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

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

from herd

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.

This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.

 

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.

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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.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

6 km

from herd

Singita Mara

$ 1515

per person per night

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom-designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.

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.