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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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

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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.