14 May

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the most spectacular and thrilling displays of wildlife behavior, involving the movement of over 2 million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in East Africa

This annual migration is a circular journey, triggered by the rains and the animals' search for fresh grazing and water


*Timing and Route*

The migration is a year-round phenomenon, with different stages offering unique wildlife experiences

The popular river crossings, which coincide with the peak safari season, usually occur between June and October

However, the migration starts with the wildebeest birthing season in late January or February in the short-grass plains of the Ngorongoro Crater highlands and around Olduvai Gorge

The herds then move northwest towards the central Serengeti, and by May, they start to congregate by the Moru Kopjes

The migration continues with the wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle grazing as they go along, eventually crossing the Grumeti River


*Predicting River Crossings*

Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict exactly when the wildebeest will cross the rivers, as their movements are influenced by various factors, including the rains and the availability of fresh grazing

This unpredictability makes it essential to have as much time on safari as possible to increase the chances of witnessing a river crossing


*Best Time for a Migration Safari with Fisi Africa Safaris*

The best time for a migration safari depends on the specific events or experiences that interest you

If you want to witness the calving season and the drama of big cats on the hunt, the southern Serengeti is the place to be in late January or February

For the river crossings, the peak safari season from June to October is the best time

If you prefer fewer tourists and lower prices, May can be a good option, as it is considered low season

*Challenges and Dangers*

The Great Migration is not without its challenges and dangers. The wildebeest must cross crocodile-infested rivers, face predation, and deal with natural disasters like droughts and flooding

Despite these obstacles, the migration is an incredible spectacle that attracts many tourists to Kenya and Tanzania every year