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

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is one of Africa's premier national parks and is world renowned for its outstanding predator viewing and the unique spectacle of the Great Migration, which occurs every…

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The Mara Triangle (Mara Conservancy)

In the 1990's, the infamous Maasai Mara National Reserve was divided into 2 sectors, the eastern sector and the north eastern sector, known as the Mara triangle. The Mara Triangle…

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Tours and Trips

Great Migration Safari Tour

This safari tour has been specially planned in order to track the famous African Great Migration. The Great Migration is a spectacular annual natural phenomenon, in which enormous herds of…

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Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

The Migration and Gorilla Trekking Tour

Combine the world-famous wildebeest migration (either calving or river crossings) with seeing mountain gorillas in the wild on the epic Migration and Gorilla Trekking Tour.With easy access to the region…

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Duration: Variable
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

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

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

Wildlife Ratings

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