May 2019 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Photographer Koshal encountered the herds crossing the Sand River heading towards the Masai Mara

31 May 2019 from Koshal Photography

Photographer Koshal encountered the herds crossing the Sand River heading towards the Masai Mara

Despite the dangers of such river adventures, most herds cross safely, leaving the Serengeti, to ensure that the Masai Mara fills up with even more wildlife than usual. Not just the migratory vegetarians, of course – at this time of year it’s rare to see a big cat without either a fresh kill or a full belly!

We expect the crossings to continue for many weeks, so it’s not too late to join us and witness nature’s greatest show for yourself. Or book yourself in for next year. After all, it’s a show that never really ends!

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The great wildebeest migration has finally arrived in the Sand River

The great wildebeest migration has finally arrived in the Sand River!!

They were spotted crossing the Sand River heading into the Mara Reserve. Located on the banks of a river from which it has taken its name, Sand River Masai Mara is located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, close to the Tanzanian border.

With an authentic safari experience, superb cuisine, a well-stocked cellar, sparkling pool, hot-air ballooning and your private viewing deck, Sand River Masai Mara offers a winning combination.

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Two Butamtam Lionesses in watch of approaching wildebeest herds in the Grumeti Reserve

29 May 2019 from George Tolchard

Two Butamtam Lionesses in watch of approaching wildebeest herds in the Grumeti Reserve

- Image by George Tolchard
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The Grumeti grassland is alive with active contrast

29 May 2019 from George Tolchard

The Grumeti grassland is alive with active contrast.

- Image by George Tolchard
- Image by George Tolchard
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A big group of the wildebeest migration was seen moving into the Grumeti Reserve

28 May 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

A big group of the wildebeest migration was seen moving into the Grumeti Reserve arriving from the Central Serengeti. A dazzle of zebra was also seen moving into the Nyasirori Plains on their trek to the Northern part of the Serengeti

- Image by Serengeti Nomad
- Image by Serengeti Nomad
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Large herd of the wildebeest from Ikoma heading towards the Rubanda

28 May 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Safari guide Chedy was driving from Kogatende to Arusha when he captured a large herd of the wildebeest from Ikoma heading towards the Rubanda in the Western Serengeti all the way to Simba Kopjes in the Central Serengeti. With that said, the herds are on their way to the Northern Serengeti

Experience (10 days) 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

- Image by Chedy
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A huge herd was sighted in the Kogatende all the way through to the Nyamalumbwa Hills

27 May 2019 from Nasikia Camps

A huge herd was sighted in the Kogatende all the way through to the Nyamalumbwa Hills. Sounds like a swarm of bees around the Nasikia Migration Camp

- Image by Nasikia Camps
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Safari guide Kevin Mlay Naturalist spotted the herds near the Naabi Hill gate

23 May 2019 from Kevin Mlay Naturalist

Safari guide Kevin Mlay Naturalist spotted the herds near the Naabi Hill gate, heading towards the Simba Kopjes. 

- Image by HerdTracker
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Mara River Update

22 May 2019 from Adam Bannister

Mara River Update

“The Penninsula”, part of the river known - one of the main crossing points during the Great Migration. The first photo was taken on the (19 May 2019), and the second photo was taken during a wildebeest crossing last year (25 August 2018).

The worry...level of the water. We are coming to an end of what is historically a wet period for the Maasai Mara region. There has been no seasonal rain this year and for a magnitude of reasons, the river is extremely low.

For those who thought they're late to book a river crossing safari! Good news, the herds might be late this year and you still have time to book your river crossing safari.

- Image by Adam Bannister
- Image by Adam Bannister
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And so it begins

21 May 2019 from George Tolchard

And so it begins...The migratory wildebeest migration was captured moving into the Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania. A large herd have arrived from the Eastern boundary, flooding the grassland adjacent to the Rokari. 

Book as soon as you know you want to go – don’t procrastinate! Lodges and camps are small and fill up very quickly: http://bit.ly/2VGIBNE

- Image by George Tolchard
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The great herds finally arrived in the Grumeti Reserve over the weekend

20 May 2019 from Grumeti Fund | NPO

The great herds finally arrived in the Grumeti Reserve over the weekend! Busy yet a fun season begins. 

If you are on a budget, choose good-value accommodation so that you have extra time on safari. This increases your chances of seeing kills or crossings: http://bit.ly/2VGIBNE

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The clouds have been building again

19 May 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

The clouds have been building again, an isolated shower here and there. But sadly, big rain storms that are not normal at this time of the year in the Maasai Mara, Kenya

Fortunately, we’ve been planning Great Migration safaris since 2014 so we have decades of experience in putting you in the best possible place at the best possible time for the best possible cost - contact us today to find out how to avoid the pitfalls of a Migration safari to Kenya and Tanzania.

- Image by Alex Walkers Serian
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A big heart, determination and a lot of courage from this little cub crossing the big marsh

17 May 2019 from Johan Van Zyl

A big heart, determination and a lot of courage from this little cub crossing the big marsh around the Ndutu

Join us on a 10-days East Africa Big Cat safari! This safari to the Serengeti and Masai Mara in East Africa is all about the big cats - lion, leopard, cheetah, serval, and if you're lucky, caracal: http://bit.ly/2VxXD8m

- Image by Johan Van Zyl
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The wildebeest migration is roaming in the Ndutu Region

15 May 2019 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

A small herd of the wildebeest migration is still roaming in the Ndutu Region, Tanzania

The resident predators couldn't be happier and the Ndutu Safari Lodge guests have witnessed some incredible sightings over the last few weeks. 

