The Greatest Show on Earth:
Africa's Wildebeest Migration

The Greatest Show on Earth: Africa's Wild Migration

What is the Great Migration?

Every year, about two million wildebeest and 20,000 plains game travel from Tanzania's Serengeti to Kenya's Masai Mara in search of abundant grazing pastures and life-giving water. The seasons dictate this deadly Great Wildebeest Migration voyage, and when the rains come, the wildebeest follow.

This historic Great Migration Africa route begins in the north and ends in the south, stretching about 3000 kilometres and seeming to go on forever.

The Wildebeest Migration is a breathtaking natural phenomenon and a must-see safari for adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts, and those seeking a little more from their African vacation.

Because the Great Wildebeest Migration has no beginning or end point and moves in a clockwise route, herdtracking is difficult to forecast. Discover Africa Safaris, on the other hand, invented a great application called "Herdtracker" to assist customers to track the progress of the wildebeest migration and plan a once-in-a-lifetime safari.

Five Facts about the Great Migration

1. The Serengeti National Park has the world's oldest ecosystem. It is home to a diverse range of plants and creatures that can be found nowhere else on the earth.

2. In the Mara River, crocodiles waiting for the herds, drown their prey by seizing them in their powerful teeth and pushing them below the water, twisting them to break them into bite-sized pieces. A crocodile may lunge more than half of its body length out of the water and use its tail as a secondary weapon to grasp a potential victim.

3. During the Great Wildebeest Migration Africa, around 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and several other animals travel through the country.

4. Zebra and wildebeest will cohabit together since they eat different parts of the same species of vegetation.

5. The Serengeti environment is home to around 3,000 lions who follow the migratory herds across the reserve.

Where the Great Wildebeest Migration occurs

Many people think the Great Migration happens only once a year, however it happens all year, with each season offering a unique wildlife experience. While the Wildebeest migration Africa takes place in a clockwise loop between Tanzania and Kenya, the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Loliondo Game Managed Area, and Grumeti Reserve is the main destinations. 

The Masai Mara Game Reserve, which borders the Serengeti National Park to the north, is part of the Kenyan movement. Each month has its own set of advantages in terms of weather, wildlife, migratory movements, predator encounters, river crossings, and where to stay to make the most of your tour to see the Great Wildebeest Migration. This information can be found by having a look at the Great Wildebeest Migration Map.

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.

Our Recommended Migration Safaris

Asilia Africa

Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings (10 days)

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River

$ 11,990

£ 8,714

R 177,242

10,184

per person

10 days
Game viewing

Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

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

$ 9,865

£ 7,169

R 145,829

8,379

per person

11 days
Lion cubs

Affordable Green Season Safari in Tanzania (8 days)

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 

$ 7,240

£ 5,262

R 107,025

6,149

per person

8 days
August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

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

$ 7,165

£ 5,207

R 105,916

6,086

per person

10 days
July Wildebeest Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

July Wildbeest Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

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

$ 7,165

£ 5,207

R 105,916

6,086

per person

10 days
Mara and Serengeti Combo Safari (7 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Mara and Serengeti Combo Safari (7 days)

Combine two prime destinations in one week of wonder

$ 5,750

£ 4,179

R 84,999

4,884

per person

7 days
World Cup of Wildlife Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

World Cup of Wildlife Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

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.

$ 6,625

£ 4,815

R 97,934

5,627

per person

9 days
June to July Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzania with Herdtracker (9 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

June to July Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzania with Herdtracker (9 days)

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

$ 11,370

£ 8,263

R 168,077

9,657

per person

9 days
Affordable Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari (6 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Affordable Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari (6 days)

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

$ 4,725

£ 3,434

R 69,847

4,013

per person

6 days
Epic Grumeti River Crossing Migration Safari (10 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Epic Grumeti River Crossing Migration Safari (10 days)

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

$ 7,410

£ 5,385

R 109,538

6,294

per person

10 days
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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

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