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Great Migration Pattern in Serengeti.

Great Migration Pattern in Serengeti.

When does the wildebeest migration start, and where to stay during the great migration? In this article we are going to find out about the great migration pattern in Serengeti.

The timing of the wildebeest migration can vary slightly from year to year, depending on weather patterns and the availability of water and grazing in the Serengeti ecosystem.

Our lodges in Serengeti are well positioned to follow the herd of the great migration to whatever location they are. Below is the general guideline the migration typically follow each year and which of our lodge is close by:

    1. Calving Season (January to March):

      The wildebeest calving season usually occurs in the southern Serengeti plains around January to March. During this time, thousands of wildebeest give birth to their young calves, attracting predators like lions and cheetahs. Combining Gnu Ndutu Camp and Mawe Camp will ensure you have great chances of seeing the herd.

    • Westward Migration (April to Mid-June):

      As the rainy season ends, the wildebeest move westward and northward in search of greener pastures. This is when the first stages of the migration begin. Mawe Camp is the ideal place to see the great migration. Due to its location, the herd can be accessed from the Western corridor of Grumeti or Ikoma.

    • Crossing the Grumeti River (Mid-June to July):

      By June, the wildebeest herds are often found around the Grumeti River in the western Serengeti, where they face the challenge of crossing the crocodile-infested river. A combination of Mawe Camp and Gnu Mara River Migration Camp will be the best as the herd tends to split between Grumeti, Ikoma, and Kogatende; staying at both lodges gives a higher chance of encountering them.

    • Moving North to the Mara River (July to August):

      After crossing the Grumeti River, the herds continue their journey northward, often reaching the Mara River in the northern Serengeti by July or August. Gnu Mara River Camp is the best to stay during this time.

    • Crossing the Mara River (July to September):

      The Mara River crossing is one of the most iconic and dramatic moments of migration—Wildebeest attempt to cross the river while facing the risk of crocodile attacks and other dangers. Gnu Mara River Camp is the best to stay during this time.

    • Returning to the Serengeti (October to November):

      The wildebeest journey back southward to the Serengeti as the dry season ends, following the rains and fresh grazing. A combination of Mawe Camp and Gnu Mara River Camp will be the best as the herd tends to split between Lobo, Togoro, Central-Eastern Serengeti, and Kogatende; staying at both lodges gives a higher chance of encountering them.

It’s important to note that these approximate timings can vary from year to year…
The exact timing of the migration depends on factors like rainfall patterns and food availability. Suppose you’re planning to witness the wildebeest migration; the best will be to check with us for a recent update and better advice.

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