Wildebeest Migration

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Wildebeest Migration

Every year, one of nature’s most extraordinary spectacles takes place on the vast plains of East Africa: the wildebeest migration. This awe-inspiring event involves millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores as they embark on an arduous journey in search of fresh grazing lands and water sources. Spanning across the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya, this incredible migration is a testament to the resilience and instinctual behavior of these iconic African animals. The Wildebeest Migration is a cyclical journey driven by the search for food and water. The herds follow the rainfall, constantly on the move in pursuit of fresh grazing grounds. The migration is a year-long affair, with distinct phases that unfold with precision and purpose. The journey begins in the southern Serengeti, where the wildebeests give birth to their young. The abundance of nutrient-rich grasses provides an ideal nursery for the calves, who are born in staggering numbers during a short window of time. This period of birthing sets the stage for the ensuing drama of the migration, as the herds prepare to undertake their arduous trek.

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Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari
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Where Does The Great Migration Start

From the southern plains, the wildebeests and their companions begin their northward migration, navigating through the western and central Serengeti. This leg of the journey is marked by river crossings, a perilous passage that tests the mettle of the migrating herds. The drama unfolds as crocodiles lurk in the murky waters, while predators lie in wait, ready to capitalize on moments of vulnerability. The river crossings are a breathtaking spectacle, a mix of desperation and determination as the animals surge through the currents, braving the unknown on their relentless quest for sustenance.

Best Time To See Wildebeest Migration

The best time to witness the wildebeest migration depends on the specific phase of the migration you want to experience. Here are the general periods for key events in the migration:

Calving Season (Late January to Mid-March)

This is an excellent time to see the wildebeest migration in the southern Serengeti, particularly around Ndutu. Thousands of wildebeest calves are born during this period, attracting predators and offering incredible opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts.

River Crossings (June to August)

The river crossings, especially at the Grumeti River and the Mara River, are some of the most dramatic moments in the migration. The wildebeest face challenges like crocodile-infested waters during these crossings. This period is typically from June to August.

Grasslands of Maasai Mara (August to October)

By August, the wildebeest have usually reached the Maasai Mara in Kenya. This is an excellent time to witness them grazing on the lush grasses of the Mara, and it offers fantastic opportunities for wildlife photography.

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Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari
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$1,299
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Tanzania Calving Migration Safari
3 days
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$1,299
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Plan Your Great Migration Safari

To maximize your chances of seeing specific phases of the wildebeest migration, it’s advisable to plan your visit accordingly with the assistance of Key2Africa, we specialize in arranging safaris and we can help you plan a trip tailored to your preferences.
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Wildebeest Migration Safari​ Activities Options

Game Drives

Witness the Great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration, as millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles traverse the Serengeti plains in search of fresh grazing, providing a thrilling safari experience.
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Hot Air Balloon Rides

Soar above the Serengeti at sunrise in a hot air balloon, offering breathtaking views of the migrating herds and the savannah below, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Guided Nature Walks

Explore the Serengeti on foot with expert guides, gaining a closer look at the wildlife, flora, and fauna, and learning about the ecosystem and conservation efforts.

Cultural Visits

Immerse yourself in the local Maasai culture with visits to Maasai villages, where you can learn about their traditions, customs, and way of life.

Photography Safaris

Capture stunning images of the Great Wildebeest Migration, with opportunities to photograph the herds crossing rivers, interacting with predators, and against the backdrop of the Serengeti landscape.

Night Game Drives

Experience the magic of the Serengeti at night, spotting nocturnal wildlife such as lions, leopards, and hyenas, and enjoying the tranquil beauty of the African night sky.

Bush Dinners

Indulge in romantic bush dinners under the stars, surrounded by the sounds of the African bush, creating unforgettable memories of your safari experience.
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Bird Watching

The Serengeti is home to a diverse range of bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers, with opportunities to spot rare and colorful birds in their natural habitat.
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Frequently Asked Questions About The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari

What is the Great Wildebeest Migration?
The Great Wildebeest Migration is an annual event where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles move in search of fresh grazing, creating one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth.
When is the best time to see the Serengeti migration?
The best time to see the migration in the Serengeti is typically from June to August, when the herds are in the northern Serengeti crossing the Mara River.
Where is the best place to see the Serengeti migration?
The best places to see the migration are the northern Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya, where river crossings occur, attracting large numbers of predators and offering thrilling wildlife sightings.
What activities can I do during the Serengeti migration safari?
You can enjoy game drives, hot air balloon rides, guided walks, and cultural visits, offering a diverse and unforgettable safari experience.
How long does the Serengeti migration last?
The migration is a continuous process that varies depending on rainfall and grazing conditions but typically lasts from June to October in the Serengeti.
Is it safe to go on a Serengeti migration safari?
Yes, it is generally safe to go on a safari during the migration, but it’s essential to follow the advice of your guide and adhere to park regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
What should I pack for a Serengeti migration safari?
Pack lightweight and breathable clothing, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy walking shoes, and a camera to capture the incredible wildlife sightings.

Are there accommodations available in the Serengeti during the migration?

Yes, there are various lodges, tented camps, and luxury safari camps available, offering a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets.