The Wildebeest Migration: July to November

July
Waterholes on the Serengeti plains continue to dry out as winter advances, while over a million wildebeest grazing soon crops the grasslands to stubble. The herds must keep moving, heading north in search of food and water.

August to September
The migration heads north out of the central Serengeti, splitting into two routes. The main group heads into the western corridor crossing the Grumeti River in spectacular stampedes. Enormous crocodiles wait patiently to snatch wildebeest as they surge across the river. The wildebeest continue to move steadily across the Grumeti region, making another perilous river crossing to cross the Mara River and reach the lush grazing in Kenya's Masai Mara. The smaller group heads directly north from the central Serengeti into the northern plains and from there into the Masai Mara, avoiding the river crossings.

October to November
The sheer number of wildebeest arriving in the Masai Mara area is staggering, as is the variety of resident wildlife - zebra, giraffe, buffalo, elephant, hyena, lion, eland and gazelle to name a few. From August until the summer rains start in November, the Masai Mara is lush and green, and offers the best game viewing in Africa. Once the rains start and the wildebeest have recovered their strength, they begin moving south to their Serengeti breeding grounds which are green and lush once more.


It’s essential to plan your migration safari well in advance if you want to be in the best place at the right time to witness the river crossings or make the most of the Masai Mara’s high season – talk to us today.

Migration Safari Packages: Our Experts Recommend

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    Destinations visited: Tanzania, Serengeti, Tarangire, Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater

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    Destinations visited: Laikipia, Kenya, Nairobi, Masai Mara

    A spectacular 9-day once-in-a-lifetime journey, this itinerary promises you a fly-in safari to Mount Kenya, the Masai Mara & Samburu.

  • East Africa's Mara, Crater & Serengeti Migration

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    Tour duration: 9 days
    Destinations visited: Kenya, Tanzania, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Masai Mara

    Explore the best of East Africa in this 8-night safari of a lifetime, taking in the top game parks of Kenya & Tanzania.

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    Tour duration: 14 days
    Destinations visited: Masai Mara, Tanzania, Serengeti, Kenya, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar

    Experience the ultimate family safari in the Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater combined with luxury & relaxation in a Zanzibar retreat.

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    Tour duration: 9 days
    Destinations visited: Kenya, Nairobi, Masai Mara

    This 7-day Kenya safari combines Ngare Serian, in a private 1500-acre conservancy with Nkorombo, an authentic tented camp in the Masai Mara.

  • Tanzania Tarangire, Crater & Serengeti

    From $7000
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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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