Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9
Mammals: 9.5
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7

Lookout for

Elephant
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Waterbuck
Eland
Warthog
Baboon
Great Migration

One of life’s most amazing journeys is the migration of thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and zebra across the plains of east Africa followed closely by numerous predators. The core of the action takes place on the plains of the Serengeti (Tanzania) and the Maasai Mara. Game viewing remains strong throughout the year even when the bulk of the herds have moved on so one won’t be disappointed with making a trip here outside of the Migration months. Being predominantly grassland interspersed with patches of woodland makes for ideal game viewing. High densities of game viewer vehicles and safari operators can be noticed in certain areas but the private camps and lodges are suitably exclusive. Lying next to the Serengeti is the Ngorongoro Crator which is an extinct volcano within which high densities of large game thrive.

Useful Information

The best times to go to view the Migration are as follows:

  • Serengeti: December – March
  • Western Corridor: April – May
  • Grumeti River Crossing- early July
  • Mara River Crossing – late July
  • Maasai Maa Plains – September – November

Please note these are approximate dates and change slightly dependent on the rains.

 

Parks and Reserves (click on the links below)

Masai Mara

Serengeti National Park

The Mara Triangle (Mara Conservancy)

Tours and Trips (click on the links below)

The Migration and Gorilla Trekking Tour

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Cheetah
Elephant
Wildebeest
Zebra

BIRDS
Secretary Bird
Crowned Crane
Ostrich
Kori Bustard
Tawny Eagle

REPTILES
African Rock Python
Black-necked Spitting Cobra
Nile Crocodile

TREES
Umbrella Thorn
Candelabra Tree
Baobab

HABITAT TYPES
Open Grassland
Savannah
Riverine
Salt Lakes
Rocky Outcrops