The Great Wildebeest Migration

The most dramatic show of the wild, The Great Wildebeest Migration-watching millions of animals crossing the plain of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya. The annual migration of giant herds of grazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya is a truly spectacular event. Millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pasture, in a regular pattern.

The great wildebeest migration

Best time to watch the wildebeest

The trail is done all year around, however watching dramatic show takes seasons crossing from Tanzania to Kenya. July – October: This is when the wildebeest are in the northern Serengeti plains, and you have a chance of sighting millions crossing the great Mara River. As the view of the wildebeest crossing the so dramatic, the period is well-thought-out by many to be the most desirable time to grasp the plain crossing.

December – March, Currently the wildebeest are in the southern area of the Serengeti, more specifically in Ndutu which is actually in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and it is calving season. Along with the river crossings, this is a real highlight of the wildebeest’s journey and a fabulous time to see the herds congregate on the dramatic sweeping plains of the south. February is the only time of year when you are almost guaranteed to see the big herds all together as they always come south for calving season.

The rest of the year: In November, April, May and June the migration is “in between” locations and as such these months are slightly transitional times to see the herds. November is the short rains, April and May are the long rains and as such the grass is green in these months across the Serengeti, so the wildebeest are more dispersed than in the prime time of July – October and December – March. Thus, you don’t get as many of those condensed big herds which people get excited about!

Although we try to be as comprehensive as possible, something that is quite difficult to express on paper is a lot easier to explain over the phone, so please do just give us a call for a simple overview of the Migration’s route.

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