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.

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1 km

from herd

Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

Tucked within a grassy corridor that links the Lake Ndutu area with the Moru Kopjes and Hidden Valley is the seasonal Woodlands Camp. During the calving season, this area is teaming with wildebeest as hundreds of thousands of pregnant females converge to give birth. While most properties are compacted in a central location, Woodlands Camp is slightly removed from the main tourist venue, allowing for more privacy without sacrificing access to this awe-inspiring event.

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2 km

from herd

Chaka Camp

279

per person per night

Chaka Camp, is a mobile Serengeti safari camp designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally, is located in the Ndutu area from December through March. The camp relocates to Western Serengeti from May through June, and again to Northern Serengeti from July through November.

From December through March, the wildebeest migration moves in and out of the Ndutu area. Ndutu is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just south of Serengeti National Park. Chaka Camp’s location provides easy access to prime game viewing areas around Lakes Ndutu and Masek. In addition to the almost two million wildebeest and zebra that move through the area each year, Ndutu is home to cheetah, lion, giraffe and hundreds of bird species. During February’s calving season, the wildebeest give birth to 8,000 babies a day.

From May through June, Chaka Camp relocates to Western Serengeti. The wildebeest migration is generally in this area during this time, and crossings over the Grumeti River are sometimes seen in this area. Access to Central Serengeti is also possible from this area as the drive is only two hours.

From July through November, Chaka Camp is located in Northern Serengeti. The camp is close to the Mara River, allowing easy access to several river crossing points in the area. During this time of year, the wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River back and forth from Tanzania to Kenya. River crossings are common with crocodiles, hippos and large cats scattered throughout the area.

Follow the link the see the best time to visit Serengeti or visit our HerdTracker app. 

The dining area at Olakira, Tanzania

2 km

from herd

Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

per person per night

Like the wildebeest that are the stars of the Serengeti Annual Migration, the Olakira camp is a wanderer; a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, forever following the herds to ensure you have a front-row seat to the greatest show on earth.

Fine linens, finer dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this authentic East African safari camp. Whether it’s at the river crossings of the northern Serengeti, the breath-taking scenery of the Lamai Wedge, or on the great grassy plains of the south, the intimate Olakira camp ensures the best of the Serengeti is always right on your doorstep.

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2 km

from herd

Ndutu Wilderness Camp

Price on Request

December to March typically coincides with ‘calving season’ in the Serengeti and Ndutu Wilderness Camp is ideally located so visitors can view this spectacle. Nestled under shady trees, on the Ndutu plains, this camp allows guests to enjoy the wealth of wildlife that has made these sun-soaked plains so renowned.

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3 km

from herd

Camp Zebra

$ 495

per person per night

Like the animal it is named after, Camp Zebra follows the wildebeest migration to the northern part of the Serengeti National Park in June, July, August, September, October and November; and to the southern part of the park from December till March. Camp Zebra is closed from the middle of April till the end of May each year.

Camp Zebra consists of six accommodation tents, each of which can be used for single, double (or twin) or triple occupancy. Each sleeping tent consists of a bedroom area, dressing area and ensuite shower and toilet. The dressing area, shower and toilet are all “open air” so as to heighten the experience of living as one with your surroundings. Despite being able to enjoy some breathtaking views as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, privacy is still assured due to the clever design of our tents. As an added convenience, each tent is provided with sufficient electricity for lighting as well as for charging mobile telephones, cameras, tablets, laptop computers or any other electronic devices you may carry with you.

Camp Zebra is Serengeti camping at its finest. The mobile nature of the camp makes it easy to follow the wildebeest herds as they complete their long journey, ensuring the best wildlife sightings during the incredible Great Migration in Tanzania. See our HerdTracker app for the latest migration updates.