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 December; March to April
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 January to March Southern Serengeti
Intense Big Cat Action January to March Southern Serengeti
Rutting January to March Southern Serengeti
Grumeti River Crossings May to July Western Serengeti
Mara River Crossings July to September Northern Serengeti
On the Move October to December Northern Serengeti and Masai Mara

Note: the above are approximate dates and places. The Wildebeest Migration is a year-round, circular journey and the river crossings cannot be predicted, although they generally occur between May and September.