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

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September is your last chance to see the epic Mara River crossings in the Serengeti or Masai Mara.

  • Weather

September, the first month of spring, is a hot month in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, with average highs of 27°C (80.6°F) and lows of 14°C (57.2°F).

  • Migratory Movements

Most wildebeest have crossed the Mara River, and the vast majority of herds will be in the Greater Masai Mara area, grazing on the lush green grass resources before heading north to the private conservancies (Mara North, Olare Orok).

  • Predatory encounters

crocs take their toll, not to mention the lions and other large predators patrolling the banks, waiting to ambush any wildebeest that make it to the other side.

  • River crossings

The Mara River is crossed during this month.

September, like August, is a straightforward month for predicting where the herds will be. You can still remain in the Serengeti early in the month, but it's better to stay on the Masai Mara side to observe the final Mara River crossings. Olakira Camp and the Mara River mobile campgrounds offer unrivalled migration safari possibilities.


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

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

August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Tanzania

2021 Tanzania July to October Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

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!

July Wildebeest Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Serengeti National Park

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.

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

Recommended Lodges

Governors' Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside…

Rekero Mara Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Rekero Camp is quite simply in the best spot for viewing the Great Migration when vast herds of wildebeest enter Kenya on their long trek through the…

Mara Plains Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Imagine a camp set right in the heart of some of the greatest predator country of Africa... This is Mara Plains Camp, located on the northern border…

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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.

View migration map and monthly prediction

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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