What to expect and where to stay for a January Serengeti migration safari

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The month of January is notoriously difficult to anticipate. There is a lot of migration from north to south as the herds wait for the first Serengeti rains.

  • Weather

    A hot and humid summer month with average temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 28°C (82.4°F).
     
  • Wildebeest Migration Movement

    Between Lobo and Naabi Hill, wildebeest herds converge on the Serengeti's eastern edge in January. The herds are on the move in search of good grasses for their young.
     
  • Predatory encounters

    Because it is calving season, big cats visit in January.
     
  • Accommodation options

    Depending on the conditions, it is recommended that you stay in the city centre and only travel north or south from there.

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The Migration in January

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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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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.

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Find out where the wildebeest migration is right now with HerdTracker

HerdTracker is a real time Google map showing weekly updates of the wildebeest migration's precise location.

The updates are accurate, sourced weekly from pilots who fly over the Serengeti, safari guides on the ground, Tanzania National Parks Authority rangers and lodges in the Masai Mara in Kenya.

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