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The Best Times and Places for a Luxury Migration Safari

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Matthys van Aswegen

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Author: Matthys van Aswegen - 11 January 2024

Last Update: 15 May 2024

Embarking on a luxury migration safari in the stunning African wilderness is a thrilling experience for travel enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. While safaris are some of the best experiences you could ask for, a migration safari takes this experience to the next level, and witnessing the great migration is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

The annual Great Migration of wildebeest.
The annual Great Migration of wildebeest.

However, to have one of these experiences, you must know when and where to go. This article will help you determine the best time for safari migration tours so you can witness nature’s grandest shows in all their glory.

What is the Great Migration?

The Great Migration is a constantly moving adventure of various animals migrating throughout Kenya and Tanzania. During this period, an estimated 1.4 million wildebeest and thousands upon thousands of gazelles and zebras migrate throughout the African wilderness.

The Great Migration is one of the best options for luxury wildlife tours. It exposes you to many animals you won’t find anywhere else. While the Great Migration always occurs, you can expect different journeys during different seasons.

Migration from December to April

The first phase of this migration safari experience occurs between December and April. During this period, you’ll find wildebeest concentrated in the southern Serengeti, where predators have less cover than they do during other seasons.

During the early stage of this phase, wildebeest birth their young before trekking across the grassy plains of the Central and Southern Serengeti – a sight that’s too spectacular to put into words.

Migration from May to June

The Great Migration continues in May and June when the rainy season begins to calm down, and the wildebeest continues moving north toward the Grumeti Reserve and Western Corridor.


Migration from July to September

Peak Serengeti migration seasons occur between July and September, where you’ll see an awe-inspiring array of wildlife continuing their migration. During July and August, wildebeest move into Masai Mara in Kenya.

On a luxury migration safari, you’ll witness the breathtaking river crossing across the Mara River – one of the most sought-after sights in any African migration safari.

Migration from October to November

The final stage of the circular Great Migration occurs during October and November when the remainder of the wildebeest herds cross the river while most animals return to the Lobo Valley toward the Central Serengeti.

During this period, you’ll find extraordinary wildlife across Masai Mara and northern Tanzania as animals return.

Preparing for Your Luxury Migration Safari

Planning for a migration safari is crucial to enjoying your experience. Here are a few tips to plan accordingly:

  • Bring a reliable camera – you’ll want to capture pictures on your stunning adventure.
  • Bring protective gear like sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats, and pack light, neutral-colored clothing.
  • Before planning your trip, check for any vaccinations and medications required for your destination.
  • Consider the times and seasons mentioned in this article and decide which is most exciting to your tastes.
  • Find the best accommodations to enjoy every part of your trip.

If you’re interested in a luxury migration safari. Contact Discover Africa today to start planning your safari.

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