The Migration

The endless plains of east Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – the pounding of more than 6 million hooves. From the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne coloured hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara over 1 million wildebeest, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle and some 200,000 zebra, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.

The prescise timing of this incredible event is hard to predict, as the path of the Wildebeest migration is dependant on rain. The animals follow the path of the rain in order to feed off the new grass whilst also being close to a good water supply. Please find below a general guide to the migration.

From December to February the Wildebeest smell rain and congregate in the Serengeti Region. In the Serengeti an estimated 400,000 wildebeest calves are born during a six week period early each year - usually between late January and mid-March. From March to May/June, the Wildebeest migration moves North following the rain, to the Lake Victoria region. From July to August the Wildebeest migration heads east to the Masai Mara in Kenya, returning South across the Tanzanian border around November.

You may be lucky enough to witness this incredible event on any of our East Africa camping, lodge, or private safaris. Here's a selection of them...

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