Africa's Great Wildebeest Migration - everything you need to know | Discover Africa Safaris

The Greatest Show on Earth:
Africa's Wildebeest Migration

The Greatest Show on Earth: Africa's Wild Migration

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. 

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 in an epic struggle for survival

$ 11,990

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per person

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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

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Stopping for drinks

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 

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per person

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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per person

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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

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wildebeest migration map animated

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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