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The Seasonality of the Great Migration and Why Are Sightings Sparse in Certain Months?

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Great Migration sightings can vary greatly throughout the year due to several reasons:

Rainfall Variability: The migration follows a roughly circular route, timed with the seasonal rains.

Dry Season: June to October

During the dry season, typically June to October in the Serengeti, water becomes scarce, and the herds move towards more reliable water sources, often resulting in more predictable and concentrated sightings.

Wet Seasons: March to May

During the wet seasons, particularly the’ long rains’ from March to May, the animals disperse widely across the plains, as water and grazing are plentiful everywhere, making sightings less frequent and predictable.

Large Area of Movement: The migration covers vast areas, spanning some 30,000 square kilometers between Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The sheer size of this area means that the wildlife can be spread out and harder to locate at certain times of the year.

Predator Activity: Predator presence, especially of lions, cheetahs, and hyenas, can influence the routes taken by the herds. Intense predator activity in particular areas might lead the herds to alter their paths, affecting where and when they are seen.

The migration is dynamic, and while some months offer high-density viewing opportunities, others present a challenge in locating the dispersed herds.

HerdTracker’s new predictor map uses 10 years of migration data to help travelers accurately plan their great migration safari. It provides a 12-month view of where the herd could potentially be spotted.


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