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Wildebeest Migration

Africa's supreme wildlife spectacle, the wildebeest migration is the story of three million animals’ relentless journey across the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti. A constantly evolving drama between predator and prey, this is nature at its visceral best.

At a Glance

January to March

The migration has made its way south, heading for the short grassy plains of the Southern Serengeti. This is peak foaling season for zebras, and as we move into February you’ll see the arrival of half a million wildebeest calves. Ndutu, the southern concessions of the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation area are the places to be.

Serian's Serengeti South, Tanzania

The southern plains are at their best from mid-December to May when the area is inundated with over a million wildebeest. Serian South is made up of just eight meru-style tents. It's a stylish, authentic bush camp in a great location. The bonus of having your exclusive vehicle with private guide and spotter team means that you have a front row seat to the calving action.

Mwiba River Lodge, Tanzania

Set in the 51,000 acre private wildlife reserve on the southern border of the Serengeti National Park, Mwiba is a luxurious lodge set seamlessly within the giant granite boulders along the Arugusinyai River. Benefit from the great freedom offered by a concession area: spend time on foot tracking big game and head out at night to catch the nocturnal action.

Nduara Loliondo, Tanzania

Nduara is a seasonal camp providing direct access to the Loliondo Plains and the wildebeest calving grounds. The design reflects the nomadic culture of the area through the uniquely designed yurts which form the dining and lounge tents. Accommodation is in more typical meru-style tents. This is an active camp where walks are operated by the Maasai warriors and days are filled with adventure. However, you could just as easily slip into a relaxed daily rhythm and soak up this remarkable area.

April to May

The rains have hit and walls of water sweep across the savannah dumping millions of gallons onto the rich fertile soil. The landscape transforms and the game floods into the central area. Seronera is a moving mass of millions of animals, the Moru Kopjies are a hot spot, and as the season moves along on the Western Corridor, Grumeti plays host to the herds.

Dunia Camp, Tanzania

Tucked along a quiet valley off the plains to the south of Seronera, Dunia Camp is in a great location to experience the migration at one of its most impressive times of year. Endless herds spread beyond the horizon in every direction. Asilia, operators of Dunia Camp, set a very high standard for their guides; some have been working here for many years and add to the safari experience with their phenomenal experience and sharp sense of humor.

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, Tanzania

This tented camp is set in a beautiful location along the river bank in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. A remote location that's perfectly positioned for the arrival of the migration en-route through the Grumeti. This is a place of lesser known river crossings, away from the crowds found later in the year further north. A beautiful and unique safari experience with fantastic staff and guiding.

June

June is tricky to predict as the migration is rarely still for any length of time. We're entering the dry season in the Serengeti and the herds begin to move north; up through the Grumeti, sometimes swinging back through central and up to Lobo, gearing up for Kenya. It’s a fascinating time of year and may be worth splitting your stay between the west or central parts of the Serengeti with the far north to hedge your bets.

Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Tanzania

We don’t think there’s a better view in Africa than that from Singita Sasakwa. The Serengeti plains extend endlessly across the 350,000 acre Grumeti Reserve in the western edge of the ecosystem. Thought of by many as the most luxurious lodge in Africa, Sasakwa also delivers a feast of incredible wildlife and diverse activities. It’s a 'see it to believe it' kind of a place.

Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania

Singita Sabora is designed in the style of a 1920s explorer’s camp. This is tented safari at its most glamorous and luxurious. Enjoy day and night game drives, and head out on walking safaris with your expert Singita guides. You’ll be blown away by their knowledge and passion for the environment in which they work. When the big herds arrive you get the chance to witness one of nature’s greatest events right on your doorstep.

July to mid-October

Now is the time to be near the rivers and permanent water sources of the Mara. In the Serengeti, you need to be north in and around Kogatende, or across the river in the Lamai Wedge (river crossings here in July and August are almost guaranteed with multiple crossing sites to choose from). The predators of Kenya’s Mara are enjoying their seasonal glut, and the crocodiles are growing fat. One of the most dramatic events in the animal kingdom, it's pure unadulterated drama.

Cottar's 1920 Safari Camp, Kenya

Step back in time with a stay at Cottar’s, the camp recalls a golden era of luxury, elegance and exploration. Cottar’s is situated in a private conservancy just outside of the Maasai Mara game Reserve, ensuring stunning panoramic views and boundless game viewing. Lodging at the camp is in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished and incorporate original safari antiques from the 20s and each come with a private butler. The camp’s phenomenal and experienced guides will lead you to the perfect lookout to witness the migration, sure to be a highlight of any trip.

