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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 and wildlife

September offers more hot and dry weather, as the dry season continues in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

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

Where to stay in September

Similar to August, September is an easy month to predict where the herds will be. You can still stay in the Serengeti early in the month, but its safer to stay on the Masai Mara side to view the last of the Mara River crossings. The Olakira Camp or the Mara River mobile camps are unrivalled migration safari options.

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

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.

Wet season Tanzania - best value migration safari (EA 8 days)

From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration 

10-day HerdTracker July great migration safari

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

Gorillas and the Migration Combined (EA 11 days)

Enjoy two of Africa's most magnificent wildlife experiences – mountain gorillas and the Great Migration – on one unforgettable safari

Tanzania migration safari with HerdTracker

Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.

Migration River crossings fly-in special Governor’s Camps

Enjoy the migration and river crossings at Governor's Camp and choose your level of comfort

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.

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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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