Where to see
the Great Migration
The backdrop against which this dramatic spectacle unfolds is one large ecosystem – the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem - covering areas of both Kenya and Tanzania.
The northernmost reaches of the great migration’s circuitous route crosses the Masai Mara in Kenya before heading southwards through the Serengeti in Tanzania, as far south as to border on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Eastern & Southern Serengeti (Dec – Mar)
Just like the south, the rains bring new life to the Eastern (Namiri) Plains of the Serengeti and the dry savannah is transformed into a carpet of fresh, green grass, drawing the great herds of wildebeest. From October to May, the plains become the centre stage for explosive action as big cats feast on the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Camps to visit: Namiri Plains
The vast grassland plains of the Southern Serengeti are the favoured birthing grounds of the migrating wildebeest. With the new addition of vulnerable calves, predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah are not far behind to profit the naïve newborns.
The herds and newborns move as far south as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (but not the Crater itself) to graze on the lush new grass of the plains.
Southern Serengeti Gallery
Western & Central Serengeti (Apr – Mid Jun)
The ‘Western Corridor’ of the Serengeti is a narrow strip of lush grassland that stretches almost all the way to Lake Victoria. During this stage of the migration, the wildebeest move slowly through this region, grazing and tending the newborns. There are two rivers in this region – the Grumeti and the Mbalageti – that the wildebeest will cross on their way northwards to the Masai Mara.
The golden grass plains of the Central Serengeti play host to the Great Migration twice a year as the great herds make their way through across the savannah in search of fresh grass. In May/June and November/December, hundreds and thousands of wildebeest and accompanying zebra, topi and gazelle pass through the region (and virtually the doorstep of Dunia Camp!).
Western & Central Serengeti Gallery
Northern Serengeti & Masai Mara (Mid Jun – Nov)
From July to November, the great herds of wildebeest gather on the banks of the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti, ready to brave the crocodile-infested waters and hungry predators on the other side. Dramatic, exciting and chaotic game viewing awaits as the wildebeest thunder across in their millions and the northern Serengeti is transformed into a pulsing hub of activity.
The famed Masai Mara National Reserve needs no introduction. It’s 1 500km² are densely populated with wildlife throughout the year, but even more so between June and November each year when the vast herds of migrating wildebeest make their appearance in their quest for greener grazing.
It is at this stage in the migration route that the wildebeest gallop bravely across Mara River, teeming with hungry crocodiles, making for some dramatic and nail-biting viewing.