Contrary to popular belief, this phenomenon occurs all year round In the Serengeti. The Wildebeest Migration passes through many different parts of the Serengeti moving in a clockwise direction. The animals that it attracts can be found in different places at different times of the year. The migration is driven by the wildebeest’s instincts to find fresh grazing and water. The massive herds finally end up at Kenya’s Maasai Mara around July/August every year, before moving in a southerly direction once again. This spectacle is often on many travellers’ bucket lists when they plan to travel to Africa, and is referred to as the “greatest wildlife show on earth.”
Your visit needs to be carefully planned. The Wildebeest Migration is a fluid, dynamic affair which travels between two countries―Kenya and Tanzania. It is also subject to the timing of that year’s rains. It can easily be an event of different experiences, as it is dependent on where you are and at what time. You may see the wildebeest herds courting, giving birth, moving in great dusty columns, or funnelling across muddy rivers.
It is drama on a truly epic scale with the migrating herds undergoing all manner of challenges as they move from region to region. The huge herds also attract a large number of predators, so if you are looking for your big cats, this is the place to be.