Guide to the Wildebeest Migration

The wildebeest migration in Tanzania is awesomely spectacular. Over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles migrate in a circle around the Serengeti each year. They give birth to thousands of young, they cross rivers full of crocodiles and pass through big lion country on their epic thousand mile journey. We can arrange a Tanzania safari to get you close to the migration wherever it is at any time of year. This guide explains how.

January to March

The migration masses on the short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti. 600,000 calves are born in a few weeks around February.

April to June

The southern grasslands are exhausted and seasonal rains draw the migration north west. They head for the forests and crocodile infested rivers of Grumeti. 300,000 zebra lead the way, followed by the gazelles and never ending lines of wildebeest.

July to October

The great herds continue north east, some crossing more rivers into the Masai Mara in Kenya. Others are visible from camps in the northern Serengeti.

November and December

The migration feels to call to return south to its starting point. Females are heavily pregnant as they cross vast undulating grasslands near Ngorongoro.

Call us to design your perfect itinerary to witness the Great Migration. We can combine it with Ngorongoro Crater, the rift valley lakes, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

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