As one of our planet’s last intact migrations, the annual movement of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores – more than 2 million animals total – across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the most impressive spectacles in the natural world. Our central location in the Serengeti National Park gives you direct access to migration viewing throughout the year.
The never-ending cycle of the migration means that the animals are perpetually on the move in search of food, with local weather and the growth of grass influencing where the migratory herds will be. Depending on your stay’s timing, tailor your itinerary to experience the most striking views of the season.
- The Green Season | January – March
After the short November/December rains, marvel at the herds as they converge on the Serengeti’s rich southern plains to graze ahead of the wildebeest calving season that begins in February.
- Picture Time | April – May
Following the earlier rains, the park is lush and green, making the rich nature and clarity of the air perfect for photography. Snap away as the herds begin heading northward where they are often seen in central Serengeti.
- Arid Landscape | June – July
Through lack of rain, the trees and plants begin to lose their colour, providing greater camouflage for big cat predators and keeping the herds on the move. Watch as the dense masses of wildebeest cross the Grumeti River or reach the very north of the park by July’s end.
- The Dry Months | August – October
Observe the herds crossing the Mara River to reach Kenya’s Masai Mara, where grazing is abundant. As the clouds begin to form once more over Serengeti, herds of wildebeest return across the river into central Serengeti.
- The Short Rains | November – December
As the much-needed rains begin, the migration returns southward through the Serengeti National Park. Witness the year-end movement toward the southern plains as the annual cycle concludes, only to begin again.