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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. 

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

£ 9,573

R 167,115

10,668

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

£ 7,876

R 137,497

8,778

per person

11 days
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 

$ 7,120

£ 5,684

R 99,238

6,335

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

£ 5,720

R 99,865

6,375

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

£ 5,720

R 99,865

6,375

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

£ 4,591

R 80,143

5,116

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

£ 5,289

R 92,338

5,895

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

£ 9,078

R 158,473

10,117

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

$ 4,260

£ 3,401

R 59,375

3,790

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

$ 7,210

£ 5,756

R 100,492

6,415

per person

10 days
HerdTracker’s February Wildebeest Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

HerdTracker's February Wildebeest Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

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

$ 10,960

£ 8,750

R 152,759

9,752

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

$ 8,240

£ 6,579

R 114,848

7,332

per person

9 days
June to July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania with HerdTracker (9 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

June to July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania with HerdTracker (9 days)

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

$ 7,960

£ 6,355

R 110,945

7,083

per person

9 days
Guests going on a Bush Walk

HerdTracker and Kicheche Camps Safari (7 days)

The best of Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies with Kicheche

$ 4,760

£ 3,800

R 66,344

4,235

per person

7 days
Enjoying a sundowner whilst watching the wildebeest migration.

HerdTracker Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Journey (7 days)

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

$ 4,510

£ 3,601

R 62,860

4,013

per person

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

HerdTracker Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Adventure (7 days)

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

$ 4,800

£ 3,832

R 66,902

4,271

per person

7 days
Masai Mara Safari Adventure (6 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Masai Mara Safari Adventure (6 days)

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

$ 2,600

£ 2,076

R 36,238

2,313

per person

6 days
Close up view of Wildebeest

Medium Budget, Maximum Game Viewing in Tanzania’s North (11 days)

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

$ 6,980

£ 5,573

R 97,286

6,211

per person

11 days
Migration River Crossings Safari with Governors’ Camps (4 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Migration River Crossings Safari with Governors' Camps (4 days)

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

$ 1,560

£ 1,245

R 21,743

1,388

per person

4 days
Wildebeest Migration River Crossings with Lemala Kuria Hills (4 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Wildebeest Migration River Crossings with Lemala Kuria Hills (4 days)

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

$ 3,080

£ 2,459

R 42,929

2,741

per person

4 days
Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania (8 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania (8 days)

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle in two countries

Price on Request

per person

8 days
Tanzania couples safari - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania couples safari

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

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per person

13 days
Tanzania July to October Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania July to October Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

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!

$ 6,680

£ 5,333

R 93,105

5,944

per person

9 days
Tanzania June/July Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania June/July Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

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

$ 6,290

£ 5,022

R 87,669

5,597

per person

9 days
April Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

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

$ 6,600

£ 5,269

R 91,990

5,873

per person

9 days
Magical Tanzania Safari Adventure (7 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Magical Tanzania Safari Adventure (7 days)

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$ 2,350

£ 1,876

R 32,754

2,091

per person

7 days
Horse Riding to Picnic

Tanzania Classic SkySafari (8 days)

The ultimate African adventure

$ 6,660

£ 5,317

R 92,826

5,926

per person

8 days
Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzania (11 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzania (11 days)

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

$ 6,395

£ 5,106

R 89,133

5,690

per person

11 days
Wildlife Wonders in Tanzania (13 days) - Migration Wildlife Safaris

Wildlife Wonders in Tanzania (13 days)

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

Price on Request

per person

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

The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)

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

£ 4,176

R 72,895

4,654

per person

10 days
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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