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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 in the chaos raising a magnificent cacophony unlike anything else in Africa.

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

  • Tanzania Fly-In Western 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Romantic 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 Fly-In Tarangire, Highlands & Migration

    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!