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The Great wildbeast Migration

Experience the Great Migration in Africa

For die-hard safari enthusiasts, viewing the Great Migration in Africa is a must-do experience. Millions of wildebeest, followed by gazelle and zebra, are moving across the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It is undoubtedly Mother Nature’s finest wildlife display.

Hunger-stricken carnivores inevitably follow suit, which provides for thrilling wildlife sightings! As there is only one direction to go—forward—it is always survival of the fittest.

Knowing when to be where is crucial because the animals are continuously moving, making this adventure a little trickier to follow than a typical safari. Everyone should take an African safari that includes the Great Migration at least once in their lifetime. Here is what to anticipate.

The Great Migration, also known as the wildebeest migration in East Africa, is an iconic natural phenomenon. 1.5 to 2 million animals, including wildebeest, zebra, and various other species, travel in search of greener pastures. Although it doesn’t have a specific route, it generally follows the same pattern each year. This famous event is considered the largest overland movement in the world and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Enthusiastic safari aficionados follow the herds as they cover over 800 kilometers, facing new threats and predators every month and in every place. It’s a remarkable survival game that attracts many visitors to an African safari that includes the Great Migration.

  • The Great Migration in Serengeti follows a circular route that spans Tanzania and Kenya.
  • The journey begins in the southern Serengeti plains of Tanzania around January and February.
  • As the dry season progresses, the herds start moving northwest towards the Western Corridor.
  • By June, the migration reaches the Grumeti River where dramatic river crossings take place.
  • From July to August, the herds continue northward, entering Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve.
  • In September, they start their return journey, crossing the Mara River back into Tanzania.
  • From October to December, the migration spreads across the eastern Serengeti, culminating in the calving season in the southern plains.
Serengeti great Migration