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Wildebeest Migration Timeline

Wildebeest Migration: Month by Month Timeline

Highlights: Nairobi Kenya | Serengeti Tanzania | Masai Mara Kenya

Duration:-

Trip starts: Nairobi, Kenya

Trip ends: Nairobi, Kenya

The Greatest Spectacle on Earth

The Migration: With only two things in mind: food and water, some 1.4 million wildebeest, 250,000 Burchell's zebra and a smattering of trailing Thomson's gazelle make the annual trek from Tanzania's Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya. Here's a month by month timeline on this experience. 

January - March: Calving Season

This period sees the herds in Tanzania's Serengeti start moving south into southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation area. The wildebeest and zebra are dispersed across the plain - feeding on the lush grass and fresh water. Most wildebeest calves are born in a short window around February. Towards the end of March, the last grass has been munched up, the herds are preparing for the next leg of their action packed journey.

April - June: Pre-crossing

The ideal spot to catch a glimpse of the herds is in southern Serengeti plains. The wildebeest begin their northward trek searching for grass and fresh water and can be found in Serengeti's central and western corridor. End of May/early June sees a large part of the herd still in the Serengeti by the Grumeti River. You'll spot hundreds of thousands of wildebeests - joined by herds of zebras and a couple of Grant's and Thompson's gazelles.

July - September/October: The Crossing

Coming from the Serengeti to Masai Mara, the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. Watching the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River can be very spectacular; there are often scenes of great panic and confusion. Why? Five-metre-long crocodiles, that is why. Book early - as this is the Big Event.

October - December: Journey Back

In October, your best bet of seeing the Migration will be in the Mara conservancies, where it is much less crowded. November is the onset of short rains, which prompts the wildebeest to leave the bare Mara grassland into the replenished Serengeti. With fresh grass back in the Serengeti, the wildebeest are clustered in the southern and north-east part of the park. Calving season is about to start. The cycle continues.

January - March: Calving Season

This period sees the herds in Tanzania's Serengeti start moving south into southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation area. The wildebeest and zebra are dispersed across the plain - feeding on the lush grass and fresh water. Most wildebeest calves are born in a short window around February. Towards the end of March, the last grass has been munched up, the herds are preparing for the next leg of their action packed journey.

April - June: Pre-crossing

The ideal spot to catch a glimpse of the herds is in southern Serengeti plains. The wildebeest begin their northward trek searching for grass and fresh water and can be found in Serengeti's central and western corridor. End of May/early June sees a large part of the herd still in the Serengeti by the Grumeti River. You'll spot hundreds of thousands of wildebeests - joined by herds of zebras and a couple of Grant's and Thompson's gazelles.

July - September/October: The Crossing

Coming from the Serengeti to Masai Mara, the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. Watching the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River can be very spectacular; there are often scenes of great panic and confusion. Why? Five-metre-long crocodiles, that is why. Book early - as this is the Big Event.

October - December: Journey Back

In October, your best bet of seeing the Migration will be in the Mara conservancies, where it is much less crowded. November is the onset of short rains, which prompts the wildebeest to leave the bare Mara grassland into the replenished Serengeti. With fresh grass back in the Serengeti, the wildebeest are clustered in the southern and north-east part of the park. Calving season is about to start. The cycle continues.

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  • Arrival and departure transfers.
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  • 1 litre of bottled drinking water per person per day
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Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional visit to Masai village $50 per prson
  • Optional Masai Mara hot air balloon safari $480
  • International flights.
  • Tips/gratuities.
  • Entry visas and fees.
  • Items of a personal nature and any other not mentioned above.
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