Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest Migration

The Wildebeest Migration across the Serengeti is a Natural Wonder of the World. As the location of the migration varies depending on the time of year you choose to visit the best places to stay change also. There is a range of different options from camping to 5* luxury lodges.

The calving season begins in January. This coincides with the rain and lush new grass. The migration is lead by approximately 750,000 zebra. Around 1.2 million wildebeest follow them along with a few hundred thousand assorted antelopes.

During February the wildebeest spend their time on the short grass plains and give birth to around 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period. The calves are born together to give them more chance of survival as predators target the young but they cannot eat them all! If any calves are born early they rarely survive.

In May the animals start to move north west as the rains end. They tend to remain around the Grumeti River until late June.

In July the main migration of heading north, arriving on the Kenyan border late July or early August and they stay in the Mara for the rest of the dry season.

In early November as the short rains start the migration begins moving south again, heading for Ndutu's short grass plains arriving in December

Recent changes in climate have resulted in a less predictable pattern, but there are many mobile tented camps in Serengeti these days that follow the animals, so it's easily possible for us to plan your trip staying in the best place for viewing.


  • All the Parks visited are really wonderful, especially Ruaha and the "king" Katavi that worth absolutely the long trip (at least in our point of view). Yahaya and Salim are like two friends.

    Massimo Randi

    Austria, Jul 2013

  • Thank you very much for the organization of our Safari. We were really happy with our guide Henry and our cook. Everything was great. Henry was a wonderful guide, always on time.

    Cline Gardiol

    Switzerland, Jan 2013

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

  • The programme was excellent and we saw masses of game, less a leopard! So, entirely happy customers. Thank you for your efficient handling of the whole trip.

    Christopher Lee

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

  • We had a wonderful trip. Thanks very much to you, Wild Things and to Abbas for putting together such a memorable safari for us.

    Kathryn Woof

    United Kingdom, Dec 2013

  • We had a most wonderful safari--thank you! Salim and Yahaya were great. We'll be sure to suggest Wild Things to any friends who may be thinking of visiting Tanzania.

    Sheri Six

    United States of America, Sept 2013

  • We had a really great vacation on the Southern Circuit in Tanzania and wonderfully facilitated by our driver/guide Salim who was really first class - a great representative of Wild Things.

    Steve Wallis

    Belgium, Oct 2013