September 2019 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Mara River Crossing in the Central Serengeti

29 Sep 2019 from Fiona Chen

Fiona Chen was fortunate to encounter the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Central Serengeti during her stay in the Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp.

Lemala Ewanjan is an authentic intimate tented camp set in a secluded part of the game-rich Seronera Valley in Central Serengeti. This wonderful tented camp offers spectacular views and is easily accessible to the area's other major game-viewing spots.

Fiona Chen also took advantage of the fantastic hot-air balloon and captured the herds from the birds year. 

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- Image by Fiona Chen
- Image by Fiona Chen
- Image by Fiona Chen
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Great Migration heading towards Fort Ikoma and the Lobo area

Safari guide Hasnain Sajan captured the Great Migration heading towards Fort Ikoma and the Lobo Valley.

The wildlife spectacle of the Wildebeest Migration thunders through Lobo twice a year, including July and August (during the northward migration) and September through November (during the southward migration). During this time visitors can witness thousands of wildebeest and zebra attract hungry predators and scavenging vultures. 

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Jim Kirklin saw one of the most awe-inspiring scenes he has ever encountered

26 Sep 2019 from Jim Kirklin

Jim Kirklin saw one of the most awe-inspiring scenes he has ever encountered!

He spent a few days with the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti. He was fortunate to witness thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River for hours. Before momentum kicked in, they seemed to be confused about which side of the river they wanted to be on - A group would go across, wait a few minutes then go back, and so on. That led to traffic jams with the wildebeest going both ways at the same time. 

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/2lfC4xn

- Image by Jim Kirklin
- Image by Jim Kirklin
- Image by Jim Kirklin
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Crossings at Point No 3 continue

26 Sep 2019 from Ajabu Adventures

Crossings at point No 3 continue!

The Great Wildebeest Migration was seen crossing point No 3 from Northern to Southern Serengeti

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Great Wildebeest Migration crossing point number 3 from Northern to Southern Serengeti

25 Sep 2019 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Frank Gabriel captured a large herd of the wildebeest crossing point number 3 from Northern to Southern Serengeti.

Lemala Mara is set under shady trees in the heart of the Northern Serengeti's best game viewing area, giving you front-row seats as the wildebeest and zebra herds make their way to the crocodile-infested Mara River.

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Mega crossing are still happening on both sides of the border

23 Sep 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

Mega crossings are still happening on both sides of the border!

Safari guide Johnathan Koikai captured two separate crossings at Lookout and Kaburu area. 

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- Image by Johnathan Koikai
- Image by Johnathan Koikai
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Raw power and survival instinct

20 Sep 2019 from Rachel Penn

Raw power and survival instinct!

Rachel's front-row seat gave her the opportunity to witness a huge of the wildebeest crossing Mara River in the Northern Serengeti

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Thousands of wildebeest stampeded across the river into the Northern Serengeti

19 Sep 2019 from Erica

Erica witnessed the thousands of wildebeest as they stampeded across the river into the Northern Serengeti.

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- Image by Erica
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Massive crossings towards the Western and Northern Serengeti

19 Sep 2019 from Jenny Rossukon

Massive crossings towards the Western and Northern Serengeti!

Once the herds arrive in the north, they do not simply head straight for the Masai Mara then head south, but they linger criss-crossing over back and forth through the Mara River – it is not a single mass movement, but more a chaotic gathering which can mean river crossings happen daily from July all the way through until late October.

- Image by Jenny Rossukon
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Both sides of the Mara River are important during this period

18 Sep 2019 from N A Hashim

Both sides of the Mara River are important during this period! Hashim witnessed the wildebeest crossing the Mara River to migrate from Serengeti to Masai Mara

The great herds are still entering the Mara having to cross the mighty Mara River. Watching the river crossings can be spectacular, watching the wildebeest gather the courage to tackle the elements and enter the unknown is something very special. Witness the confusion, fright and panic, the crocodiles lunging and the cats ready to pounce from the bushes, makes for a sensational safari experience.

- Image by N A Hashim
- Image by N A Hashim
- Image by N A Hashim
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Gnus crossing the Mara River close to the Sayari Camp

18 Sep 2019 from Sibylle Gruner

Sibylle Gruner was ecstatic to witness the gnus crossing the Mara River close to the Sayari Camp!

Set on the unspoilt plains of the Northern Serengeti, Sayari gives you easy access to the Mara River and multiple river crossing points in the Serengeti National Park. Sayari Camp offers some of the world’s finest game viewing – and it does so in remarkable style. Relax in your extra-comfortable hillside, or take a dip in the glorious rim-flow swimming pool with dramatic views over the northern plains.

