Every year, millions of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope migrate across the mighty plains of East Africa in search of better grazing. Nature’s oldest pilgrimage; known as the Annual Great Migration, all plays out on the endless plains of the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve.
The 8th Wonder of the World
The Great Migration has been listed as one of the 8 Natural Wonders of the World. Not only does it offer incredible views of the plains dotted with huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle, but the rivers are often infested with large Nile crocodiles lying in wait.
The Annual Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya is one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world. This annual movement of massive herds of wildebeest continues year-round.
To witness this phenomenal spectacle is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should top the bucket-list of every safari enthusiast. Planning a trip around the spectacle can be daunting because of the mobile nature of the migration.
Tourists who want to witness The Annual Great Migration need to be in the right place at the right time – Life Nature Safaris takes care of this.
When is the Annual Great Migration?
The exact timing and route of the migration changes from year to year and is entirely dependent on the rains.
In January and February, the annual rains hit the Serengeti allowing the female wildebeest to give birth. By March or April, the area has dried out and become desolate again so the massive grouping of animals are forced to move northwards towards Lake Victoria where they begin the mating season. After this, they head towards the Maasai Mara in June or July and this is where most people witness the sight of thousands of animals galloping across the plains and crossing the notoriously, crocodile-infested Mara River.
River crossings are best seen between July and September. Moreover, the animals cross back and forth between the two areas during this time. In September, the animals cross back into the Serengeti. After September, there is still a tail end of the migration which lags behind the main herds. If you are late, you can still hope to catch the last of them. The animals then go back to the Serengeti plains from where they started at the beginning of the year.
In Tanzania, the best time to witness the migration is divided between two different periods. In the Southern Serengeti it is in February and March. The animals are grazing and can be seen in their immense numbers. It is also a good time to see the animals dropping their young. In contrast, river crossings are best seen between July and September in the northern Serengeti.
Watch in breathless wonder as the amassed herds plunge into the swirling waters of the Mara or Grumeti Rivers.
Recommended Migration Safaris
- Ultimate Great Migration Safari
- Masai Mara Photographic Safari
- Happy Family Safari