Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

8 Days

    Trip Overview

    The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration is one of the last mass terrestrial wildlife movements left on the planet and the chief reason why so many safari lovers venture to The Serengeti National Park.

    • Let’s view Tanzania Guide To The Wildebeest Migration

    The Migration is one of nature’s greatest paradoxes: your timing is absolutely everything, but there is no way to predict the timing of the animals’ movement. We know that the wildebeest, and a smattering of zebra and antelope, will cross the Mara River, but we don’t know exactly when. We know that rain will trigger the same game to move on to fresh grazing, but we don’t know when that rain will come.

    Fortunately, we’ve been planning Great Migration safaris since 2016 and our Director has spent over 7 years’ guiding Serengeti, so in combination we have a lot of experience in putting you in the best possible place at the best possible time, giving you the best possible chance to witness this spectacle.

    Enquire now to add The Great Wildebeest Migration to your Safari In Tanzania.

    Migration Seasons

    • December – March
      Calving Season
    Eastern & Southern Serengeti
    • April – June
      Mating Season
    Central & Western Serengeti, (heading north)
    • July – November
      River Crossings
    Northen Serengeti & Maasai Mara


      Day 1 :

      The group arrives at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). Participants are met by a representative of Let's view Tanzania and transferred to a hotel in Arusha or Moshi.

      Note: The hotel cost only includes breakfast. Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.

      In the morning after breakfast (around 7:30 AM) your safari guide will arrive at the hotel and inform the receptionist that he is waiting for you. After meeting up with your driver you will travel to Tarangire National Park, and by 10:00 AM you will already be on your first safari!

      The national park is extremely famous and special for its diverse landscape and nine different vegetation zones. As you begin your game drive, you will be welcomed by the ancient and gigantic Baobab trees, which make even animals like the giraffe look tiny. The game drive goes on till about late afternoon and includes a small stop for a picnic lunch. The 3,000 Square kilometers park gets its name from the Tarangire River that flows through it.

      The river attracts a lot of diverse animals and you should be able to spot a lot of elephants, giraffe, lions, antelopes and zebra. If it’s your lucky day, you might be able to spot the tree climbing python and the long necked Gerek. Read less Admission Ticket Free 2 Tarangire National Park The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants, which offers a unique chance for you to observe interactions between elephant families.

      Don’t forget to capture this beautiful scenery with your camera ready at hand. Post the game drive, you will head back to your camp/lodge where a delicious dinner awaits you. Have good night’s sleep for tomorrow’s adventure. 8 Days Serengeti Migration

      The excitement for today will be quite high as you make your way into the most celebrated wildlife park in the world – The Serengeti. After finishing up a good breakfast, you will head out towards the Serengeti National Park and travel in the midst of the never ending plain grasslands.

      The Serengeti, means endless plains in the local African language and watching the grassland stretch out as far as the eye can see and eventually merging with the sky at the horizon is an absolutely breathtaking view. With an overall land area of 14,763 Square kilometers, it puts our notion about distance to shame.

      The Serengeti also houses the glorious “Big 5” (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). Along with the “Big 5”, a very pleasant sighting would be one of Africa’s most beautiful animal – The Impala. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa. Read less 4 hours • Admission Ticket Free 2.

      The legendary Serengeti National Park is the most renowned safari destination for its incredible population of lions and leopards. The central portion of the Serengeti – known as Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.

      In Seronera, one must really look out for the many lion prides that thrive in this region. You must also look out for the Serengeti “Kopjes” which are massive boulders of granite standing in a sea of grass. They provide ample shelter to a large variety of flora and fauna. A picnic lunch will be done during the day long game drive itself. The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation

      Starting by 8AM after a filling breakfast, you will explore the central portion of the Serengeti National Park today and move towards the northern part of the park. The enroute game drive towards the Kogatende region will offer mild action from resident game. As you approach the northern part of the Serengeti, you will notice the terrain change from the usual plain grassland to a more hilly and broken terrain. The northern region offers a variety of resident game such zebras, topi, gazelle, buffaloes, leopards and lions. A picnic lunch will be done during the day long drive itself. Based on the time of your arrival you will able to spend a few hours by the Mara River. The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.

      As usual, you will finish a good breakfast and begin your day by 8AM. In the months between mid-June to September the migration can be found in this region. From mid-June to September, the Mara River in this region offers the most dramatic river crossing of the great migration. Fierce, deep and heavily rain fed the river takes an enormous toll on the migrating wildebeest.

      Watching the wildebeest surging through the torrential flow, some drowning and a few falling prey to lurking crocodiles is an unforgettable sight. If it’s your lucky day you will be able to witness this natural wonder and watch nature take its course. Tracing the great migration you might even move towards the Lobo valley. The pristine lobo valley is scattered with woodlands, plains, hills and famous granite Kopjes.

      It offers enormous amount of big cat game with lions, leopards and cheetah in plenty. During the dry season the permanent water sources in the valley attract plenty of resident and migratory animals, resulting in excellent game viewing. During the full day game drive, you will have a stop where you can have your picnic lunch. The day comes to an end with a tasty dinner and a good rest in your choice of accommodation.

