September 2020 - Wildebeest migration updates

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HUGE crossing at crossing point no7 in the Mara River from the northern side of the Mara River near

30 Sep 2020 from Nasikia Camps

HUGE crossing at crossing point no7 in the Mara River from the northern side of the Mara River near Kenya.

In September. the herds break up into smaller groups. About half of the animals remain in the northern Serengeti, the rest are swapping war stories in the Masai Mara. The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is just that: one system that has been artificially divided by humans. The herds will be spread out, making the most of water and food.

HUGE crossing at crossing point no7 in the Mara River from the northern side of the Mara River near

30 Sep 2020

HUGE crossing at crossing point no7 in the Mara River from the northern side of the Mara River near Kenya.

In September. the herds break up into smaller groups. About half of the animals remain in the northern Serengeti, the rest are swapping war stories in the Masai Mara. The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is just that: one system that has been artificially divided by humans. The herds will be spread out, making the most of water and food.

HUGE crossing at crossing point no7 in the Mara River from the northern side of the Mara River near

30 Sep 2020

HUGE crossing at crossing point no7 in the Mara River from the northern side of the Mara River near Kenya.

In September. the herds break up into smaller groups. About half of the animals remain in the northern Serengeti, the rest are swapping war stories in the Masai Mara. The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is just that: one system that has been artificially divided by humans. The herds will be spread out, making the most of water and food.

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A spectacular in the Mara Triangle

23 Sep 2020 from Mara Triangle

A spectacular in the Mara Triangle!

If you’re looking to escape the crowds of the reserve, the Mara Triangle – which makes up one third of the entire national reserve – should be your Masai Mara destination of choice. The concentration of game in the Mara Triangle is excellent – with all the exciting species that you find in the rest of the national reserve – and yet it sees fewer visitors than the rest of the reserve, due to its remoteness, the fact that there are only two access gates and because there is only one lodge, one camp and some campsites located within the sector.

It’s an excellent area to watch the drama of the Great Migration unfold without the masses of other vehicles elsewhere in the park, as the herds of animals move through the sector on their way into and out of the Masai Mara from the Serengeti.

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Amazing river crossings and excellent resident game

23 Sep 2020 from Serena Hotels

Clear skies and beautiful days. Amazing river crossings and excellent resident game. One of the very best times to be in the Serengeti – better than August, in my opinion, due to a quieter park.

In September, the herds are pretty much in an identical position to where they are in August, in the Lamai wedge and Kogatende areas of the northern Serengeti, as well as sometimes up in the Masai Mara too. Many people think that the Masai Mara is the place to be at this time, but that is simply not true, as the wildebeest tend to pour out into Kenya as an extension of their route, and as such, entering the Mara is not an integral part of their journey.

So all in all, you should be looking at the Serengeti over the Mara for the river crossings.

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A mega crossing in the Mara heading towards the west into the Mara Triangle

22 Sep 2020 from Alex Walker's Serian

A mega crossing in the Mara heading towards the west into the Mara Triangle!

Following August’s activity, September is a quieter month in terms of travellers and a period that still sees the mega-herd spreading out across the entire northern Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. Herds can be found from central Lobo (the central strip of the northern Serengeti) to the western area of the northern Serengeti (Kogatende and Lamai) right through to the heart of the Maasai Mara.

This is another prime river-crossing month, with Kogatende the place to be if this is your focus. A truly wonderful area, due to the energy and beauty of the Mara river system. September is always slightly quieter than August… never a bad thing!

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Action in the Mara River at crossing point no4

16 Sep 2020 from Alex Walker's Serian

Action in the Mara River at crossing point no4!

Safari guide Michael Thomas captured the herds on the northern side of the Mara River. A huge number of herds are heading towards the Masai Mara again.

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Another spectacular crossing in the Mara River on the Northern Serengeti side

14 Sep 2020 from Alex Walker's Serian

Another spectacular crossing in the Mara River on the Northern Serengeti side!

Safari guide Michael Thomas captured the great migration crossing from Kogatende to Lamai area! Most of the herds are on the Lamai Wedge plains.

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Another spectacular crossing in the Mara River!

09 Sep 2020 from Alex Walker's Serian

Another spectacular crossing in the Mara River!

Safari guide Michael Thomas captured the spectacular crossing from the South to North at crossing point No 1 on the Western corner of the Serengeti! The great herds are heading towards the Miles Turner Hill. 

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The great migration was captured heading towards the Mara River on the Masai Mara side.

08 Sep 2020 from Paul Kirui

The great migration was captured heading towards the Mara River on the Masai Mara side.

Daily crossings are to be expected!

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.