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.

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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.