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. 

- Image by Johnathan Koikai
- 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

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.

Governors Camp Game Walk in Masai Mara, Kenya

7 km

from herd

Governors' Camp

280

per person per night

Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp. 

Masai Mara Scenery in Kenya

8 km

from herd

Serian Nkorombo

$ 715

per person per night

The old adage “Location, Location, Location” surpasses all – Nkorombo has it in spades! The Masai Mara made famous by the BBC’s “Big Cat Diaries” and more recently Disney’s “African Cats” is the predators prime real estate. Secreted away amongst a stand of wild olive and orange croton Alex Walker’s Nkorombo camp flanks a lively salt lick. A refuge for Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard cast about stalking a lavish overabundance of plucky prey.

This snug little bush camp is chock-full of singular character. Five tents command a view over the rushing Mara River, at once bursting with laughing hippo and languorous crocodile. True to it’s unpretentious origins, camp life is low-key and tranquil.

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10 km

from herd

Little Governors' Camp

$ 305

per person per night

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of Little Governors' Camp. As one of the first camps to be located in the Masai Mara, Boasting only 17 luxury tents, the camp can only be reached by a scenic boat ride across the Mara River and finally, a walk through the stunning riverene landscape. Quiet and undisturbed, the camp welcomes resident elephants who visit during lunch time, as well as wildlife at the natural waterhole in front of the camp. Although one doesn't need to go far to enjoy the unfenced, wildlife-rich surrounds, the Masai Mara itself is one of the best places on the planet to see Africa's Big Five, plains game and of course, offers front row seats to the Wildebeest Migration*

In addition, Little Governors' Camp has been awarded a Gold Rating from the Eco-Tourism Kenya. This is luxury with heart at its best...

* Follow our Herdtracker app for a migration map that plots the Great Migration in real time. 

 

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10 km

from herd

Governors' Il Moran

$ 390

per person per night

Governors' has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything we do.

Newly refurbished in 2018, Il Moran Camp is hidden in the cool shade of the riverine forest that follows the bends of the Mara River. Each tent enjoys a private location from which to enjoy the beautiful and serene setting. Hippos wallow in the river waters below, elephants wander through camp, and the night time is punctuated by hyena whoops and lion calls.

Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his & her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.

Small and supremely personal in nature, Il Moran is a chic and intimate retreat in the best wildlife location in Kenya and arguably Africa. A brand new dining and lounge area set along the riverfront is beautifully furnished and our superior team of chefs create dishes that tantalize the eyes and taste buds.