The greatest show on earth
The great Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala. These move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. They migrate throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing and, it’s now thought, better quality water.
Moving migration maps
Below are twelve detailed maps plotting, month-by month, the typical migration pattern of the Serengeti’s great wildebeest migration.
This migration always varies from year to year, in response mainly to variations in the weather, the available grazing and available water. But these are the best general guide that we have to its location.
Herds spread to graze across the southern Serengeti's lush short-grass plains
They spread out across the short-grass plains; most calf in a 2-3 week window
Still spread over the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti, Loliondo and NCA
The herds start migrating north, through Moru Kopjes and Seronera areas
The migration heads north through Seronera towards the Western Corridor
Herds mass in the western corridor, bunching before crossing the Grumeti River
Some cross the Grumeti & head through Grumeti Reserve; others head north in the park
Herds pass through Ikorongo and into the far north-west of the national park
Herds in the north of Serengeti National Park & in Kenya's Maasai Mara
Grazing in the far north of the Serengeti - and across in the Mara
Moving south through Loliondo, on the east side of the Serengeti National Park
Arriving on the east side of the short-grass plains, in time for the rains
The Great Migration in detail
When planning your Serengeti safari you probably want to include seeing the Great Migration. So how do you ensure to be there when it happens? The long and short of it is that you can’t. It is important to realize that the decision of when to visit the Serengeti always involves an element of risk. We have detailed the Great Migration below, and this is what usually happens, but keep in mind that there are no guarantees.
The annual migration of two million ungulates, wildebeest but also enormous groups of zebra and Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle and eland, through Serengeti National Park is the greatest wildlife spectacle of its type in Africa, and perhaps the world. Although variations occur from year to year, the Serengeti migration follows a reasonably predictable annual cycle, dictated by local rainfall patterns. The Great Migration cycle breaks up into the following periods:
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When to visit?
It is a matter of choice whether you would like to plan your Serengeti safari around the Great Migration. We have mentioned earlier that the Serengeti is a year-round destination as it covers a vast area and offers unparalleled wildlife viewing. Chances that you will be at the exact spot of the Great Migration herd crossing a river (either at the Grumeti or Mara River) are very slim. Also, the timing of herd movements cannot be guaranteed. However, if you choose the right part of the Serengeti: the southeast and Ndutu from December through to May, the Western Corridor from May to July, the Serengeti Mara area from July trough to October, and the northern Serengeti and Lobo area in October and November, large herds of wildebeest and their entourage should be easily located.
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