The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of nature’s greatest spectacles that involve the movement of millions of wildebeest in a continuous cycle through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
It is one of Africa’s greatest mysteries, with no clear understanding of how the wildebeests know which way to go other than the suspicion that their journey is primarily dictated by their response to weather, particularly the rainy season, which causes new grass to grow.
So, How Can I Prepare for the Great Wildebeest Migration Safari?
Before planning for your Great Wildebeest Migration it is essential for you to know which destination you intend to visit as well as your travel month. Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wildebeest Migration occurs all year round, not just from July to October. Here is our month-by-month breakdown of where to visit and how to find them:
The Great Migration in January, February, and March.
The months of January, February, and March offer good sightings of millions of wildebeest that stretch across the southern Serengeti near Lake Ndutu. This season is also the calving month where over 8,000 new calves are born each day for a period of two to three weeks. The huge population of vulnerable young calves attracts lots of predators making the southern Serengeti a popular spot for witnessing sheer drama from January to March.
🏕️ Accommodation: Olakira, Kimondo, and Ubuntu Camp
The Great Migration in April and May
The beginning month of April to May attracts long rains around Serengeti Plains thus causing most herds to flock to the central Serengeti, toward the Moru and Simba Kopjes for fresh grass. Safaris at this time also offer excellent value for your money due to the fact that there are fewer tourists in the Serengeti in spite of excellent wildlife viewing experiences.
🏕️ Accommodation: Dunia Camp.
The Great Migration in June and July
The month of June ushers in the dry season with most herds’ splitting up, with some already crossing the Grumeti River. From Grumeti, the herds will migrate north along the park’s western edge, toward an even more dangerous barrier: the Mara River. These river crossings are arguably one of the most exciting wildlife events on Earth. They usually begin at the onset of high season in July, however, it is impossible to accurately predict river crossings as the timing depends on nature.
🏕️ Accommodation: Rekero Camp
The Great Migration in August, September and October
August is generally considered the best time to witness the dramatic river crossings from the northern Serengeti into the Masai Mara. From September to October, the herds will stay in Masai Mara, breaking up into smaller groups as they move eastward.
The Great Migration in November and December
The late October and early November welcome the short rains that cause the wildebeest to migrate down from Kenya to the eastern limits of Serengeti past the Namiri Plains, an area known for excellent cheetah sightings. Later in December, the fresh grazing sees the wildebeest spread throughout the eastern and southern reaches.
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