January 2017 - Wildebeest migration updates

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Lack of rain has slowed calving season down

24 Jan 2017 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker

From the air, the herds are quite spread out. The lack of proper rains have split them apart and I hear that the situation on the ground is quite dire. While many of the females have calved already, it seems some are holding out in the hope of better rains.

A huge portion if the herds were spotted near the Seronera airstrip and west with some herd further South in the Moru area. Few small herds also spotted further South of Ndutu too. I think the whole Serengeti is hoping for a few days of good rains to rejuvenate the plains again.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation
Arusha
 

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Small herds in Seronera

Hi Jarred

An update from just now, around 300/400 wildebeest in the Seronera area near to the Visitor Centre, also another 300/400 on the road / junction of Sopa / Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Not sure where the big herds currently are.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Calving season has yet to begin

20 Jan 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

A large group arrived down into the Marsh areas and were visible from our camp.  We dont see the babies yet but expect them soon. I am waiting for images to send you but we dont see big numbers here yet.

Regards,
Tabby
Lemala Ndutu

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Seronera herds moving south

20 Jan 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Update from the Camp Managers at Lemala Ewanjan Serengeti:

We have a lot of wildebeest in our area and they appear to be moving down south.  What is amazing is that we dont see the birthing yet but guides yesterday did see one not far from our camp.

I am waiting on images.

Regards,
Felix
Lemala Ewanjan

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Massive herds at Seronera

Hi HerdTracker

At Seronera, there are at least 10,000 wildebeest with zebra.  Sero is dry and dusty and they are looking for water.

We also spotted 2000-3000 zebra and wildebeest from Serengeti Pioneer Camp down to the junction of Sero-Lake Magadi. Spread out heading to Lake Magadi.

Kind Regards,
Alison
 

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Few hundred wildebeest scattered around Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Lake Magadi

Hi HerdTracker, 

We are seeing small pockets of a few hundred wildebeest scattered around Pioneer Camp and Lake Magadi

Please find a picture attached with Lake Magadi in the background.

Regards,
Tom
 

Wildebeest and zebra around Lake Magadi
Wildebeest and zebra around Lake Magadi - Image by Tom Mees
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2000 to 3000 wildebeest heading towards Moru

Hi HerdTracker 

A quick update - We spotted 2000 to 3000 wildebeest yesterday afternoon just outside Serengeti Pioneer Camp kicking up dust in the late afternoon light. Heading towards Moru

Regards,
Tom
 

Wildebeest close to Serengeti Pioneer Camp
Wildebeest close to Serengeti Pioneer Camp - Image by Tom Mees

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.