The Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania

The Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania

Are you interested in visiting the Great Migration in Tanzania? Well we are here to provide you with all the necessary information about the migration. The annual migration of two million ungulates, wildebeests but also enormous groups of Zebras and Thomson’s gazelles, Grant’s gazelles and elands via Tanzania is the greatest wildlife spectacle of its type in Africa.


December – April.

Typical Serengeti plains stretch all the way to the Ndutu area near Ngorongoro and what triggers their move to this area are the short rains in November and December. The wildebeests stick around this area until the end of long rains and the great news is that this section of Serengeti N/Park is easily accessible and lush. February is usually the very best time to visit this area.

May – July.

After having feasted on the short green grasses of Southeastern Serengeti and after having given birth to their off springs, the journey starts right away always between late April and early June. During this period, you will have a look at the greatest natural phenomena in the world.

The herd will move towards the western Corridor where there are major obstacles and many animals don’t survive the overdosed crocodiles in waiting and ready to feast on them.

August – September.

The herd moves to the north and starts crossing the next big hurdle – the Mara River after the Grumeti River obstacle. You can take photos along this river. The herd flocks to the northwest plains and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. It is believed that about half of the herd stays on the Mara – Serengeti area.

October to November.

The herd needs to cross the river one more time before commencing a trek back inside and this normally takes place in October or even earlier. The herd will cross northern plains and Lobo area which is rarely visited during this time of the year. The wildebeest migration returns to the short grass plains and calving grounds around Ndutu in late November and then the migration starts again.


Serengeti national park is an all year round destination which covers a vast area and also offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. This gives you a matter of choice when you should plan for your tour around the great Migration.

Possibility of you being at the exact spot of the migration herd crossing a river are very low. If you choose the right path; southeast and Ndutu from December through to May, the Western Corridor from May to July, Serengeti – Mara area from July to October and then northern Serengeti and Lobo area in October and November, huge herds of wildebeests and their entourage is easily located.

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