following the herds june 2019

It’s that time of year as we look forward to the annual wildebeest migration crossing over into the Masai Mara and wait with anticipation as we try to gauge their movements. It is impossible to predict where they will be at even given moment, as this is dependent on weather patterns in both Kenya and Tanzania and the fresh grass that they seek. 

We are excited to report that our Guides in Tanzania have reported large numbers of wildebeest around the Grumeti area in northern Serengeti and this last week our guides in Kenya, at Elewana Sand River have seen the plains in front of the camp speckled as far as the eye can see, with animals. The migration is heading through this area, making for incredible game viewing. Not only are there thousands of wildebeest but following closely behind are a number of predators, lying in wait for an opportunity to pounce. 

Elewana Collection has four properties in prime locations to catch the wildebeest migration all year round, from the south central plains of the Serenegti to the Mara North Conservancy, each offering a unique experience. If you are unable to make it for the dramatic river crossings happening over the next couple of months in the Masai Mara, then experience the calving period from January to March  that sees a population explosion producing more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again. Staying at Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp, a beautiful and intimate luxury camp perched on a rocky outcrop and offers dramatic views of the Serengeti plains below, ideally located to witness it all begin. These months are ideal for travel, as the Park is less crowded and opportunities to enjoy game viewing with less people around is more likely. 

For those who would like to see them on the move from the southern region to the north, Elewana Serenegti Migration Camp is situated overlooking  the Grumeti River, and thousands of wildebeest pass through this area from May to August, as they make their way to the Kenyan border. Elewana Sand River in the Masai Mara is perfectly situation to greet the migration as it moves across the border, passing through this luxury tented camp from as early as July, as the wildebeest head for the Mara Triangle and the infamous river crossings.