What to expect and where to stay for a migration safari to the Serengeti in May

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May is a great time for action photography as the herds move quickly to the Serengeti’s western corridor.

In May, when the Serengeti's herds migrate fast to the western corridor, it's an ideal time for action photography.

  • Weather

In Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, April is a moderate fall month, with typical highs of 26°C (78.8°F) and lows of 16°C (60.8°F). May is the wettest month in the Serengeti. Roads can be dangerous and challenging to maneuver.

  • Migratory Movements

As the calves' legs become fully functioning in May, the herds take up the pace.

  • Encounters with predators

Crocodiles of the Grumeti genus

  • Accommodation options

Staying in the Moru region is recommended, however, Serengeti migration safari arrangements should be arranged as soon as feasible.

Our Recommended Migration Safaris

The herds are moving constantly, and therefore we recommend you look at one of these itineraries and decide what you would like to see and do on your trip. Then contact us so that we can customise it based on the migration seasonality

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

HerdTracker August to October 2021 Wildebeest Migration safari (Value-for-money)

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.

Tanzania June/July 2021 Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

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

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-day June/July Great Migration safari in Tanzania (Value-for-money)

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

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

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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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