Our month-by-month guide on how to make the most of the migration.
06 Oct 2017
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Migration: what, where and when?
Migration is defined as ‘the seasonal movement of animals from one region to another’ and the Wildebeest migration in Tanzania is one the most spectacular in the world...
During the start of the year the Wildebeest stay around the grassy plains of the Southern Serengeti, around the Nduto region, they spend this time rearing their young and although there is limited movement to observe, predatory activity can often be witnessed instead.
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…
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….
August - October
Having escaped the jaws of the Nile crocodiles the Wildebeest continue their journey throughout August and September, crossing the Mara river and reaching the Masai Mara in Kenya by October.
The predator presence along this part of the journey means that casualties 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. A Wildebeests work is never done!
How can I witness this?
There are some spectacular places to stay en-route, to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon we recommend the following: