Safari guide Jacupa Martinez witnessed thousands of the Great Migration crossing point number 4 in the Serengeti Lamai Wedge from the Kogatende.
Lamai is a triangular-shaped watershed area just north of the Mara River. Lamai's freshwater and verdant grasslands serve as a critical refuge for the wildebeest and zebra during the dry season. In fact, the majority of the migration usually resides here from July until November. It's one of East Africa's best secrets that during the dry season, the secluded Lamai Triangle holds more of the migration then the more heavily touristy Masai Mara Game Reserve just to the north in Kenya.
Perfect as a honeymoon destination or as a luxury retreat from which to enjoy the many splendours of the Serengeti, Lamai Serengeti Main Camp delivers the very best that this extraordinary region has to offer, from an incredible location to exceptional guiding, service and cuisine.
When compared to July, we would argue that September is a better time to almost guarantee seeing the migration in the north. This is because the wildebeest can be late, so July is a slightly trickier time to predict, whereas if you go in September though, you are pretty much guaranteed to see the herds as they absolutely will have arrived in the north by this time and always linger well into September. Contrary to popular belief, once the herds arrive in the north, they do not simply head straight for the Masai Mara than head south, but they linger crisscrossing 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.
Safari guide Michael Thomas managed to capture a BIG Crossing at point number 4 during his morning game drive. The great migration was coming from the South heading towards the North of the Mara River.
David Mark Erickson captured a small crossing close to the airstrip at Kogatende.
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.
Wildebeest crossing at Kaburu Crossing point in the Masai Mara!
The Kaburu Crossing point is known to be one of the toughest section for the wildebeest to cross due to the congestion of animals that accumulates (on both sides) and many of them fall back down the slopes and into the river where there is a high number crocodile lurking.
The slopes are also quite rocky and offer no support - trapping their legs and causing serious (and often fatal) injuries. Once the herds cross the river, the final obstacle at Kaburu is the number of lions laying low, ready to ambush them as they try to regain their strength on the other side. The wildebeest are so exhausted and startled from the chaos of the crossing that they make for an easy catch and it is not uncommon to witness multiple kills taking place here.
Between June and November, the North camp is in the Lamai Wedge of the northern region where teeming herds are forced to cross the Mara River and face the prospect of enormous crocodiles that lie in wait for them. The camp lies only a kilometre (less than a mile) from the Mara just above Crossing Point 4, making a great place to see the action. Fly-camping is also possible at the North camp - a unique experience that brings you even closer to the secrets of the bush.
Perfect for safari and wildlife enthusiasts looking for an authentic, relatively uncrowded and intimate Serengeti experience, Serian’s Serengeti camps can be privately booked by friends or families travelling together for the ultimate African getaway.
Safari guide Michael Wachira captured the great migration arriving the Mara Triangle from the Ngioare border point.
The Mara Triangle is the area where the Great Migration enters and exit the Masai Mara National Reserve from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, making it a prime section for viewing this amazing wildlife spectacle unfold. Crossings of the Mara River make for some of the most dramatic scenes of the migration, so staying in the Mara Triangle will give you front-row seats to the show.
There’s a launch site for hot air ballooning in the Mara Triangle! Flying high above the plains of the Mara as the sun turns the landscapes golden and being able to do wildlife spotting from the air is an experience you’ll never forget.
The great migration have crossed the Mara River into the Lamai Wedge. Lamai is a triangular-shaped watershed area just north of the Mara River!
Lamai's freshwater and verdant grasslands serve as a critical refuge for the wildebeest and zebra during the dry season. In fact, the majority of the migration usually resides here from July until November. It's one of East Africa's best secrets that during the dry season, the secluded Lamai Triangle holds more of the migration then the more heavily touristy Masai Mara game reserve just to the north in Kenya.
The area has beautiful vast open plains, dotted with desert date trees, good shade during the day for any predators in the area.
The herds in August are up in the north, crossing the Mara River between Kogatende and the Lamai Wedge. This is the peak time to see the river crossings because even if the wildebeest are late, they will have reached the Kogatende area by this time.
You would be very unlucky for the wildebeest not to be surrounding the Mara River if you decide to go in August. On the flip side, you would also be lucky to see a crossing, as not everyone does - no matter how many hours are spent waiting with a herd by the river banks, they may simply not decide to cross over for hours!
This morning safari guide Nathan Losaru Mollel captured a big herd crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River in the Northern Serengeti. Only one wildebeest was lost to a crocodile, a small price for the survival of thousands of other wildebeest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.