Africa's supreme wildlife spectacle, the Great 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.
As a sensory overload there’s little to match Africa's wildebeest migrations. The all-encompassing, constant noise, the dust in the air, the smell of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest on the move. You can quite literally feel the earth vibrating through the soles of your feet, see water trembling in your glass. Periods of calm erupt without warning into extreme tension as the animals travel in search of life-giving water and fresh green grass. It’s an awesome spectacle.
When and where to see the wildebeest migrations
The most famous of these migrations occurs in the Serengeti when the animals swarm up from southerly areas of Serengeti National Park up to the Maasai Mara in the north. With the weather directing the herds in their never-ending search for grass, you can enjoy this spectacle year-round.
The exact movement of the game is hard to predict but by mid-July the herds will be moving north into Kenya’s Maasai Mara. This is when you have the chance to witness the iconic river crossings: masses of animals plunging down river banks into a crocodile-filled thrashing maelstrom! This is the event most commonly associated with the migration, but each month offers a different experience. Calving occurs in the south at the beginning of the year at which time you'll see newborn calves and zebra foals getting mobile during the long rains around Easter. After their summer in the Mara, catch the return to Tanzania in the far north of the Serengeti at Lamai.