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The Greatest Show on Earth: Africa's Wild Migration Explained

From the Serengeti in Tanzania, to the Masai Mara in Kenya, the Great Wildebeest Migration attracts thousands of nature enthusiasts, filmmakers and photographers who come from around the world to witness one of Africa's most dazzling cycles of life.

What is the Great Migration?

Each year, almost two million wildebeest and 20 000 plains game migrate from Tanzania's Serengeti to the south of Kenya's Masai Mara in search of lush grazing grounds and life-giving water. This treacherous odessey is dictated by the seasons and where the rains are, the wildebeest are not far behind. This epic journey from north to south spans almost 3000 kilometres and is virtually endless.

This great spectacle of nature is an iconic safari option for avid travellers, nature lovers and those who want a little more from their African experience. 

Rather than having a start or end point, the Great Migration moves rhythmically in a clockwise direction, making herd tracking unpredicatable. It is for this reason that our Herdtracker app was created; to help you track the wildebeests' movements and plan the safari of a lifetime. Choose from our existing safari packages or tailor-make your own journey according to your budget. 

Below, you'll find some useful resources that detail when to go, where to stay and what to expect along this unforgettable journey. Our experienced safari experts as well as affiliate camps and guides on the ground all work together to provide you with up-to-date information on where the herds are, as well as the predators that stalk them. 

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Planning a trip to see the wildebeest migration, but not sure when or where to go?

Find out where the herd will be, and what to expect each month of the year, using our migration map with monthly predictions.

Our experts predict how the wildebeest migration will move based on previous years migratory patterns and real time updates received from pilots, rangers and safari guides in the Serengeti.

View migration map and monthly prediction

Wildebeest jumping into the Mara River

What to expect and where to stay each month of the year

Many people think that the great wildebeest migration only happens once a year, but the migration is in fact an all-year-round event -- with each time of year offering a unique widlife experience.

Select a month below to find out what each month offers in terms of weather, wildlife, migratory movements, predator interactions, river crossings and where the best place to stay is, to get the most out of your trip to see the great wildebeest migration.

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Get HerdTracker updates on Twitter

Every great wildebeest migration update is tweeted by @HerdTracker.

The twitter account is run by Conrad, the world's first tweeting wildebeest (Conrad's name is taken from the latin name for his species -- Connochaetes).

Apart from tweeting real-time updates of the herd's movements across the Serengeti (on behalf of the HerdTracker team) Conrad also tells what it's like to be a young, curious and braver-than-the-rest wildebeest making his way across the plains of the Serengeti on the annual great wildebeest migration.

@HerdTracker on Twitter

Migration Journeys

Wildebeest Migration

The Migration River Crossings July to September

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival

$ 11,315

£ 8,902

R 164,778

9,997

per person

10 days
Game viewing

The Migration - calving season January to March

This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorogoro Crater

$ 7,985

£ 6,282

R 116,284

7,055

per person

11 days
Stopping for drinks

Wet season Tanzania - best value migration safari

From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration 

$ 6,525

£ 5,133

R 95,022

5,765

per person

8 days
10-day HerdTracker August great migration safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

10-day HerdTracker August great migration safari

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Tanzania

$ 7,165

£ 5,637

R 104,343

6,330

per person

10 days
10-day HerdTracker July great migration safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

10-day HerdTracker July great migration safari

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Serengeti National Park

$ 7,165

£ 5,637

R 104,343

6,330

per person

10 days
7-day Mara and Serengeti Combo - Migration Wildlife Safaris

7-day Mara and Serengeti Combo

Combine two prime destinations in one week of wonder

$ 5,550

£ 4,366

R 80,824

4,903

per person

7 days
9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari with HerdTracker - Migration Wildlife Safaris

9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari with HerdTracker

This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe.

$ 9,855

£ 7,753

R 143,517

8,707

per person

9 days
9-day HerdTracker June/July great migration safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

9-day HerdTracker June/July great migration safari

If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.