      Starting your day at the routine time of 8AM after a heavy breakfast, today you will head south towards the central Serengeti. The four hours’ drive to the Centre of Serengeti will offer mild enroute game. The drive south from the Mara river valley takes you through hill country, the Lobo area, woodlands and then back into the Seronera terrain. The central portion of the Serengeti – known as Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species

      As you make your way into the Seronera region, you will begin to notice the hilly and broken terrain altering into plain grasslands. In Seronera one must really look out for the many lion prides that thrive in this region. The interactions and survival of these lion prides provide an excellent game viewing experience all year round. A picnic lunch will be done during the day long drive itself. The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation. The next day you will head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

      Today your safari will begin by 9AM in the morning and you will head out for a short game drive in the Serengeti after a good breakfast. After completing a half day game drive along with a picnic lunch, we will branch out and head towards the Ngorongoro crater rim. The 75 km drive to Ngorongoro Crater rim will take about 2.5 hourrs, with mild game action to see on the way. The crater is one of Africa’s impressive geological attraction and supreme mecca of wilderness. The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good rest in your choice of accommodation. Get a good rest and refuel yourself, for the following day you will descend into the massive crater.

      On the last day of your safari, you will have an early start. Finishing up with a quick breakfast you will make an early descend at around 6:30AM into the crater floor. The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It has a massive floor of about 260 square kilometers with a depth of over 2000 feet. The 5-hour game drive in the crater floor, will show you a lot of animal action. Keeping the camera ready is definitely recommended. The African elephant, buffalo, Black rhino, Hippos, Hyenas, Cheetahs and Lions are found in plenty. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater. This is the last leg of your safari, with a 4hr drive left to Arusha. You will be dropped off to your preferred location in Arusha or Moshi by 6PM in the evening. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid goodbye to your team.

      Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

      Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, you have the option to extend your hotel stay till 6:00 PM for an extra fee.

      Serengeti Wildebeest Migration includes and excludes cost

      Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Includes

      • All mentioned activities.
      • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari for emergence evacuations
      • Mineral water on all days
      • Private Jeep 4×4 equipped with refrigerator, portable charging stations and pop-up roof
      • Breakfast (6)
      • Lunch (7)
      • Dinner (6)

      Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Excludes

      • Flights ( International)
      • Alcoholic and soft drinks
      • Tips to your safari guide ($30-50 per day per car).
      • Air tickets;
      • Visa fee;
      • Lunch and dinner in hotel (only before and after safari);
      • Insurance;
      What is the Great Migration

      The Great Migration is the largest herd movement of animals on the planet. In fact, with up to 1,000 animals per km², the great columns of wildebeest can be seen from space.

      More than 1.5 million wildebeest, 250,000 zebra and countless other prey species migrate between the Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara in an annual cyclical migration in search of richer feeding grounds. They are of course followed by the lions, leopards, cheetah, and other predators which roam the plains.

        The best time to see the Great Migration each month?

        There is no single time of year to see the Great Migration since it is an eternal annual cycle from place to place, year in and year out. However, depending on either the aspect of the Great Migration you want to witness (such as river crossings), or the time of year that you prefer to travel, your safari can be tailored to give you the best chance of seeing what you desire. The Great Migration can be summarised in this way as having these four seasons.

        Alternatively, you can learn more about when to travel via through this month-by-month breakdown of the Great Migration.

        Whether the great herds are calving in the south or on the move north in search of greener pastures – and then back again – there is a huge variety of astounding scenes unfolding before you.

          Where to stay for a Great Migration safari?

          The backdrop of this dramatic spectacle is the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem – an area that covers 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.

          No matter what time of year you prefer to travel or which region you wish to visit, our camps all along the migration route ensure you have front-row seats away from the crowds. We recommend combining two or more of our camps to maximise your chances of seeing the herds by staying in more than one location. Stay at our permanent camps in Kenya to see the Great Migration during July to November, or go on a migration safari in Tanzania from November to July where you have the option of choosing between permanent camps and our mobile migration camps.

            What are the threats to wildebeest migration?

            This is mainly because their migration routes are being cut off by fences, settlements, farms, roads and other developments, and the areas where they roam are getting smaller. The animals also face the additional challenges of poaching and having less food to eat because of livestock overgrazing and agriculture.

              Where is the best place to see the wildebeest migration?

              The Kogatende area in the northern Serengeti is a great place to catch the migration, between July and October but with July and August typically the peak months. There is a permanent pride of lions in the area that you can see year round, along with other leopards and cheetahs

                How is wildebeest migration affected by climate change?

                “Climate change has certainly worsened the situation. If there is even a small drought, the wildlife has no space to find food. By 2050, there is a serious risk that the migration could collapse – it could even happen earlier.

                  Which is better Masai Mara or Serengeti?

                  Traditional African Culture: Masai Mara vs Serengeti
                  Masai Mara is the better option for your safari if you want to experience traditional African culture in addition to wildlife. The Masai Mara region of Kenya is home to the famous Maasai tribe known for their fierce warriors

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