April 2014 - Wildebeest migration updates

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A main single herd

30 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hey Carel The migration was reliably spotted as a main single herd about 10 nautical miles SW of Sero by our pilots this morning. The coordinates are S02 37 E034 47 (Mukoma Hill vicinity) There are also quite a few small herds (less than 100 or so) floating around in different areas on the surrounding plains from Moru in the south to Sero in the east to Serena in the north. Have a good day Capt Joel

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The migration is right here

29 Apr 2014 from Mashine

Morning from Ewanjan Lemala Camp in the central Serengeti, we have not started our morning game drive yet because the migration is right here, I drove through the herds yesterday afternoon and they are all over the Seronera, Makoma, Moru kopjes areas and even as far north as Mbuzi Mawa. Talk to you tonight with some more feedback - clients are happy! Mashine

Western herds arrived at Lemala Ewanjan

25 Apr 2014

Our 3rd data capturing way-point has been reached in the 2014 Great Migration route, the front-end of the western herds has arrived at Lemala Ewanjan at Makoma Hill central Serengeti - Thank you for the update Tom Yule from Lemala for your info received.

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Small herd to the east of Seronera

24 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

So it seems to have split up again, with a small herd to the east of Seronera and the bigger herd south west of Seronera moving towards the north west. Unfortunately this is just reports from rangers on the ground as we rarely have a track south west of sero. We keep you up to date! Attached is a pic of the smaller herd. Capt Joel

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The wildebeest herds have split up again - Image by Captain Joel J Fernandes
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Herds are spread out

23 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Last update - the migration was spotted to the East of Seronera moving WNW slowly, the herds are spread out because of good rain throughout the east and central Serengeti, there is a very definite move towards the WNW. I would say that in a week from now they should be at Moru.

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Quick move towards the north

10 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hey Carel Got an update from the boys out there, still divided in 2 herds. One Southeast of Seronera and the other North west of Ndutu moving in a rough Northerly direction. It seems just when I think that you guys will be incorrect that they turn and go north - well done, i was surprised by the quick move towards the north over the last few days! Regards, Joel

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The migration is split in two

08 Apr 2014 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

So the migration is split in two. One giant herd south of Ndutu tracking towards lake Ndutu the other is north of Ndutu moving towards the Gol mountains direction, we have had more rain in the south and the herds turned around from their path to Moru and we have them a little longer in the south this year - I think there will be a quicker move to Simba next week. Thanks Joel

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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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. 

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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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Ndutu Safari Lodge

$ 256

per person per night

Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti eco-system. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu.

The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquillity far from the madding crowd. Spend some time with us and unwind. Relax to the rhythm of an African day as a myriad bird calls herald the rising sun. Stay close to the lodge and enjoy the resident wildlife or go for a drive and explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach. After sunset return to the homely warmth and hospitality of Ndutu Safari Lodge.

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Lemala Ndutu

$ 556

per person per night

Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh, Lemala Ndutu is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and March.

9 suite tents of a very high specification are relocated from the Northern Serengeti to this stunning Ndutu site to capture the boundless drama that accompanies the migration. The migrating herds of over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra begin to arrive in December and begin calving in February.

The camp is situated inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the border of Southern Serengeti, in what is perhaps the finest location in the whole of Ndutu because of its shady umbrella acacia trees and grass cover which reduces dust considerably and also attracts grazers. The camp offers fantastic views of the marsh whose permanent fresh waters attract an abundance of game including predators. The camp enjoys regular visits from resident wildlife ranging from lions, leopards,cheetahs and hyenas to elephant and giraffe. Lion hunts close to the camp are not uncommon.

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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.