In the evening, guests can relax in the comfort of one of the common tents and enjoy a drink and a good book, or simply sit around the fire and share stories of the day’s sightings.

- Image by Sibylle Gruner
- Image by Sibylle Gruner
- Image by Sibylle Gruner
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Hundreds of noisy wildebeest were captured crossing the Mara River near the Singita Mara River Camp

17 Sep 2019 from Singita

Hundreds of noisy wildebeest were captured crossing the Mara River close to the Singita Mara River Tented Camp

Located on a dramatic bend in the Mara River within the Lamai triangle in Tanzania, this solar-powered camp provides unsurpassed viewing of the wildebeest river crossings during the annual migration.

Game drives with expert guides reveal the wonders of this ancient ecosystem where the cycles of life, unchanged in millennia, play out around you. 

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Tousands of wildebeest and zebra relaxing at Sand River in Kenya

11 Sep 2019 from Real Masai Safari Tours

Thousands of wildebeest and zebra relaxing at Sand River in Kenya, close to Serengeti National Park border. A panicked wildebeest sets off a massive stampede. 

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Wildebeest migration crossing point number 3 from North to South Serengeti.

11 Sep 2019 from Gnu Migration Camp

The Great Wildebeest migration was captured crossing point number 3 from North to South Serengeti

Once the herds arrive in the north, they do not simply head straight for the Masai Mara then head south, but they linger criss-crossing over back and forth through the Mara River – it is not a single mass movement, but more a chaotic gathering which can mean river crossings happen daily from July all the way through until late October.

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A huge herd moves back to the Serengeti from Mara Triangle

10 Sep 2019 from Kearsleys Travel and Tours

Crossings continue from North to Southern Serengeti. A huge herd moves back to the Serengeti from Mara Triangle. 

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Huge herd crossing Makutano Junction between 7 and 8 from Lamai to Kogatende

10 Sep 2019 from Alex Walker's Serian

Safari guide Jacupa Martinez saw a huge herd crossing Makutano Junction between 7 and 8 from Lamai to Kogatende. 

Makutano Under Canvas Camp it is the closest camp to the Mara river where each year enormous columns of wildebeest cross the river, negotiating the jaws of the hungry crocodiles, in order to get to the pastures on the other side in what could be considered the climax of the Great Migration.

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From the bird’s eye-crossing point number 7 from the North to the Southern Serengeti

The Great Wildebeest Migration was captured from the bird's eye-crossing point number 7 from the North to the Southern Serengeti while flying with Miracle Experience Balloon. 

Watching the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River can be very spectacular; there are often scenes of great panic and confusion. 

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Huge crossing at point number 7 from the North to the Southern Serengeti

04 Sep 2019 from Lemala Camps

Safari guide Frank Gabriel saw a huge crossing at point number 7 from the North to the Southern Serengeti

The herds are still spread out across the Northern section of the Serengeti pushing and shoving to cross the Mara River to get to the grasses on the Masai Mara side of the river. However, it is also quite common to see the herds cross the river to the north one day, only for them to undergo the terror and fright to cross to the south the next day.

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The Great Migration gathering for a crossing from the bird’s eyes

The Great Migration gathering for a crossing from the bird's eyes! 

September offers more hot and dry weather, as the dry season continues in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

The Serengeti is starting to warm up. The herds are still spread out across the Northern section of the Serengeti, pushing and shoving to cross the Mara River to get to the grasses on the Masai Mara side of the river. 

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River crossings will continue throughout the month

01 Sep 2019 from Emmanuel Qamara

Safari guide Emmanuel Qamara witnessed a huge crossing from the South to the Northern Serengeti

River crossings will continue throughout the month, while abundant lion, cheetah and hyena are never short of prey.

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Lodges closest to the herd right now

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

1 km

from herd

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

$ 340

per person per night

The location of the Serengeti North Wilderness Camp has been carefully selected in the Lamai Wedge, the northern-most corner of the Serengeti National Park.

This relatively isolated spot overlooks the Mara River and is just a few kilometres from one of the recognised ‘crossing points’ for the wildebeest migration. The great thing about Northern Serengeti is that it is nowhere near as densely populated as the Maasai Mara.

 

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.

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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.

Singita Mara Guests on a Game Drive

6 km

from herd

Singita Mara

$ 1515

per person per night

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this philosophy, the camp operates “off-the-grid” and relies entirely on a custom-designed solar system for its power and the use of recycled and natural materials wherever possible. Inside the camp, bohemian chic sets the tone for cool relaxation, where spun natural fabrics, canvas, stone and raw leather blend with Maasai primary colours and elegant art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen. The functional East African design encourages guests to embrace the outdoors and connect with nature.

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.