The Great Migration

Tanzania

Witness the magical mass movement of wildebeest and zebra, as the Serengeti National Park plays host to their annual pilgrimage towards the most nutritious grazing grounds. Prepare yourself for dramatic river crossings, high speed predator hunts and a sea of black striding across the open savannah. It really is the greatest wildlife show on Earth.

We’ll help you grab a front row seat so you won’t miss a bit of the action. Carefully planned game drives will anticipate the arrival of the herds, despite ever-changing global weather patterns meaning the migration’s movements vary each year. Whether you’re following the animal’s flow on a semi-mobile camping safari or are based in a luxury lodge, our expert contacts on the ground will maximise your chances of securing that perfect migratory moment.

If the wildebeest could choose, they wouldn’t migrate at all. Their desired home is among the short grass of the southern Serengeti, but the water and grazing cannot support them year around. From late January to March, they’ll give birth to several hundred thousand calves, who will join them in setting off in search of food and water following April’s long rains.

From May, there is a general movement to the north and west, where there is more grass and more dependable water. The route they follow is far from straightforward though. While parts of the migration will head to the Western Corridor and the Grumeti River before proceeding north, significant numbers may also go up through the central and eastern areas of Loliondo or via Seronera and Lobo. In a dry year, the first wildebeest could be near the Kenyan border by early June, but in a wet year they might not arrive until mid-August. If conditions are very good, the herds will spread out all the way from the central Serengeti to the Mara River.

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