If you have ever dreamed of experiencing nature’s most phenomenal show, now might be a good time to start planning your trip to see the Great Migration in East Africa.
Rather than thinking of this as a one-off annual event, the Great Migration takes place over the course of the year, with highlights taking place in a few key months. This incredible nature show sees some two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle travel North through the Serengeti, upwards into the Maasai Mara. But it isn’t just one river crossing or a singular moment you’re planning around. The migration is a spectacle worth seeing at any point during the year!
So, what do you need to know before planning your trip? We’ve got just the guide for you!
Our Guide to the Great Migration
Each year two million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle make their way forward with two things in mind: water and fresh grazing land. These animals move between Tanzania and Kenya throughout the year, however, the popular and highly sought-after safari experiences are characterized by dramatic river crossings and spectacular-sized wildlife displays. As is often the case in the bush, not everything goes according to plan! These animals and their young become prey to predators such as lions, cheetahs, and crocodiles lurking in the shadows. If you thought the big herds were the only reason to follow the migration, you thought wrong! Many young animals draw the attention of predators, so you have one incredible nature show and the circle of life for your viewing.
When and where can you experience the Great Migration?
Although timing and location change every year based on rainfall, there is a general timeframe and path these animals take annually, so we can pinpoint when and where you can experience the excitement for yourself.
December – March
During this time, the herds are most likely to be found in the Serengeti in Southern Tanzania. This is also the calving season, when some half a million wildebeest are born within a two to three week period. You read that correctly! Due to the short grass at this time of year, the animals tend to stay within this area for some time. This way they are less likely to fall prey to predators, as the taller grasses can help predators hide.
April – May
These months mark the season of long rains. The animals begin to venture north as their food sources dry up, following the Grumeti River west in search of food.
June – July
During these months, the herds are grazing as they venture through the western corridor of the Serengeti – continuing toward the Maasai Mara. By the time July rolls around, the herds can be found closer to the border with Kenya, venturing toward the Maasai Mara.
August – September
This is a remarkable time to see the show really come to life. The herds are mostly arriving in the Maasai Mara by August, causing many traffic jams as animals cross rivers infested with crocodiles ready to strike. By the time October comes around, the herds leave the Mara and turn south.
Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime?
So, with all of the excitement waiting for you in Africa, are you ready to plan your trip? Get in touch with our team of safari experts to start planning your adventure to East Africa. We’ll make sure this is the trip of a lifetime to view the best nature show on earth.