The Great Migration

The Great Migration is considered one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth. More than two million wildebeest and zebra migrate year-round in the Masai Mara / Serengeti ecosystem, driven by water and grazing.

Highlights

  • Kenya / Tanzania
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Serengeti National Park

The Great Migration

The Great Migration
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The Great Migration

Where & When?

Massive herds of wildebeest and zebras migrate between the Masai Mara and Serengeti, constantly driven by their search for fresh grazing. Predators follow the herds, making the most of every opportunity to catch their next meal. Timing of the annual migration depends on the rains; it is unpredictable and spontaneous. The best time to see the migration is generally between mid-June to the end of September, and the best place to be is in the Masai Mara. There are 15 different river crossings in the Masai Mara; some with names like Smelly Crossing, Rekero Crossing, Football Crossing, Helicopter Crossing, and Double Crossing. You need to be patient, in the right location at the right time of day, and with the right Guide. To increase your odds, consider staying at 2 different locations/camps.

January – March

(Summer) central Serengeti. The wildebeest are calving, not moving as much.

April – May

(Long rains) you could be stuck in the mud. Wildebeest move slowly towards the Western Serengeti.

June

Consider both the Serengeti & Masai Mara – you’ll see them one place or the other!

July – September

(Winter) Masai Mara is spectacular, they are on the run, crossing the Mara River.

October

(Like June) consider both the Serengeti & Masai Mara.

November – December

(Short rains) they congregate and gradually move back towards the Serengeti.

The Great Migration

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