The Great Wildebeest Migration – the annual migration of giant herds of grazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya is a truly spectacular event. Over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pasture, in a regular pattern. This is surely one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

Understand the Serengeti Migration – Why do the Wildebeest Migrate? 

The wildebeest migrate around the Serengeti, and into the Masai Mara for the sole purpose of following the rainfall. For their calving from December – March they always begin their cycle in the Southern Serengeti Ndutu area and follow wherever the grass is greener… Whilst we have a good idea of where the wildebeest should be at any given time of year, it really does depend on where the rain falls.  Therefore, revolving your whole safari around the norotiously unreliable location of the wildebeest can sometimes be a mistake!

Where to stay for the Wildebeest Migration

If you would like to safari at the heart of the Great Wildebeest Migration, the best approach is to book one of the Serengeti’s famous mobile camps.  Two in particular set themselves apart from the others for their commitment to keeping up with the herds – Nomad Tanzania’s Serengeti Safari Camp and &Beyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas. These are the two mobile operations which we consider truly mobile and will be located near or amongst the herds at any time of the year.  Then there are the mobile camps of Alex Walker’s Serian, Asilia’s Olakira, Ubuntu and Kimondo which offer superb mobile operations from July to November, and from December through to March.  For the rest of the year these fabulous camps are closed.

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