The Great Wildebeest Migration

  • The Serengeti is the most famous park in Africa
  • The largest concentration of predators anywhere
  • Stomping ground of the two million strong Wildebeest Great Migration
  • Endless acacia-studded plains – classic ‘Out of Africa’ scenery
  • Home to the famous ‘Serengeti mobile camps’
When To Visit Tanzania:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Choosing your camp and understanding the herds’ movements is critical to making the most of a trip to experience the Great Migration. We give a summary of the herds’ movements and the best camps at different prices.

January – March

Location: southern Serengeti, Ndutu. These months see a huge build-up of predators in the southern Serengeti and Ndutu plains. This is probably the best time of year to see cheetah anywhere in Africa! February is calving season for the herds – approximately 500,000 wildebeest are born this month.

Camps: Nasikia Luxury Mobile ($), Olakira ($$), Alex Walker’s Serian ($$$)

April and May

Location: central Serengeti. The herds start moving north towards the centre of the park at this time of year. With all the newborn wildebeest, this is a time when the herd size is especially high. Central, southern Serengeti is the place to be as the herds amble northwards, getting ready for the big push towards Lobo and the far north.

Camps: Naona Moru ($), Dunia ($$), Serengeti Safari Camp ($$$), Singita Faru Faru ($$$$)

June

Location: central Serengeti, Serengeti western corridor. June often sees the herd split up into two large groups. Some start to move directly north, whereas the largest ‘mega’ herd sweeps round to the western corridor. This is a major migration month as the herds push north. It is also the time of year when the herds cross Grumeti River.

Camps: Naona Moru ($), Ubuntu ($$), Serengeti Safari Camp ($$$), Singita Faru Faru ($$$$)

July – early August

Location: Lobo, Kogatende (the north). This is a major migration month as the herds are in the middle of their major push north. The first herds start crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River – it is a fabulous time to be in this remote part of the park.

Camps: Nasikia Luxury Mobile ($), Ubuntu ($$), Alex Walker’s Serian ($$$), Singita Faru Faru ($$$$)

Mid-August – October

Location: Kogatende (the north). This is a superb time of year for the river crossings of the Mara, which continue almost daily throughout this period. It is a quiet region with a few camps, making for an exclusive game-viewing area that is arguably the best in the whole park.

Camps: Nasikia Luxury Mobile ($), Olakira ($$), Alex Walker’s Serian and Serengeti Lamai ($$$)

November and December

Location: central Serengeti, Loliondo, south central Serengeti. This is a fairly difficult time to predict the movement of the herds as they push south. Some move east to Loliondo, others move through the heart of the park.

Camps: Naona Moru ($), Dunia ($$), Serengeti Safari Camp ($$$) or Pioneer ($$$)

 

Please contact us for the most up-to-date information about special offers and the current location of the herds.