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The Annual wildebImageeest migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet.  Sometimes referred to as the ‘Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth’, The Great Wildebeest Migration is a movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest throughout the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems.  400,000 zebra and 200,000 gazelles accompany them along the way, making a total of over 2 million migrating animals!

A general guide to the Wildebeest migration based on the movement of the mega herd over the last ten years. 

From early December the Migration starts to move into the Ndutu region of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  The short grass plains here are rich in nutritious grasses with phosphorus, providing the herds with the best conditions to raise their newborn. Mid February is calving season when approximately 8,000 wildebeest are born every day for a period of approximately 3 weeks.  The area around Lake Ndutu itself is the place to be at this time of year.  The best accommodations are Ndutu wild camp, and Ngongoro Wild Camp ‘The Luxury camp’, Highview Hotel run by Zara Tours (The Tanzania Wild Camp) Zara Properties,

From April to May, the herds migrate North with a split occurring when some wildebeest head directly up across the plains of the central Serengeti and the mega herd starts to push out to the Serengeti’s Western Corridor.  This is the best time to stay at Serengeti wild camp, and the larger central Serengeti hotels, such as the Serena and Sopa Lodge.

The central splinter herds then continue north to the Mara with the very first herds crossing the Mara River in late June, early July.  The mega herd in the intervening time, is concentrated by the Grumeti River at the end of May/beginning of June and it is here we suggest people stay.  At Serengeti Wild Camp the permanent and Wildebeest Camp run the only mobile operations at this time of year but some of the Serengeti’s luxury lodges are found in the area, specifically Serengeti Serena Lodge, Serengeti sopa Lodge, and 4 Season lodge are also good options for anyone travelling in June.  It is worth pointing out here that even though the Migration does cross the Grumeti River in this area, the river crossings are not the famous ones documented by film makers and wildlife documentarists.  The Grumeti runs very shallow so the herds hardly get their feet wet!  The Mara River is where the impressive crossings happen.

As early as the 1st July the very first crossings of the Mara River begin, with the front runners of the mega herd pushing through.  These river crossings are fantastic.  For the beginning of the month we still recommend staying in the Western Corridor but there is much to be said for splitting your time between the West and the northern Mara river area in the North.  Towards the end of July, Serengeti Wildebeest camp and Ikoma wild camp is the place to be.

River crossings at Kogatende start to occur every day in August as the mega herd settles into the area.  For August, September and October, game viewing up here is superb with river crossings pretty much guaranteed every day.  There is no distinct movement as the herds tend to cross back and forth over the river, following the rains and subsequent fresh grasses.  It is not uncommon to see different herds crossing in different directions on the same day! Our Serengeti wildebeest Camp are located in here.

November sees the herds pushing South again with Mid November being a great time to be in the central Seronera area of the park.  Serengeti Wild Camp can have good herds at the beginning of the month but again Ndutu Wild camp are the only mobile options that can guarantee great locations amongst the herds.  Having said that, the Serengeti’s large hotels also have good locations and Serena can be good for travel from the 15th November onwards if the rains come early.  In summary though, November and early December are the hardest months to predict due to the intermittent showers (or lack of) that occur across the park.  The best answer is to go mobile!!




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