The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration is one of nature’s most amazing sights to behold. The Seregenti Wildebeest Migration is made up of vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and smaller herds of gazelle, eland and impala. The route which they follow each year is fairly predictable, however it does change a little every year due to various factors, such as rainfall, terrain changes and other factors.
Please note that the map provided indicates the general migration times as an approximation – animals move upon instinct based on the rainfall and is migration times cannot be guaranteed.
During late December, the animals arrive within the Serengeti Plains all the way to the Northern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This area, recently blessed by rainfall, is covered with grass filled with nutrients and sustains the animals while they are calving. Calves start appearing by February and the animals generally start moving on by the end of March or the beginning of April, where they start moving north.
In May, the large columns of moving herds marching north in search of better food and water are well established, providing amazing views of hundreds of thousands of animals all moving together just west of Seronera.
Usually around June, the migration halts upon the southern banks of the Grumeti River. Here the wildebeest form large herds within this beautiful part of the Western Corridor, mustering the courage to cross the crocodile infested Grumeti River. Upon crossing, the crocodiles gorge on the abundance of prey, with many of them only having this one chance to feed within the year. Due to the river not being as large and deep as the Mara river, this crossing is not as dramatic, but still offers tourists an amazing view of one of the most dramatic events in the animal world.
Once across the river, usually during the months of July and August, the migration spreads again, covering vast areas from the Grumeti Reserves to the heart of the Serengeti Park.
In September it is one of the most popular parts of the migration for tourists, when the herds reach the Mara River. Crossing the river several times, back and forth, great scenes of huge herds trying to cross in the confusion caused by so many animals which is exasperated by the many crocodiles trying to catch as many prey animals as they can. This drama has been captured time and time again on many a documentary and is one of the most dramatic scenes within the animal world.
Usually by October, the migration heads back south through the Serengeti Park’s Lobo area, heading back to the Serengeti Plains where the rains are about to start falling and their breeding and migration cycles will start once again.
The Serengeti Park plays host to this migration for the majority of the year and it is one of the largest tourist attractions because of this. Planning your trip around this migration can result in amazing sightings, wildlife drama and a true love for the African bush. For information on accommodation within this amazing area, have a look at our accommodation page.