Serengeti Migration

The Serengeti Migration Blog

Nomad Tanzania was one of the first companies to offer mobile safaris in the Serengeti for those intrepid travellers who wanted as guaranteed chance of being as close to the wildebeest migration as possible. Years later, we're still out there doing it every day. Our Nomad Guides, many of who have been with us since the very beginning, are in the midst of the Serengeti action every day, and here are some of their reports hot off the press!

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Fri, May 29, 2015

Hot off the plains…

News reaching us from the Serengeti is that Nomad guide Nathan spotted large herds of wildebeest and zebra yesterday crossing the seasonal river that brings water to Lake Magadi in Moru.

These pictures were taken by Nathan at Vidimbwini near the Simba kopjes and today the herds were seen moving from the Naabi Hill towards Olbaye, with a long line still moving into Moru.

Thu, May 14, 2015

Of gnu’s and pussy-cats

Our guides in the Serengeti have been tracking down the migration for us again and our latest reports are that the wildebeest are still keeping us guessing and are now exactly where they should have been…3 months ago!

The herds are stretching from Ndutu, across the plains to Naabi and Lemuta, the Gol and Simba Kopjes are full of grunting gnu’s and there are still some smaller herds further north near Barafu and towards Seronera. On Tara’s recent trip to the Serengeti the cats were out in force with a pride of lions in the kopje right in front of camp roaring through the night, another pride with 11 cubs enjoying an afternoon kip not too far from camp, and a drive that came across not one, but TWO leopards.  As always, the Serengeti is full of surprises.

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Keeping us on our toes

The beasts are keeping us all on their toes this year.  While we had guides getting stuck in the dust only 2 weeks ago on the way to Piyaya, it seems that after the big rains started, there has been a huge U-turn of the main herds, and Golini/Naabi and the plains are pumping with animals and the dust has finally turned to mud and eventually lovely green shoots. 

They stretch all the way from the Ndutu triangle, Naabi, Gol Kopjes and all the way down to Piyaya. There are still some zebra around Moru but the majority has gone from there, and sadly the Western Corridor is once again very empty. There are some splinter herds already up near Lobo and even Kogatende, but they are in smaller numbers. Some reports in Kenya claim that they first crossings happened in the Mara but we doubt these are true migrants. Will keep you posted on further movements.

Also, great news in from Nduara Loliondo that the wild dogs were seen hunting earlier this week.

Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Go West!

Nomad guide, Ian Kiwelu, sent these great pics in yesterday.  The herd he was watching was heading west towards Grumeti.  He reports that the bulk of the migration is all around Musabi in the Western Corridor and our Serengeti Safari Camp.

Sat, Feb 21, 2015

Wildies back in Ndutu, and a guest appearance

The calving started early this year in mid January after the rains came in big and beautiful over Christmas and the first half of January.  It then dried up quickly, and large herds moved to Kusini/Maswa and even further.

It has now started raining again and the wildebeest are pouring back into Ndutu in their thousands, our camp in Moru had wildebeest passing right through camp for 3 days solid - all are on the move towards Ndutu!  A lot of them are also coming back from the Kusini/Maswa area.  So Ndutu is pumping with Migration right now, and will be more so as they all arrive over the next days.

We have some fantastic pictures sent in by Nomad guide Ian Kiwelu of the herds around Big Marsh, and also a special migration supplement from Nomad guide Nathan Lasaru who had the good fortune to witness courting honey badgers...and THAT certainly doesn't happen every day!


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