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

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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool Area in Serengeti, Tanzania

10 km

from herd

Four Seasons Safari Lodge

$ 800

per person per night

The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles). And Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all.

In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Our Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation

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10 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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

11 km

from herd

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. 

Serengeti Wilderness Camp Tent Exterior in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

11 km

from herd

Serengeti Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to a new location. We work under Park’s guidelines and the camp is truly eco-friendly.

Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en suite eco-friendly toilet and bush-shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is by 12-volt (solar powered) with bedside lamps provided. The tents each have a shady verandah, where guests may relax and read quietly or perhaps watch birds and animals.