The Great Migration

This is one of the great wonders of Africa; where thousands of wildebeest, zebras, Grant's gazelle, Thompson gazelle, eland and impalas migrate from Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya, in search of fresh grazing land and water.
It is said to be the largest land mammal migration on earth with over two million mammals traveling approximately 1,800 miles round the migration cycle in east Africa. Check out some of our sample packages below or contact one of our holiday experts to structure a migration tour for you.

The Great Migration in Africa

Watch the Great migration in Africa
Millions of Wildebeest crossing the Masai Mara River on the Migration cycle.


What to see on The Great Migration
The wildebeest Migration
 

A distance view of the Wildebeest Migration.

The Great wildebeest Migration pictures
The Wildebeest evading crocodiles and struggling to cross the Mara River.


The great migration cycle
The Tanzania Serengeti Migration
 

More Picture of the Great Migration.

Serengeti, Mara Wildebeest Migration
A front view of the Wildebeest river crossing.


Images of the great Migration
The great migration holiday packages
 

The beauty of the seven wonders of Africa.

When to see the great migration

A large picture of the great migration.

The great migration in Serengeti and Masai Mara

The wildebeest migration

On the migration cycle, wildebeest are the majority with approximately 1.5 million wildebeest;  That's wildebeest are the main focus on the migration. The Wildebeest migration cycle have very amazing patterns; wildebeest have a particular movement pattern, picking out particular areas and periods for mating and giving birth to young once.

The patterns are fairly predictable depending on the annual weather and rainfall; although there is no scientific proof, the animals are said to be following the rains by listening to the lightning and thunderstorms from a distance in search of fresh nutritious grass and water.

Here is a rough pattern of an annual wildebeest migration.

  • December to January; the wildebeest arrive on the short-grass plains south of Serengeti, east of Seronera and on the north of Ngorongoro Conservation Area around Ndutu.
  • January to February; this is the calving season, herds remain on this area to give birth to their young once, most wildebeest give birth on this period before migrating to the west.
  • March to May; they start migrating to the west across the plains, then continue to the north.
  • June, the wildebeest congregate around Grumeti river on the Western Corridor before crossing the river.
  • July to August; the migration continues towards the north, often they spread out, some migrating through Grumeti Reserve and Ikorongo, others north through the heart of the Serengeti National Park.
  • September, the migration crosses to Masai Mara in Kenya, crossing the Mara river is the highlight of the migration, wildebeest congregate on one side of the river waiting for the best moment to cross while predators wait on the other side to make a kill.
  • October to November; the migration heads back to the south, through western Loliondo and the Serengeti National Park's Lobo area.

Again the whole Wildebeest migration cycle starts again.....

Major Migration highlights

One of the major highlights of the migration is crossing the Mara River; the mammals congregate on one side and try to cross the river alive, while the carnivores wait on the other side to hunt them down, once the large carnivores make a kill; the smaller carnivores and meat eating birds wait by the side to snatch off the kill. Its a fascinating moment and a great opportunity for photographers and people who appreciate nature and wildlife.

The other major highlight is the calving period between January and February on the open plains south of Serengeti; eight and a half months after rutting, over 400,000 wildebeest give birth to their young once. It's amazing to watch synchronized birthing of the young wildebeest in a short time span of two to three weeks and how quickly they adapt to the hostile wilderness.

Rutting period in May/June is the other major highlight of the migration; on the hilly woodlands west of Seronera, over half a million wildebeest consolidate and mate within a month, the mating is said to be influenced by the full moon in May/June.

Packages

Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour

Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour

Truck The Wildebeest in Mara

This a three days safari tour to watch the great Migration at Masai Mara, this tour is scheduled to take place between 15 July and 15th September, on this period the migration is usually along Mara River and on the open plains of Masai Mara national reserve. The

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$ 1,970

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Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Tour

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Tour

West Serengeti Migration Tour

This a three days safari tour to watch the great Migration in west Serengeti, this tour is scheduled to take place between 1st May and 30th June, on this period the migration is usually west of Serengeti and is also the wildebeest rutting period. The wildebeest migration is

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$ 1,679

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South Serengeti Migration Tour

South Serengeti  Migration Tour

South Serengeti Wildebeest Tour

This a three days safari tour to watch the great Migration at south Serengeti, this tour is scheduled to take place between 15th January to 31st March, on this period the migration is usually south of Serengeti and is also the wildebeest calving period. The wildebeest migration is

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$ 1,679

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The Great Migration Map

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Masai Mara National Park Serengeti National Reserve