When is the best time to see the great migration?


Many people think that the Great Migration happens only once a year, but it occurs every year, with each season offering a unique wildlife experience.

Although the migrations take place in a clockwise loop between Tanzania and Kenya, the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Loliondo Game Managed Area, and Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania account for the majority of the movement. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which is bordered to the north by the Serengeti National Park, is part of the movement in Kenya.

Moreover, now that you know when and how the Great Migration happens, it's clear that the right time to visit is completely dependent on the activities you're most interested in seeing.

Ideal times to see the Great Migration

Key tips to remember

1.The animals are dispersed over a wide field, with forerunners and stragglers present at all times.

2. The Serengeti receives the majority of the Migration.

3. It is a year-round, circular journey.

4. Spending the whole day at a location where the wildebeest have gathered could be your best hope of seeing a river crossing. If you're a keen photographer, the best moments might be about noon, when the sun and glare are at their harshest, so plan accordingly.

5. River crossings cannot be predicted, but generally occur between May and August.

Overall, most people agree that the best time to see the wildebeest migration is in August as the herds cross the Nile crocodile-infested Mara River, crossing an international border between Kenya and Tanzania.


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