Wildebeest Migration Safari Guide 2023 – The great wildebeest migration is a spectacular natural wonder that occurs annually in East Africa and is a must-witness before you retire. Wildebeest migration in Tanzania and Kenya is the second largest terrestrial Mammal migration on earth – a natural wonder in the world. The phenomenon is one of the most sought-after experiences for wildlife and nature enthusiasts when planning safaris to Africa. The Great Migration is the ever-moving circular migration of millions of wildebeests and their entourage across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
Our complete Wildebeest Migration Safari Guide 2023 will help you plan your Migration safari in East Africa. The life-changing adventure can be witnessed all year round however since the mammal grazers are always in constant movement in trek for suitable pastures and water, different seasons and months of the year influence the location of these mammal grazers.
During January, the herds usually start their movement when the rains start in the southern plains, and just like in June, it’s a little difficult to predict when they start moving. The season or month is also referred to as the calving season – when female wildebeest are almost ready or give birth to young ones. The herds usually move to look for favorable grasslands to provide for the young calves.
During January, the herd can be spotted in the areas of North Ndutu as they move all way from Lobo.
The climax of the calving season is usually during February. During this period, Wildebeest and Zebra give birth to their offspring. The calving season is also an interesting period to go for wildebeest migration safaris since the young and helpless calves usually attract a number of predators to prey on them. Once the calves are bone, the herds don’t move much.
The best place to witness wildebeest calving in the past years has always been around the Lake Ndutu and Masek. You will probably witness the large herds gathering around the Matiti Hill, Ndutu, Naabi Hill the Goll Kopjes to the East Olduvai Gorge.
March usually receives fair rainfall amounts. Grasslands tend to be lush during this month of the year due to the fair rains. The lush grasslands provide ample feeding for the large wildebeest herds and their calves thus they usually move at a slower pace. The one-month-old calves make easy prey for predators – guaranteed sighting of Big cats during this month.
In March, large herds can be spotted within the Northern Ndutu area and there is a range of accommodation facilities for you to stay much closer to the areas of these mammal grazers within the Serengeti.
The month usually comes with long rains however, it isn’t a factor for you to cancel your wildebeest migration safari since the rains are usually in the evening and days are generally clear. The plains during this month are wet and the soils tend to be slippery. The experience during April is challenging however, it’s one of the recommended time for those who would wish to have a constant spotting of large herds of mammal grazers.
The best place to view the large herd during April is the Simba Kopjes region, Moru and Kusini.
May in Serengeti is associated with heavy rains and the plains are usually wet and slippery – tricky to navigate. The herds gather speed in May as the calves’ legs should have become fully operational.
The mammal grazers by this month move towards Lake Magadi, just north of Moru and south of Mokoma.
The rainy season stops during June. The plains are again lush and green. The wildebeests cover great distances. The favorite river crossing is witnessed in June at the Grumeti River – however, this is also dependent on the water levels of the river. The experience here is also just phenomenal like that at the Mara River since there is seldom enough water to produce the dramatic crossing experience.
You will need both the Nyamuma and Simiti Hills to have great wildebeest viewing during June.
July is generally a warm month. As the dry season approaches, the Serengeti landscape becomes more arid. The wildebeest herds begin moving faster in search of water and greener grass, making their way across the Grumeti River and Mara River.
The best place to spot wildebeest during this time is the Grumeti River.
The temperatures during August usually go up and the month is characterized by hot and humid patterns. The wildebeest will continue their search for greener grasses and water. The wildebeest will be tempted to cross the crocodile-infested Mara River – an epic encounter you won’t forget.
The herd will be crossing the international border between Kenya and Tanzania. Both sides of the River will give you a phenomenal wildebeest encounter
The dry season continues during September with dry weather. Most of the wildebeest will have crossed to Kenya’s Masia Mara National Reserve by this time and much of the herds will be in Kenya. The Mara will offer the green lush grasses to the mammal grazers that they will graze on before venturing the north Mara private conservancies.
The Masai Mara is the most preferable place to be to have a great wildebeest experience and this means crossing over from Tanzania to Kenya if you are trekking these mammals.
During October, the Dry season will approach the climax. You might even experience early rain in the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. During this period, the wildebeest herds are in Kenya’s Masai Mara, but will start moving slowly back to Serengeti.
November brings cooler weather, as the early rains start to fall in the Serengeti. The wildebeest herds are now in Serengeti, stationed in the Lobo, Mbuze Mawe, and Seronera Valley Areas.
The best place to be is the Seronera Valley area to have a great wildebeest migration experience during November
December is associated with cooler weather as the rains start to fall in the Serengeti. The wildebeest herds will move quicker now, as far south as possible, towards the southern Plains.
The place to be for wildebeest spotting during December is the southern planes and the central Serengeti.