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Best Time to Visit the Serengeti

The short October/November and March/April rainy seasons notwithstanding, the Serengeti's temperate and mostly dry climate plus abundant resident wildlife makes for a great game viewing experience all year round - the question of exactly when to go to the Serengeti really revolves around whether you want to see the wildebeest migration.

If so, then the best time to visit the Serengeti is between October and July before the wildebeest return to Kenya's Masai Mara around August. Note however that the migration is a fluid affair: not only is its precise timing subject to each year's rainfall pattern but the herds move around the Serengeti depending on the time of year.

Ensure you're in the right place at the right time: use our detailed climate guide below or contact one of our African Safari Experts to help you plan when to go on a Serengeti safari for maximum reward.

Planning on combining a visit to the Serengeti with other East Africa destinations? Read our advice on the:


  • Watch our Wildebeest Migration animation on the right for a fun depiction of the timing and movement of this annual event. 
  • Read our month-to-month guide to the annual migration: How the Wildebeest Migration Works.

Serengeti climate chart


At a Glance

From November to July, the Serengeti rumbles to the sound of migrating wildebeest - you'll need to get your timing right to see this spectacle but the game viewing here is excellent all year round.