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The Great Migration: what, where and when?

Our month-by-month guide on how to make the most of the migration.



Africa Specialist
Published on

06 Oct 2017

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2 minutes

Olakira Migration Camp River Crossing

Migration: what, where and when?

The Great Wildebeest Migration is a world renowned wildlife spectacle, which has been the subject of many a wildlife documentary. The term migration relates to the seasonal movement of animals from one region to another and the wildebeest migration in Tanzania and Kenya is one of the most spectacular in the world...

Wildebeest Migration In Serengeti National Park Tanzania


During the start of the year the wildebeest stay around the grassy plains of the Southern Serengeti, around the Ndutu region. They calve during this period and spend time rearing their young. Although herds can be quite dispersed and there is limited movement to observe, the abundance of young and resultant predatory activity more than makes up for it.

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Young Wildebeest


During the rainy season the wildebeest set off on their epic journey, heading north towards Seronera, the herd separates into smaller groups creating a constant flow of activity, perfect for tracking…

Sayari Camp Wildebeest
Sayari Camp Wildebeest


At this time of year the herds will venture through the western corridor of the Serengeti, it is during this part of the journey that they endeavour to cross the Grumeti River, which is one of the most spectacular sights of the whole event….

Olakira Migration Camp River Crossing
Olakira Migration Camp
Wildebeest And Croc
Wildebeest Crossing

August - October

Having run the gauntlet of the jaws of crocodiles, the wildebeest continue their journey throughout August and September, crossing the Mara River and reaching the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Lion Chase Etosha Namibia
Image © Anton Renate-Kruger

The predator presence along this part of the journey means that fatalities are inevitable, with the weak and wounded being carefully selected by the infamous big cats…


For those that make it through, it is time to set off again, heading south east towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, these beautiful creatures make their way back to the Ndutu region to calve and begin the cycle all over again. An ongoing circle of life!

Olakira Migration Camp Wildebeest Sunset
Olakira Migration Camp

How can I witness this?

There are some spectacular places to stay en-route and to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon we recommend the following:

In the Ndutu region try Ndutu Safari Lodge

In the Seronera region take a look at the Olakira Mobile Camp

On the Grumeti River try Grumeti River Camp

and in the Masai Mara we suggest Sayari Camp

For an unparalleled opportunity to walk in exclusive areas of the Serengeti, experiencing its incredible wildlife on foot, check out these Serengeti walking camps.

If you'd like to organise a safari holiday to see the Great Migration, call our friendly team of experts on 01768 603 715 and they'll be happy to help, or fill in our enquiry form.

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