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Great Wildebeest Migration

The Great Migration traditionally follows the rains to take advantage of the new grasses on the plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara.  If you would like to see a list of Great Migrations packages then click here. Theoretically if traditional weather patterns occurred annually, the following would a basic idea of how the migration moves throughout the year:

Great Wildebeest (Animal) Migration Map


Ndutu region Tanzania (late December/early January)

Traditionally this is when the calves are born.  The migration remains sedentary until April when the calves are strong enough to start moving north.

Serengeti Tanzania (early April/May/June)

The great migration begins moving North West following the "long rains" across the Serengeti plains towards the Western Corridor and the Grumeti River.

Western Corridor Tanzania (June/July)

The animals gather in the Western Corridor.

Masai Mara Kenya (August/September)

The great migration crosses the Grumeti River and moves north East into the Northern Steppes of the Masai Mara.

Masai Mara Kenya/Northern Tanzania/Serengeti (October/November/early December)

As the short rains begin in northern Tanzania the great migration begins to move South back into the Kleins/Lobo region of the Serengeti.  From here they follow the rains through to Seronera and end up at Ndutu for the calving season.


The fact that that the great migration follows the rains there is no hard and fast rule as to where the animals will be. Often the animals split into 2 groups as they move resulting in a group moving on the western side and a group moving on the eastern side of the Serengeti, finally meeting up at Ndutu or in the Mara.

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