The Serengeti’s density of wildlife offers a spectacular safari experience no matter what time of the year you visit. The park’s open plains and mild climate mean that vegetation is never too dense to see animals, and the region’s two short rainy seasons (November to December and March to April) are rarely too unpleasant.

High or Peak Season Low or Green Season
About July to October About November to March
Highest rates Lowest rates
Need to book up to a year in advance No need to book so far in advance
Cool and dry weather Hot and occasionally wet weather
Not many baby animals or migrant birds Lots of baby animals and birds around
Most crowded Least crowded
Great photography conditions The best light of the year for photography


Guidelines: When to See the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti

Approximate Time Region
Calving (Birthing) Season February to March Southern Serengeti
Intense Predator Action February to March Southern Serengeti
Rutting (Breeding) Season April to May Western & Central Serengeti
Grumeti River Crossings May to June Central Serengeti
Mara River Crossings July to August Northern Serengeti
On the Move November to January Northern Serengeti to Southern Serengeti

Note: the above are approximate dates and places. The Wildebeest Migration is a year-round, circular journey and the river crossings cannot be predicted.