When and where to see the Great Migration

The pattern of the Migration is fairly predictable and follows the same route every year, so sightings are all but guaranteed. Unlike in Kenya, the Migration in Tanzania is present pretty much all year round, you just need to know where to look.


Want to see the Great Migration in Tanzania? Then book your holiday between mid-October and mid-July for the best chances of seeing this world-renowned wildlife spectacle in the Serengeti. The animals follow the rainfall, grazing on the lush green vegetation and quenching their thirst at topped-up waterholes left behind by the wet seasons.

Photo credit: Sanctuary Kusini

To see the famous river crossings where courageous wildebeest and zebra try to defy the powerful jaws of crocodiles that await their passage, head to the northern Serengeti between August and September. Witnessing the wildebeest Migration is of course very popular, so if you want to avoid the height of the crowds but still catch the spectacle, consider a safari during June or September to see the front runners and the stragglers.


Wondering when to see the Great Migration in Kenya? After leaving the Serengeti in Tanzania, the migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra usually arrive on the plains of the Masai Mara between July and September, coinciding with the long dry season.

Photo credit: Governor's Il Moran

There are front runners and stragglers, so you may catch the advance party or tail end of the spectacle if you visit just outside these months when the reserve is quieter. If you want to witness the famous Mara River crossing, where wildebeest and zebra pluck up the courage to take on the crocodile infested waters that traverse their migration path, aim to be in the reserve in July or August. If you’re keen to see the migration but want to avoid the crowds, consider staying in one of the private conservancies like Mara North or Naboisho and enjoy the best of both worlds. You can still access the Masai Mara Reserve but can retreat to your conservancy for a more private safari experience afterwards.

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