The Wildebeest Migration: April to June


April marks the start of the wildebeest migration. In April, the waterholes start to dry up and the southern Serengeti plains have been mowed to stubble by more than a million wildbeest, zebra and gazelle grazing there. As a result, small herds gradually merge into vast columns of wildebeest on the march – it’s a spectacular sight: the mega herd covers the vast plain to the horizon.

Adult wildebeest come into season simultanously – this ensures they give birth in a mass calving in February, which offers their newborns the safety of numbers. The result is spectacular: breeding males bellow and grunt to advertise their presence, chase off rivals and try to round up females to keep them from wandering off. Calves and their mothers call to each other constantly so they don't get separated, raising a magnificent cacophony unlike anything else in Africa. By May, the herds have usually reached the short-grass plains of the mid Serengeti and are heading in the general direction of the Seronera Valley in Tanzania.

By June, the rut is in full swing and the last column of the mega herd arrives from the southern plains. Combined with the rut, the movement of the massed herds and the constant attacks on all sides by predators, makes this a spectacular time to witness the Migration. 

We’ll tailor make your safari but since the Migration is one of Africa’s best bucket-list attrractions, it’s essential to plan your safari well in advance – talk to us today.

Migration Safaris: Our Experts Recommend

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

  • Selous & Ruaha Adventure

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    Tour duration: 9 days
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    Combine the thrilling spectacle of the Serengeti’s Great Migration with fascinating Masai cultural interactions on this action-packed safari vacation.

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    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.

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    Tour duration: 9 days
    Destinations visited: Tanzania, Serengeti, Tarangire, Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater

    A 9-day Big 5 safari across Tanzania’s varied landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire & magnificent northern Serengeti

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The Great Wildebeest migration: An animation from Go2Africa Safaris on Vimeo.