April - May
This period is known as the onset of the long rains and the herds start moving towards the central part of the Serengeti in search of fresh grass. They tend to split into various large groups, some beginning to head to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti towards Lake Victoria and others remain in Central and North Central Serengeti around the Seronera River. As the circle of life needs to continue this is also when the wildebeest start to mate again as their gestation period can be up to 9 months in length.
Good time to go?
It is not a good time for the concentrations of other animals as the rains have meant there are water sources all over the Serengeti, while in the dry months the animals tend to concentrate around the remaining watering holes. Also, with the rains comes the long grass, making game viewing a little harder. However in terms of seeing the migration it is a great time. You will also get to see plenty of the other animals, as they don’t disappear, but rather that they are scattered. Another plus for this time of year is that there are fewer people in the park and the hotel rates are upto 50% cheaper. You do however need to be aware that rain is likely.
Our picks for where to stay to see the Migration from April - May
Serengeti Serena Lodge (Serengeti)
– Sitting adjacent to the Western Corridor and Grumeti River – the lodge’s domed rondavels blend nicely into the natural landscape. The lodge also benefits from a sparkling infinity pool that looks out across the plains of the Serengeti.
Serengeti Sopa Lodge (Serengeti)
- Sitting in the South-western Serengeti, Sopa Lodge surprisingly doesn’t have the traditional thatched roof of most lodges in the area, instead opting for a flat one which is often turned into a cocktail reception area. Local furnishings adorn the 69 rooms which also all have private verandas for perfect game viewing.
Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp (Serengeti)
– Benefitting from only 16 spacious luxury tents, Mbuzi Mawe in the Western Serengeti offers a more intimate safari experience. The Mbuzi Mawe also offers the magical Balloon Safari and Bush Breakfast giving the ultimate views of the Serengeti from the comfort of a hot air balloon.