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The Serengeti Migration

The annual Serengeti Migration of the wildebeest in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet.  Sometimes referred to as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth', the Great Wildebeest Migration is a movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest throughout the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pastures and water.
Wildebeest have no natural leader and consequently herds split up and head off in different directions, meandering around and often choosing a completely different direction of travel from the one they chose yesterday.   Therefore it is best to imagine the Great Migration is as one mega herd, surrounded by a number of smaller splinter herds.

Maps and illustrations which endeavour to show the path of the migrating herds show the mega herd - but If you were to include the splinter herds then the entire migration can often cover half the entire Serengeti!   Such maps and illustrations are a reasonable starting point for planning your trip, but in reality the Great Migration is remarkably unpredictable with any degree of accuracy. 

If seeing the Great Wildebeest Migration is on your wish list, then there is a lot to be said for travelling with the Serengeti’s famous mobile camps - please see the Serengeti page for more information.  We have also writen a guide to the Migration which you can download here

The Great Serengeti Migration of the Wildebeest

Serengeti Migration in December

the migration starts to move into the Ndutu region of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  The short grass plains here are rich in nutritious grasses, providing the herds with the best conditions to raise their newborn.  Mid February is calving season when approximately 8,000 wildebeest are born every day for a period of approximately 3 weeks.  The area around Lake Ndutu itself is the place to be at this time of year. 

April to May

The herds migrate North with a split occurring when some wildebeest head directly up across the plains of the central Serengeti and the mega herd starts to push out to the Serengeti’s Western Corridor.  This is the best time to stay at Asilia’s Dunia Camp, Nomad Tanzania’s Serengeti Safari Camp, &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas and the larger central Serengeti hotels, such as the Serena and Sopa.  Show me more >


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Some of our favourites for witnessing the Migration

Some Of Our Favourite Tanzania Lodges

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