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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.

Weather and wildlife

May is the wettest month in the Serengeti. Roads can be slippery and tricky to navigate. 

The herds gather speed in May as the calves’ legs should have become fully operational by now. They also feed less frequently, so bigger distances can be covered each day.

Where to stay in May

The migratory herds should be on the move towards Lake Magadi just north of Moru and south of Mokoma.

The mobile camps do not operate in May, due to the difficult and wet road conditions. May therefore offers limited accommodation options at Moru and the central Serengeti permanent lodges.

We still recommend the Moru area for your accommodation, but early bookings are recommended to secure a place for your Serengeti migration safari.

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

Epic Grumeti River Crossing Migration Safari (10 days)

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

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

Tanzania Great Migration June/July 2019 safari (Luxury)

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

9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari (Luxury)

These mass ungulate herds cross plains and rivers as the season's change and rain-ripened grass are depleted in their area, forcing them to move on to the next.

Wildebeest Migration, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar Journey (12 days)

This blockbuster Tanzania safari will show you the best of the country's outstanding wildlife and the beach paradise of Zanzibar

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.

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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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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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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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