The greatest show on earth – The Great Migration

By Wandering Maasai | 06 October 2015

The earth trembles with the thundering of a million hooves, as the heaving herds fill the plains to chase the rains in the epic annual struggle for survival, known as the Great Migration.

The journey is beset with many deadly dangers, as young calves are snatched by predators, the slow are brought down by prides of lion, brave beasts break legs on steep river slopes, crocodiles take their share from the stragglers and the weak and exhausted drown.

Every year and estimated 1.5 million wildebeest and 200 000 zebra complete the 1800 mile circuit from the Ngongorogoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, through the Serengeti, across the border into the Kenya and the Maasai Mara and back again.

It is the greatest show on earth, a natural spectacle like no other and a life changing experience. At Asilia we aim to ensure you have front-row seats away from the crowds to this spectacular event. Our camps are created with the purpose of highlighting the migration – you can choose to stay at one of our permanent camps which are situated close to the river crossings, or stay in one of our seasonal camps that move a few times during the year to follow the migration and all the action.

The Asilia experience

When you choose to experience the Great Migration with Asilia, you can expect to be transported to the best seat in the house. We offer different ways of viewing the migration – Our guides take you as close to the action as possible, or you can enjoy sundowners or even a morning tea and coffee at your camp whilst watching the herds slowly making their way past you.

We would love to have you come and stay at any one of our camps and experience this spectacle which has been dubbed as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” first-hand with us! Browse through our camps which offer a front row seat to all the action or make an enquiry directly with us and we will put you in touch with a trusted tour operator who will help you find the perfect camp to stay at in order to take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Plan your stay – A Great Migration Timeline

December to March

The herds congregate near Lake Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. An estimated 500000 calves are born during a 2-3 week window in February. This mass calving draws many predators. The area consists of plains of short grass, which contains lots of calcium and is the perfect nutrition for lactating mothers and young babies.

April to May

As the rains come to an end and the ground dries, the herds start making their way to the north into the Southern Serengeti. They graze and move slowly as they have their young calves traveling with and the grass is still fresh.

End May to June

May is the mating season for wildebeest, and the males do fierce battle for a mate. Throughout the action of the rut, the journey continues as some herds head west into the Western Corridor and cross the Grumeti River.


The herdshead towards the North of the Serengeti. The river crossings, considered by some the most exciting events of the Great Migration, usually start in July, but it all depends on the rains.

August to October

The herds can be found in the Northern Serengeti as well as in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Daily River crossings can be seen here at the Mara and Talek Rivers. This is often the base of the most exciting crossings!

October to November

The herds usually cross back to the Serengeti from the Mara and head towards the now fertile Ndutu Area. The herds travel fast, and can travel long distances in a single day. By the beginning of December, Ndutu starts seeing the herds return to calve, and for the whole process to start all over again.

Where and when to see the Great Migration

If you have a particular time of travel in mind then why not have a look at our Migration Tracker Map which will give you an overview of where the herds are most likely to be during different times of the year. Or you can have a look at some of our camps below and make a decision based on where they are positioned at different times of the year.

Permanent Camps (Kenya):

Mara Bush Houses – Open year round

Naboisho Camp – 15th May – March

Nomadic Camp – March – October; December – March

Rekero Camp – June – March

Permanent Camps (Tanzania):

Sayari Camp – June – March

Namiri Plains – Open all year round

Dunia Camp – Open all year round

Mobile Camps (Tanzania):

Kimondo Camp (South) December – March

Kimondo Camp (North) July – October


Olakira Camp (South) December – March

Olakira Camp (North) June – November


Ubuntu Camp (South) December – March

Ubuntu Camp (West) May – July

Ubuntu Camp (North) July – October

Contact us today and we’ll make sure that you too can experience the Greatest Show on Earth.

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