather, it fits the more audacious voyager who seeks out safari's real character. Because of its intimate and select character, Ngare Serian is suited to being set aside in its entirety for family gatherings or close friends on a private basis. Each of the four, tented suites stands on a rich hard wood deck, sat above the burbling Mara river deep in the North Mara Reserve.

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.

Guests having a Bush Meal at Karen Blixen Camp

3 km

from herd

Karen Blixen Camp

$ 502

per person per night

Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure.

Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with an undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere. The beautifully laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives.

Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.

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5 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 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.