THE GREAT MIGRATION Photo: Angma Mara

THE GREAT MIGRATION

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.”

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.

There are plenty of accommodation options in the regions through which the herds move. We suggest an itinerary that will include migration viewing for a few days, as well as a few days in an alternative region of the Serengeti. This way you will be able to experience other game as well.

Tailored Ventures can offer you a variety of accommodation options. These include a mobile tented camp for an authentic safari experience in order to get the best of the Great Migration, or a luxurious lodge. Or perhaps both! Our travel specialists are ready to create a tailor-made itinerary based on your requirements. Our knowledge and experience in this area will give you peace of mind for a seamless and once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

The Great Migration experiences in Tanzania and Kenya can also be combined with a stay in Rwanda to experience Gorilla Trekking, or a beach break in nearby Zanzibar.

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