$ 10,340

£ 8,135

R 150,580

9,135

per person

9 days
Affordable Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Affordable Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari

We're offering our guests the chance to explore two world-famous destinations in under a week

$ 3,620

£ 2,848

R 52,717

3,198

per person

6 days
Grumeti wildebeest migration safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Grumeti wildebeest migration safari

Join HerdTracker on a wildebeest migration safari in the Serengeti National Park's Grumeti region

$ 6,195

£ 4,874

R 90,217

5,473

per person

10 days
HerdTracker February Calving Season in Tanzania - Migration Wildlife Safaris

HerdTracker February Calving Season in Tanzania

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region

$ 9,960

£ 7,836

R 145,046

8,800

per person

9 days
HerdTracker July/October Great Wildebeest Migration safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

HerdTracker July/October Great Wildebeest Migration safari

The movement takes place in Tanzania, which covers Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha and Tarangire National Park

$ 7,495

£ 5,896

R 109,148

6,622

per person

9 days
HerdTracker June/July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania - Migration Wildlife Safaris

HerdTracker June/July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania

HerdTracker invites you to join them on a migration safari in Tanzania's Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

$ 7,240

£ 5,696

R 105,435

6,397

per person

9 days
Guests going on a Bush Walk

HerdTracker Kicheche Camps safari

The best of Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies with Kicheche

$ 4,145

£ 3,261

R 60,363

3,662

per person

7 days
Enjoying a sundowner whilst watching the wildebeest migration.

HerdTracker Masai Mara wildebeest migration safari

Witness the wildebeest migration in Kenya's iconic Masai Mara National Reserve with HerdTracker

$ 4,510

£ 3,548

R 65,678

3,985

per person

7 days
The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

HerdTracker Serengeti wildebeest migration safari

Experience the wildebeest migration in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park with HerdTracker

$ 5,640

£ 4,437

R 82,134

4,983

per person

7 days
Playful lions

Masai Mara wildlife discovery

The Masai Mara is the world's most prolific game viewing area for big cats and the Great Migration

$ 6,617

£ 5,206

R 96,362

5,846

per person

10 days
Masai Mara safari adventure - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Masai Mara safari adventure

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown - the wildlife rich Masai Mara National Reserve

$ 3,170

£ 2,494

R 46,164

2,801

per person

7 days
Close up view of Wildebeest

Tanzania - medium budget, maximum game viewing

Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti for a four-in-one safari you'll remember forever

$ 6,980

£ 5,491

R 101,648

6,167

per person

11 days
Migration River crossings fly-in special Governor’s Camps - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Migration River crossings fly-in special Governor's Camps

Enjoy the migration and river crossings at Governor's Camp and choose your level of comfort

$ 2,390

£ 1,880

R 34,805

2,112

per person

4 days
Migration River crossings fly-in special Lemala Kuria Hills - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Migration River crossings fly-in special Lemala Kuria Hills

Fly into the northern Serengeti to view the migration on the banks of the Mara River

$ 2,870

£ 2,258

R 41,795

2,536

per person

4 days
Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle on one of the grandest stages of them all

Price on Request

per person

8 days
Tanzania Affordable Calving Season with HerdTracker - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania Affordable Calving Season with HerdTracker

Few things compare to watching a wildebeest calf take off soon after birth.

$ 6,185

£ 4,866

R 90,071

5,464

per person

9 days
Tanzania honeymoon safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania honeymoon safari

Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar

Price on Request

per person

13 days
Tanzania July/October Great Migration safari with HerdTracker - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania July/October Great Migration safari with HerdTracker

The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!

$ 6,080

£ 4,783

R 88,542

5,372

per person

9 days
Tanzania June/July Great Migration safari with HerdTracker - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania June/July Great Migration safari with HerdTracker

Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer

$ 5,720

£ 4,500

R 83,299

5,054

per person

9 days
Tanzania migration safari with HerdTracker - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania migration safari with HerdTracker

Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.

$ 8,150

£ 6,412

R 118,687

7,200

per person

9 days
Tanzania safari adventure - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania safari adventure - Itinerary

With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

$ 2,350

£ 1,849

R 34,223

2,076

per person

7 days
Horse Riding to Picnic

Tanzania Classic SkySafari

The ultimate African adventure

$ 7,330

£ 5,767

R 106,745

6,476

per person

8 days
Tanzania wildebeest migration safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania wildebeest migration safari

This tour is designed to allow maximum exposure to the Great Wildebeest Migration

$ 6,860

£ 5,397

R 99,901

6,061

per person

11 days
Tanzania wildlife and cultural safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania wildlife and cultural safari

This epic safari takes you to the famous Serengeti regions for 13 days of pure wildlife and landscape pleasure

$ 6,025

£ 4,740

R 87,741

5,323

per person

13 days
The Serengeti on Foot (EA 9 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

The Serengeti on foot

There's no better way to get close to nature and feel alive than on foot, and no better place to walk than the remarkable Serengeti

$ 5,230

£ 4,114

R 76,164

4,621

per person

10 days
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