The great wildebeest migration is one of the natural wonders of Africa. An incredible wildlife phenomenon documented by National Geographic, Sir David Attenborough and the world’s best wildlife photographers. An experience that is on the top of every wildlife enthusiast’s bucket list. Or if it’s not, it should be. Thousands upon thousands of wildebeest moving powerfully across vast dusty savannas, filling the plains for as far as the eye can see, crossing mightly rivers where eager crocodiles lay in wait hoping to catch a feast. Predators, such as lion and leopard, follow, picking out the weak from the crowd, and hyenas scavenge on the remains. The reason for this mass rotational movement of wildlife from Kenya’s Masai Mara to the Serengeti in Tanzania is rain fall. After the long rains in April and May new grass grows across the Serengeti. The wildebeest make their way north eating the fresh sweet grass, together with zebra and other plains game (each eating different parts of the vegetation). The herds reach the northern Serengeti around July and cross the mighty Mara River into Kenya’s Masai Mara, where the unlucky ones are taken down by lurking predators beneath the surface. However rain fall patterns are not set in stone, so the movement of the animals changes if the rains are early or late or, as occurred in 2014, they could turn back if it rains twice! Our Africa&You experts keep a close eye on migration patterns each year and will advise on the best months to visit and on where to stay to get the best sightings.
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Browse some of the great migration itineraries we’ve created in the past . Like what you see? Let us design an itinerary exclusively for you.
12 Nights / 13 Days
Spend the first night in Nairobi before you start the safari with the great highlight of the Masai Mara where the exclusive game drives and bush walks will afford you the opportunity to spot the famous African Big 5 and other wildlife. You will proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park, moving down south, you will start the safari adventure at Amboseli National Park with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. After enjoying the Kenyan section you will cross over to Tanzania and visit the Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and finish off with Tarangire National Park. A spectacular 13 day safari.
8 Nights / 9 Days
Taking our little ones out of their natural habitat is always challenging but it should not stop us from travelling. This itinerary will be a proper education for your children and at the same time makes sure you enjoy a "home-away-from-home" safari and beach experience. What better place to go on safari than in the Serengeti after which you will fly directly to Zanzibar for some wholesome family fun on the beach.