The Great Migration is a natural phenomenon, as old as the land itself. Seasonal rainfall is the trigger that sparks the mass movement of mega herds in pursuit of the sweet, new grasses that wildebeest love.
Last year Safari experts were left “astounded” after hundreds of thousands of wildebeest began arriving in the central areas of the Serengeti in late march. The migration typically begins in early summer, but unusually dry conditions in the southern Serengeti have encouraged the animals to head north far earlier than usual.
It was one of the earliest sightings on record. This year the first group of about 2,000 wildebeests and zebras crossed the Mara River from Serengeti plains in Tanzania two weeks ago. Which was about two weeks before the annual tourism peak season in Masai Mara National Reserve. They crossed into the reserve at Sand River Gate.
The migration takes a full year to complete a single cycle. That means you can see it throughout the year but because the animals cross huge distances, certain highlights only happen in specific months.
The Mara Crossing is a dramatic river crossing which is best viewed in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve and is expected to continue till August or early October.
There’s plenty of well-located accommodation in the Masai Mara to enable you to experience the migration. For a faultless wildebeest migration safari, work with one of our African Safari Experts to create a tailor-made itinerary based on your requirements or choose one of our wildebeest migration packages. Our safari experts knowledge and experience of the migration means you’ll be in safe hands to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event.