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The Wildebeest Migration: December to March

December
In response to November’s summer rains, wildebeest start moving in their hundred thousands out of Kenya's Masai Mara and onto Tanzania's southern Serengeti plains and the northern Ngorongoro conservation area. Tens of thousands of zebras and gazelles accompany the wildebeest into Tanzania.

January
The wildebeest spread out across the short grass plains of Tanzania's Southern Serengeti and northern Ngorongoro conservation area - if the land could support them year round, the wildebeest would never leave this lush, green landscape.

February
Over a period of about three weeks in February, several hundred thousand calves are born. Pregnant wildebeest give birth more or less simultaneously so expect to see calves from a few hours, to a few days old while on game drives. You might even witness a birth - unlike other antelope, wildebeest do not hide their newborns but encourage them to get on their feet immediately and join the herd where there is safety in numbers.

March
There is a very high probability of witnessing a kill on a game drive in this period. The calves are easy prey for Africa's big predators: lions, cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyenas, and rare wild dogs.


We’ll tailor make your migration safari around your preferences and interests, but since this is one of Africa’s most popular attrractions, it’s essential to plan your safari well in advance – talk to us today.

Migration Safaris: Our Experts Recommend

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    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.

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    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.

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!

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