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

Watching an Elephant on an African game drive safari at the Masai Mara, Kenya

1 km

from herd

Ngare Serian

$ 640

per person per night

This refuge of serenity may not suit those who seek a tame, barren surroundings Rather, it fits the more audacious voyager who seeks out safari's real character. Because of its intimate and select character, Ngare Serian is suited to being set aside in its entirety for family gatherings or close friends on a private basis. Each of the four, tented suites stands on a rich hard wood deck, sat above the burbling Mara river deep in the North Mara Reserve.

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.

Guests having a Bush Meal at Karen Blixen Camp

3 km

from herd

Karen Blixen Camp

$ 502

per person per night

Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure.

Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with an undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere. The beautifully laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives.

Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.

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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.

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.