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The Wildebeest Migration: April to June

By April the wildebeest migration has spread out across the plains of Tanzania's northern Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the southern Serengeti. There are thousands of young wildebeest calves on the plains - along with predators waiting for easy pickings.

In May, the rains stop and the land dries up. The grass has been mowed to stubble by the herds, which are now forced to start moving. The great journey starts in a rather disorderly manner: a few of the 1.5 million individuals decide it's time to go and start off westwards towards Lake Victoria and the western Serengeti, the others eventually follow. Individuals and small groups gradually merge into vast columns on the march and the migration builds up momentum again.

Given the fact that the exact timing of the wildebeests' departure from the plains is completely dependent upon when the rains end in May, it is a good idea to try several different locations if you are on safari at this time of year. The migration could reach the western Serengeti anytime from early May to early June, depending on when the southern plains dry up.

Late May to early June is also when the wildebeest breed, the exact timing dictated by the availability of food and the animals' condition. But, whenever it happens, all the mature animals come into season at the same time and the result is spectacular. Breeding males bellow and grunt to advertise their presence, see off rivals and round up females to keep them from walking away while the calves and their mothers constantly call to each other so they don't get separated in all the confusion. The resulting cacophony is quite something!

By June, the migration should be in full swing as the herds make their way from the southern plains to their transitional range located in the western Serengeti. Combined with the wildebeest rut at the beginning of June, the movement of the massed herds, attacked on all fronts by predators, makes this an exciting time for a safari in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.

Talk to an Africa Safari Expert today and make the most of your Migration safari tour package from April through to June.

Migration Safari Packages: Our Experts Recommend

  • Tanzania's Singita Grumeti Serengeti

    From $7580
    Per person sharing
    Tour duration: 7 days
    Destinations visited: Tanzania, Serengeti, Grumeti Reserves

    The ultimate Serengeti migration safari: blend dramatic game viewing & river crossings with Singita's truly sensational accommodation. 

  • Tanzania's Scenic Parks & Migration

    From $7560
    Per person sharing
    Tour duration: 10 days
    Destinations visited: Lake Manyara, Arusha, Tanzania, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

    Travel through Tanzania, taking in Arusha, the famed Serengeti & remote Tarangire reserve as well as beautiful Lake Manyara.

  • Family Tanzania's Manyara, Migration & Crater

    From $6760
    Per person sharing
    Tour duration: 9 days
    Destinations visited: Lake Manyara, Tanzania, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

    Tanzania’s top wildlife destinations in this action-packed, 7-night Great Migration safari that combines Lake Manyara, the Serengeti & the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Tanzania's Tarangire, Crater & Migration

    From $6790
    Per person sharing
    Tour duration: 8 days
    Destinations visited: Lake Manyara, Tanzania, Serengeti, Tarangire

    Wonderfully romantic and intimate accommodation is just part of this great tour - you'll also pack in no fewer than 4 game reserves for a comprehensive game viewing experience.

  • Tanzania's Crater & Serengeti Migration

    From $5930
    Per person sharing
    Tour duration: 7 days
    Destinations visited: Tanzania, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

    Northern Tanzania's 2 unmissable wildlife highlights are on this week-long tour - track the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater before enjoying a Serengeti safari at 2 different luxury lodges.

  • Tanzania's Fly-In Northern Circuit

    From $6000
    Per person sharing
    Tour duration: 8 days
    Destinations visited: Tanzania, Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater

    A cleverly constructed itinerary packs all of Northern Tanzania's safari highlights into an 8-day package, great for those with limited time but who want the full big game experience.

Wildebeest Migration

The Wildebeest Migration:

A Seasonal Guide

It's Nature's most spectacular show but you'll need to be in the right place at the right time to enjoy all the drama - start planning your migration safari right here!