Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara form the backdrop for one of the most spectacular shows on earth — the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Each year, some two million or so wildebeest, accompanied by thousands of zebras and gazelles, move in a clockwise circle between Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara (which, together, form one continuous ecosystem), following the rains in search of fresh pasture and water. The animals cover a distance of nearly 3,000 kilometers annually (approximately 1,864 miles), a journey that is not without its dangers; each year more than 250,000 wildebeest die in the mouths of predators or because of injury or exhaustion.
The most important part of planning a Great Migration safari is understanding that the Migration is a natural phenomenon influenced by rain patterns, since where there is rain, there is fresh pasture (i.e., food). If witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration is on your bucket list, please bear in mind that rain patterns can vary from year to year, especially with worldwide climate change. While we will do everything possible to place you in a location that gives you the best chances of witnessing this incredible wildlife spectacle, it is difficult to provide any guarantees. Our travel consultants will be happy to discuss with you the likely location of the herds depending on your travel dates. Planning your migration safari is best done far in advance, as suitable accommodation (located in the right areas at the right times of year) is pre-booked months ahead.