Highlights of Tanzania

The Migration

Scroll

The annual migration of over two million animals through the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is certainly one of the world’s great wildlife events. Dominated by wildebeest but also involving zebras, gazelles and expectant carnivores, its timing varies according to the annual rains.

The short rains begin in late October or November, drawing the herds from the Mara through the Northern Corridor towards the plains of the south. By late December the migration usually settles in the southern plains, often spreading as far as Ngorongoro. The animals remain there for a number of months bearing their young in late January and February. Around April the migration starts to move again, passing through the central Seronera area and spilling into the Western Corridor during May and June. The herds usually pass back through the Northern Corridor in July and spend the rest of July, August and September crisscrossing the border with the Maasai Mara, requiring many crossings of the Mara River.

Despite its size the Serengeti is relatively easy to traverse, enabling interception of the migration wherever it occurs: however, for the most rewarding spectacle involving the least amount of travel it is of course best to stay at a lodge close to the migration route.

Accommodation Near

The Migration

Serengeti Serena Lodge

Offers superb, year-round big game viewing, even directly in front of ...

Serengeti Safari Camp

Embodying all that is great in East Africa bush camping...

Lamai Serengeti

Destined to be one of the iconic lodges of Africa, this relatively new...

Mbuzi Mawe

Particularly well situated for observing the great wildebeest migratio...

Inspiration

Wildlife Holiday Ideas

Tanzania
11 Days
Price from
£5998
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Tanzania
12 Days
Price from
£5845
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Tanzania
11 Days
Price from
£7249
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Tanzania
12 Days
Price from
£4949
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Tanzania
12 Days
Price from
£3658
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Rwanda Tanzania
10 Days
Price from
£5445
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour
Tanzania
7 Days
Price from
£2776
GEOIP Not Available
Tour type
Tailor-Made Tour