Wildlife Great Migration
The annual wildebeest migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth', the Great Wildebeest Migration is a movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest throughout the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pastures and water.
Wildebeest have no natural leader and consequently herds split up and head off in different directions, meandering around and often choosing a completely different direction of travel from the one they chose yesterday. Therefore it is best to imagine the Great Migration is as one mega herd, surrounded by a number of smaller splinter herds.
Maps and illustrations which endeavour to show the path of the migrating herds show the mega herd - but If you were to include the splinter herds then the entire migration can often cover half the entire Serengeti! Such maps and illustrations are a reasonable starting point for planning your trip, but in reality the Great Migration is remarkably unpredictable with any degree of accuracy.
If seeing the Great Wildebeest Migration is on your wish list, then there is a lot to be said for travelling with the Serengeti’s famous mobile camps - please see the Serengeti page for more information.
A general guide to the Great Wildebeest Migration based on the movement of the mega herd over the last ten years.
From as early as December the migration starts to move into the Ndutu region of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The short grass plains here are rich in nutritious grasses, providing the herds with the best conditions to raise their newborn. Mid February is calving season when approximately 8,000 wildebeest are born every day for a period of approximately 3 weeks. The area around Lake Ndutu itself is the place to be at this time of year. The best accommodations are Ndutu Lodge or the mobile camps run by Nomad Tanzania (the Serengeti Safari Camp), &Beyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas, Asilia’s Olakira Camp, Alex Walker’s Serian Camp and Sanctuary Lodges' (A&K’s) Kusini Camp