July 2019 - Wildebeest migration updates

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The wildebeest fight for survival against crocodiles

31 Jul 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

The wildebeest fight for survival against crocodiles. Many drown trying to get to greener grass of the Masai Mara. Serian camp guests captured a beautiful Mara River crossing in the Northern Serengeti

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KasKaz Mara Camp invites you to experience Africa’s great Serengeti and its incredible wildlife

30 Jul 2019 from Nasikia Camps

KasKaz Mara Camp invites you to experience Africa’s great Serengeti and its incredible wildlife on a tented safari near the game-rich Mara River

In addition to game drives, nature walks at KasKaz allow you to appreciate the beauty of smaller wildlife or the thrill of tracking big game on foot, and hot-air balloon rides are an extraordinary way of viewing the great plains of East Africa. 

- Image by Mohamed Hassan
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Migration queuing for water along the Kenyangaga Valley

30 Jul 2019 from Nomad Tanzania

Safari guide Nathan Losaru Mollel witnessed the migration queuing for water along the Kenyangaga Valley in the Western side of Lamai Wedge ready to quench their thirst. 

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Governor’s Camp guests witnessed a crossing right in front of the camp

26 Jul 2019 from Governors' Camp

Governor's Camp guests witnessed a crossing right in front of the camp. 

The camp's 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.

- Image by Trix Hartley
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Major crossings at Crossing Point number 4

24 Jul 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

The herds continue their search for lush, greener grass by crossing the dangerous, crocodile-infested water of the Mara River.

Safari guide Micheal Thomas captured a major crossing during his morning game drive at Crossing Point number 4. 

It’s essential to plan your migration safari well in advance if you want to be in the best place at the right time to witness the river crossings or make the most of the Masai Mara’s high season – talk to us today: http://bit.ly/2XUoU5X

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Action in the Mara River

23 Jul 2019 from Asilia Africa

Action in the Mara River!

Safari guide Emmanuel Qamara captured thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River from the Southern to the Northern Serengeti, while a lioness tried her luck at going in for a kill. 

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Spectacular crossing in the Sand River

16 Jul 2019 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

Safari guide Michael witnessed spectacular crossing in the Sand River, close to the GSU. The Government has deployed the General Service Unit (GSU) to all entry points to the Masai Mara National Reserve

Sand River Masai Mara is an ideal destination, at any time of the year, for those wishing to enjoy exceptional game-viewing. The National Reserve is best known for its large concentrations of big cats, such as leopard, cheetah and, of course, lion. Even the dramatic arrival of the Annual Migration merely adds to an already abundant resident wildlife that awaits discovery.

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- Image by Michael
- Image by Michael
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July marks the start of the Mara River crossing as well as the mating season in the Serengeti

15 Jul 2019 from Ranger Safaris

July marks the start of the Mara River crossing as well as the mating season in the Serengeti

Safari guide  Firozdin Rafiq saw the great herds in the Kogatende in the Makutano area. However, with the heavy rains in the Nyamalumbwa area all the way towards the Gardenia Valley, the herds are expected to stay for a few more weeks on the Nyamalumbwa and Gardenia Valley plains.

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- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
- Image by Firozdin Rafiq
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No wonder they call The Great Wildebeest Migration one of the Seven New Wonders of the World

No wonder they call The Great Wildebeest Migration one of the Seven New Wonders of the World!

Elewana guests witnessed the river crossing action during their stay in the Sand River Masai Mara.

Whether it is walking safaris with experienced and highly knowledgeable guides or the sensation of being as close to nature’s daily fight for survival, the sensory feast that accompanies any visit to Sand River Masai Mara will no doubt rival anything experienced before.

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Hundreds of wildebeest were captured from the Kuka Hills and Bologonja area

09 Jul 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Hundreds of wildebeest were captured moving from the Kuka Hills and Bologonja area heading towards the Gardenia Valley. However, safari guides in the Western Serengeti reported, there is a large herd of the wildebeest and zebra in the Grumeti River on their journey to the Northern Serengeti

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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Loita Migration in the Naboisho Conservancy heading towards the Olare Motorogi plains

09 Jul 2019 from Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp

A large herd of the Loita Migration was seen in the Naboisho Conservancy heading towards the Olare Motorogi plains.  

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy serves as a migration corridor for several hundred thousand animals between the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Loita Plains to the east.

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Great wildebeest migration on the Serengeti side is moving closer to the Mara River

08 Jul 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

The great wildebeest migration herds in the Serengeti are moving closer to the Mara River. Due to the good weather, chances of Mara River crossing are very high.  

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Herds in the Northern Serengeti on the Bolongonja plains heading towards the Nyamalumbwa area

07 Jul 2019 from Ranger Safaris

Safari guide Firozdin Rafiq witnessed the herds in the Northern part of the Serengeti on the Bolongonja plains heading towards the Nyamalumbwa area due to the green posture after the heavy recent rains. 

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Large herd of the wildebeest moving long the Kuka Hills towards the Kleins

05 Jul 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Serengeti Nomad safari guide had a drive from Kogatende to Klein's via Nyamalumbwa Hills and captured a large herd of the wildebeest moving long the Kuka Hills towards the Kleins. 

However, the woodlands all the way to the open plains is packed with the wildebeest grazing heading towards the Eastern side of the Bologonja Gate. 

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The great wildebeest migration was spotted in the Bologonja Ranger Post

03 Jul 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

The great wildebeest migration was spotted in the Bologonja Ranger Post, an hour drive away from the Mara River

Anga'ata Migration - Bologonja Camp is set in front of a big plain you will most certainly be in the company of thousands of Wildebeest while enjoying your cup of tea in front of your tent.

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.