What to expect and where to stay for a October Masai Mara migration safari

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October is a good time to see the wildebeest herds move back into the Serengeti.

  • Weather

October is a hot spring month in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 28°C (82.4°F). October will be milder as the dry season draws to a close. Early thunder is also possible in the Masai Mara and Serengeti.

  • Wildebeest Migration

The wildebeest herds are currently in the Masai Mara but will begin to migrate back into the Serengeti in the coming weeks, passing through Loliondo in the east.

  • Predator encounters

Crocodiles and lions are among the predators encountered.

  • River crossings

Wildebeest will once again come face to face with the flowing waters as they prepare to cross the Mara River on their route south.

  • Accommodation options

The Masai Mara is the finest area to camp if you want to watch the wildebeest herds. A migration safari may be enjoyed at both the Kuria Hills in Lemala and Nomad's Lamai.

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

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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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