GREAT SERENGETI WILDEBEEST MIGRATION GUIDE & BEST TIME TO SEE IT IN 2023-2024
2023 And Upcoming 2024 Tracker Updates (2022 Ended) On The Great Wildebeest Migration Herd In SerengetiThe Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti is the largest single movement of wild animals in the world, deservedly listed as one of its eight Natural Wonders and an exceptional inspiration for a dream nature tour of northern Tanzania with AfricanMecca. Around 1.5 million wildebeests, with hundreds of thousands of zebras, elands, gazelles along with a trailing retinue of predators, leave their calving grounds in southern Serengeti, around March and April, heading for the next water source.
Trekking via the south-central Seronera outskirts into the Western Corridor and Grumeti River arriving during the month of April to May and residing till June, and then finally towards the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya crossing the perilous Mara River around July or August onwards with a return via the same death-defying river, this time heading to the bearing of Lobo and Loliondo in eastern Serengeti around October to November.
The white bearded wildebeest journey continues back to the southern Ndutu calving grounds with arrivals starting around December with temporary residence till March (read more on when is the best time to go to Serengeti).
The dates timing of the migration depends upon the annual rains and renewal of fresh pasture which may seasonally occur earlier or later in some years. But the spectacle is worth the effort to make a photo safari in Tanzania as multitudes of wild gnus pour across the plains, driven by instinct or necessity in such a way that they act as one entity, pursuing their destiny, to rut, mate, dare and die on this impossibly perilous journey, which, nevertheless, ensures the ultimate survival of the wildebeest and the continuance of the Serengeti ecosystem of which they are the mainspring.
Their epic journey is one of violence and endurance as they battle onwards, past granite kopjes where cheetah or lion lie in ambush, through flood-swollen and crocodile infested rivers, over parched plains scorched by wildfires, to sanctuary in the north. Then, homing in on distant rains, they circle back again, daring greater hazards by the same water, by exhaustion and by predators, shedding a quarter of their numbers by the wayside.
To appreciate the enormity of this phenomenon, you must take part, tracking and observing from 4x4 game-viewing vehicles, filming from the ground or in the air in a hot air balloon to zoom in on the action as if the unending grasslands were your theatre with your own cast of millions acting out their ancient ritual for you alone.
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From July, August to September, the Mara River in northern Serengeti affords the most dramatic river crossings. Fierce and deep, cliff-sided and rain-swollen, the river takes an enormous toll of the exhausted and terrified wild cattle that surge through its torrential flow. Read More On Northern Serengeti Safari
Enjoy a Serengeti East Safari during October and November when the mega herds return from Masai Mara in Kenya to the rich plains of the Serengeti National Park, east of the Grumeti River, passing through Lobo and Western Loliondo and under the majestic Gol mountains. Read More On Eastern Serengeti Safari
On a Serengeti South Safari, from December to March, you can follow the wildebeest at Kusini, Ndutu and Maswa. On these rich grasslands, the gnus produce 8000 calves a day for a three week era. Predatory leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals and lions eat their fill. Read More On Southern Serengeti Safari
On a Serengeti West Safari around end of April, May and June, a vast army of blue wildebeests along with its herbivore partner, zebras, mill around the Western Corridor, south of the Grumeti River, some harassed behind by lions and ahead by giant Nile crocodiles. Read More On Western Serengeti Safari
Your Serengeti Central Safari in the Seronera Valley offers a year-round game-viewing mecca with impressive populations of bovids, terrestrial predators, reptiles, amphibians and birds, which remain even after the spectacular hordes of blue wildebeests and zebras have gone. Read More On Central Serengeti Safari
Study our safari map on the Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park, showing the seasonal traversal paths in different areas of the park. This will allow you to pinpoint and strategically select the correct accommodations during your travels in northern Tanzania. View Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Map
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GUIDE ON SERENGETI PARK
Across the vast Serengeti plains, a fantastic cast of wild fauna including impressive numbers of hooved herbivores, predators and avi-fauna. Amongst them, the principal actors are wildebeests.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SERENGETI
Accommodations in Serengeti come in two main types, lodges and camps. Lodges are solidly brick or stone-built complexes while camps are pitched canvas that are either permanent, seasonal or mobile units.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN SERENGETI
With your AfricanMecca guide in a custom-designed 4x4 vehicle, you will experience the wildebeest migration, the Big Five - from royal lion prides to pachyderm elephant herds on the plains and more.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT SERENGETI
There are distinct best times for a nature trip to Serengeti. Once you know what you have experienced and what more it has to offer, you will want to return time and again as each month unfolds a new chapter.
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BALLOON SAFARI IN SERENGETI
A Serengeti balloon safari is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience, particularly suitable for a bird's eye-view game viewing experience on your AfricanMecca wildlife tour in northern Tanzania.
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MAASAI TRIBE OF SERENGETI
The iconic Maasai of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro wilderness have been herding their cattle for thousands of years. A proud, nomadic warrior race who count their wealth in cattle and children.
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We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR SERENGETI IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Serengeti National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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