June 2019 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Great herds at Nyamarubwa Plains close to the Kaskaz Mara Camp

27 Jun 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

Safari guide Micheal Thomas witnessed the great migration on the Nyamarubwa Plains close to the Kaskaz Mara Camp

Kaskaz Mara Camp is a short drive from Kogetende Airstrip and the exciting Mara River viewing area. The camp proposes style and grace in the far northern Serengeti. Explore the intriguing wilderness on foot with the in-house armed walking guide; follow the tracks, smell the herds on the breeze and hear the crunch of fauna underfoot.

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We have always said that there is no ‘best time’ to be on safari

13 Jun 2019 from Governors' Camp

We have always said that there is no 'best time' to be on safari!

Governors Il Moran Camp guests this week were in for a real treat with massive herds of wildebeest pouring into the Masai Mara Reserve from the Serengeti. As with any natural phenomenon, nobody can predict their movement and they've caught us all a little off guard - but the savanna grasslands are lush and a feast is ready for them. 

Let HerdTracker help you to track the movement of the migratory herds, allowing you to book a migration safari in order to experience the great migration first-hand. We’ve compiled a safari that will be perfect for you to explore the migration on: http://bit.ly/2KR4RTr

- Image by Will Fortescue
- Image by Will Fortescue
- Image by Will Fortescue
- Image by Will Fortescue
- Image by Will Fortescue
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An avalanche of migrating wildebeest stormed into the Masai straight to the Mara River

12 Jun 2019 from Angama Mara

An avalanche of migrating wildebeest stormed into the Masai Mara National Reserve straight to the Mara River

On the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, overlooking the Mara Triangle, with vast amounts of animals, and most spectacularly the iconic wildebeest migration lies Angama Mara

Stay for three nights and only pay for two at Angama Mara! Terms and conditions This special is only valid in the following Standard Season: http://bit.ly/2KLX2OD

- Image by Adam Bannister
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Spectacular crossing in the Mara River

11 Jun 2019 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

Safari guide Michael witnessed spectacular crossing in the Mara River

The crossing is from the Mara Entim Camp view. Situated in the heart of Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Reserve, near the Mara River - Entim Camp is right in the middle of the very best game-viewing areas. There’s actually no obligation to go out on game drives because you can sit in camp and watch the animals passing by right in front of you.

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival: http://bit.ly/30TwCjv

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Approximately 2,000 wildebeest and zebra crossed point No10

10 Jun 2019 from Emmanuel Matari

Emmanuel was ecstatic to witness one of the first major Mara River crossings in June 2019. Approximately 2,000 wildebeest and zebra crossed point No10.

Enjoy the migration and river crossings in the Serengeti or Maasai Mara and choose your level of comfort: http://bit.ly/2VGIBNE

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great herds on the Topi Plains close to the Keekorok area

07 Jun 2019 from Kilimanjaro Safaris

Safari guide Michael captured the great herds on the Topi Plains close to the Keekorok area

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve: http://bit.ly/318kI5w

- Image by Michael
- Image by Michael
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A big herd of wildebeest is spreading across the Southern part of the Maasai Mara

06 Jun 2019 from Onesmus Irungu

A big herd of wildebeest is spreading across the Southern part of the Maasai Mara, Sand River (Keekorok), Hammerkop towards the Talek Gate and Olkeju Rongai area. 

Great sightings of wildebeest bulls on testosterone, running around inspecting and breeding with the wildebeest females - part of the ritual is locking horns and fight before passing their DNA. 

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- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
- Image by Onesmus Ole Irungu
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Huge crossings in the Olakira Hippo Pool

05 Jun 2019 from Emmanuel Matari

Safari guide Emmanuel witnessed a huge crossing during his morning game drives in the Olakira Hippo Pool.

Immerse yourself in the Great Migration Olakira Migration Camp. You'll feel the earth vibrate during winter crossings of the brave wildebeest as they face the mighty rivers in the north. 

Olakira follows the massive herds of the wildebeest to two spectacular locations in the north and south of the Serengeti, as well as the Ndutu region. As the dry days of winter arrive, Olakira relocated north to the confluence of the Mara and Bolongonja rivers for spectacular game viewing at the Mara River itself. 

Known for its superb locations during the Migration, the camp has an additional surprise in the new stargazing tents. The stargazing tents allow the flexibility to roll your bed into the meshed area for a magical experience beneath the stars. With the galaxies glittering above it is an experience that you don't want to miss out on. 

There are opportunities to arrange bush breakfasts and sundowners in camp or the surrounding area. Perfect for honeymooners or anyone celebrating something special.

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June is traditionally the Grumeti River crossing period! But, the wildebeest are very early this yea

03 Jun 2019 from Emmanuel Matari

June is traditionally the Grumeti River crossing period! But, this year - the wildebeest herds are very early!!

Safari guide Emmanuel captured the wildebeest from the Eastern Serengeti in the Bolongoja moving at high-speed crossing point no 8 and no 10 in the Mara River. A small herd is still in the Western corridor moving towards the Mara River. 

With limited accommodation, make sure you book your front row seat today..

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

2 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.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

3 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.

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3 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.

Lamai Serengeti Balcony View in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

8 km

from herd

Lamai Serengeti

$ 725

per person per night

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep! For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people.

Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location,  its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.

Exterior Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

8 km

from herd

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

$ 734

per person per night

This new and distinctly unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment.

Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara – it is simply breath-taking.