When Is The Best Time To See The Great Migration?

There are a plenty of amazing things to see when you go on a safari. For many people it is the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures in the world, for others it is simply to enjoy the natural beauty of the country. 

One of the most amazing natural occurrences that you can see whilst you are on safari is The Great Migration, but what is it and when is the best time to see this happening for yourself?

What Is The Great Migration?

As the name suggests, The Great Migration is when wildebeest being to move around the Serengeti National Park and the Masaai Mara National Reserve. They do this in search of not only water, but also fresh grass too. Rather than just being a few creatures moving around the national park, you can expect to see as many as 1.5 million, which, when you see them as a shadow on the landscape against the background of a beautiful sunset, you can easily see how this is a memory that you will never forget.

When Is Best To See It?

Now you know more about The Great Migration and just how special it can be, then you are going to want to know how you can see it for yourself. The key thing to remember about this particular migration is that it is not a simple “this is when it happens” timeframe. In fact, it is actually a cycle that moves through the entire year.


December-February- November is the rainy time in Tanzania and once the rains have cleared the grasses that the Wildebeest are searching for start to grow and emerge. The herds move into the Serengeti plains in the south and they begin to calve. During this short time-frame of only a few months, there are as many as half a million babies born, however, it is also the time when the predators (such as hyenas) will being to come into the area in search of what they see as an easy meal.

March and April- Once the calving has finished, the herds will start to move on to the more central part of the plains. They will swell in size as they move and they start to move towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

May and June- At this point there are as many as 1.5 million wildebeest, along with 250,000 zebras and gazelles, all meeting and making their way to the North. This particular part of the journey even takes them across the Grumeti River, which is known to be crocodile infested, making for a dramatic viewing.

July and August- The population, after coming together in such an awe-inspiring way, will start to disperse during this time. Some will head through the Serengeti, which is another great chance to see a mass crossing of the Mara River.

As you can see, there are plenty of chances for you to be able to see The Great Migration, however, the time of year will depend on what part of the Migration process you will get to see. Regardless, we can promise you that there is something amazing about seeing this powerful and majestic animals make their move around the area.