- Image by Ndutu Safari Lodge
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Céline Vdc witnessed a large herd of the wildebeest and zebra heading towards the Western Serengeti

14 May 2019 from Céline Vdc

Céline Vdc witnessed a large herd of the wildebeest and zebra heading towards the Central Serengeti, Tanzania.

June and July are the most popular times to visit the Western Corridor and the Grumeti to see the Grumeti River crossings and the herds on the move, but September and October are also great months to see the remaining herds of zebra and wildebeest, along with other resident wildlife such as elephant, leopard and lion.

If you’re travelling during June and July, you’ll need to reserve lodging far in advance, as there aren’t many places to stay in the region!  

- Image by Céline Vdc
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Counting Down!! With only one month left before the Grumeti River Crossing in the Serengeti

13 May 2019 from Just a Wanderer

Counting Down!! With only one month left before the Grumeti River Crossing in the Serengeti, Tanzania - Have you booked your River Crossing safari?

Just a Wanderer spotted a small herd of the wildebeest in the Lake Ndutu heading towards the Central Setengeti

By June there'll be little rain and the wildebeest rut will be well underway. Munching its way through the Western Corridor, the migration will begin to coalesce into a 'mega herd', bunched up along the southern bank of the Grumeti River. 

Join HerdTracker on a 10-day wildebeest migration safari in the Serengeti National Park's Grumeti region: http://bit.ly/2Vs6jxe

- Image by Just a Wanderer
- Image by Just a Wanderer
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As the long rains continue in the Ndutu Region

10 May 2019 from Just a Wanderer

As the long rains continue in the Ndutu Region. Just a Wanderer witnessed a large herd of the Great Migration, in the Lake Ndutu in search of green pasture. 

- Image by Just a Wanderer
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With heavy rain and wind pouring, the herds are moving closer to the Kaskaz Mara Camp

09 May 2019 from Nasikia Camps

With the heavy rains, a small herd is moving closer to the Kaskaz Mara Camp

KasKaz Mara Camp invites you to experience Africa’s great Serengeti and its incredible wildlife on a tented safari. 

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Photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks captured Dada, Kito, Rembo and Kabibi along with their five cubs

07 May 2019 from Governors' Camp

Photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks captured Dada, Kito, Rembo and Kabibi along with their five cubs on a green season photographic safari, hosted at Governors || Moran Camp in April and May

The Green Season is possibly the best time to visit the Mara for a Big Cat safari! Prey is plentiful, weather is cooler. However, during the green season, you will enjoy most of these sightings along as there are fewer visitors in the Mara at this time of the year. 

- Image by Paul Joynson-Hicks
- Image by Paul Joynson-Hicks
- Image by Paul Joynson-Hicks
- Image by Paul Joynson-Hicks
- Image by Paul Joynson-Hicks
- Image by Paul Joynson-Hicks
- Image by Paul Joynson-Hicks
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Big thunderstorm and heavy rainfall continue

06 May 2019 from Serengeti Nomad

Big thunderstorm and heavy rainfall continue! 

The herds are heading back to the Ndutu plains from the central Serengeti following the ongoing rainfall all over the Serengeti

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May is the wettest month in the Serengeti. Roads can be slippery and tricky to navigate

03 May 2019 from Mariagel

May is the wettest month in the Serengeti. Roads can be slippery and tricky to navigate!

The herds gather in May as the calves legs should have become fully operational by now. They also feed less frequently, so bigger distances can be covered each day. 

- Image by Mariagel
- Image by Mariagel
- Image by Mariagel
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More hope for the Marsh Pride Legacy

02 May 2019 from The Marsh Pride of Lions

More hope for the Marsh Pride Legacy: Pamoja (Yaya's daughter) have been mating with Koshoke (one of the six Marsh Boys), just a few days ago. 

However, Dada, Kito and Kabibi along with their cubs, were captured resting close to the Governors' Camp. The cubs are thriving, becoming more and more confident - playing fights with each other and simply enjoying all the wonders of the Masai Mara

We have a list of the top tour and safari packages available, making it easy to choose the right one for you: http://bit.ly/2ZbKQLP

- Image by Moses Manduku
- Image by Moses Manduku
- Image by Moses Manduku
- Image by Moses Manduku
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May is a great time for action photography as the herds move quickly to the Serengeti’s Western

01 May 2019 from Sanel

May is a great time for action photography as the herds move quickly to the Serengeti's Western Corridor

Sanel captured a large herd of the great wildebeest migration from the Western Serengeti heading towards the Eastern Serengeti. However, a small herd is still roaming the Central Serengeti

There is a diverse collection of mobile camps, lodges and tented camps in the Serengeti and Mara. Your personal Africa Safari Expert will be able to guide you as to which is right for your preferences and budget.

- Image by Sanel
- Image by Sanel

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.