Mara Plains, Kenya

Each room comes equipped with a state of the art Canon SLR and a pair of Swarovski binoculars. You're going to need them at Mara Plains. Vast tented suites on raised decks in a location within the Mara North Concession, which will blow your mind. The guiding is of the highest quality and the safari experience has been crafted by a team who truly get what the Maasai Mara is all about.

Kicheche Bush Camp, Kenya

Intimate, remote and comfortable, with just six tents blending seamlessly into their surrounds, Kicheche Bush Camp is the place for an authentic safari experience. The activities from Kicheche Bush Camp are based around game viewing and visits to a local village and school. All the guides have expert knowledge on local wildlife and folklore and are ideal companions on a game drive or walking safari. Aside from all of the fabulous game viewing that you’ll be treated to, it’s also one of the best spots in Kenya to experience the Great Migration.

Ngare Serian, Kenya

Picture this - a light and airy, idyllic hideaway just a stone’s throw away from viewing the Great Migration. You can stop daydreaming, because at Ngare Serian you’ve found just this. Set in the heart of the Masai Mara, on the banks of the Mara River, the camp is perfect for the adventurous traveler looking for a real safari experience. Ngare offers an incredibly peaceful, back to nature stay. You won’t find any WiFi here, aside from a friendly resident Labrador named WiFi! For an extra special experience at the camp, spend a night in the Nest, a unique, open-air treehouse set 20 feet up.

September to October

Now, two million wildebeest and hundreds of thousand zebra, topi, eland and gazelle are firmly established in the Maasai Mara. Further south in the central Serengeti, the bush is dry and dusty. It's an enormous expanse with just the scattered bones that litter the plains giving clues to the number seen here a couple of months prior.

Lamai Serengeti, Tanzania

One of the most strikingly positioned lodges in Africa. Set high on a kopje, Lamai enjoys views over the rugged bush of the northern Serengeti, stretching across the Mara River to the plains of Lamai Wedge. We can’t get enough of Lamai: great guiding, imaginatively designed, jaw-dropping location – it’s one of our favorites in the whole of Africa.

Singita Mara River Tented Camp, Tanzania

Where else can you sit in your bath with a glass of champagne while watching wildebeest surge across the Mara River? It has to be Singita. An incredible blend of the most luxurious tented camps in a phenomenal wildlife location with service and style this good, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was only possible in the furthest reaches of your imagination.

November to December

Again, a couple of unpredictable months. When exactly are the herds going to move? Typically, the animals sense the rain coming to the south in November and begin making their way back into the Serengeti, passing through the Loliondo Game Controlled Area, down the eastern edge of the Serengeti, covering a vast area which includes a north-western slice of the Ngorongoro. The rains sweep up from the south, the zebra foals are born and the cycle begins once again.

Klein’s Camp, Tanzania

The individual rondavels of Klein’s Camp are set along the steep side of the Kuka Hills in the northern Serengeti. Their positioning maximizes the spectacular views over the camp’s private wilderness concession. This game-filled valley becomes your private playground, allowing walking, night drives and a chance to be at the heart of the action when the greatest wildlife migration on Earth passes by.

Namiri Plains, Tanzania

If you love big cats then look no further. This is big cat country at its best. Probably the best place in Africa to view cheetah stalking over open grasslands, and home to an incredibly varied population of predators. With just six tents, this is an exclusive an secluded camp in the wildest corner of the Serengeti. Here you'll get an intense wildlife experience, but well away from the crowds. You'll feel like you have the Serengeti to yourself.

Mobile Safari Camps - Year round

Want to be at the heart of the action whatever the season? A mobile camp is for you. Award-winning operators have spent decades fine tuning the mobile migration experience in the Serengeti with camps in prime locations to capture the romance of golden age safari. Traditional luxury safari tents, comfortable beds, thick blankets for the chilly evenings, en-suite safari bathrooms, and central mess tents perfect for lounging during the heat of the day combine to give you a very special experience. Add some of the best guiding on the planet with warm East African hospitality and you’re guaranteed a vacation that will have you hooked.

Serengeti Safari Camp, Tanzania

Nomad Tanzania is a multi-award winning African safari operator. Serengeti Safari Camp regularly beats off stiff opposition from mobile operators across the continent to perch proudly at the top of the 'creme de la creme' list. Relocating with the seasons to incredible locations across the ecosystem. There's no time of year when this luxury mobile camp disappoints from a wildlife perspective, never failing to deliver an unsurpassed migration experience.

Serengeti Under Canvas, Tanzania

Beautifully designed meru-style safari tents evoke the atmosphere of a bygone era at Serengeti Under Canvas. Relax with a book during the heat of the day while your butler relays ice-cold drinks and delicious snacks to you from the bush kitchen. Style is no substitute for experience and &Beyond, which operates Under Canvas, takes pride in the quality of its guiding and its unfailing ability to deliver jaw-dropping safaris to every single guest.

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