Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration is one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world. Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration is an annual movement by millions of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elands and impalas across the greater Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari

From July to September the Mara welcomes the Great Migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. During the wildebeest migration, you will witness how the constant battle for survival makes the Migration Season a particularly exhilarating time to visit Masai Mara.

The Mara River crossing activity is considered the climax of the migration period. Mara River crossing is an event that will take you through a range of emotions: anticipation, heartache, inspiration, excitement and so much more. The sheer sight of the first herds of animals rushing into the crocodile-infested river will make you long for this wildebeest migration every year.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari

Each year, almost two million wildebeest and 20 000 plains game migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti to the south of Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of lush grazing grounds and life-giving water. This treacherous odyssey is dictated by the seasons and where the rains are, the wildebeest are not far behind. This epic journey from north to south spans almost 3000 kilometers and is virtually endless. This great spectacle of nature is an iconic safari option for avid travelers, nature lovers and those who want a little more from their African experience.

Rather than having a start or end point, the Great Migration moves rhythmically in a clockwise direction, making herd tracking unpredictable. It is for this reason that our Herd tracker app was created; to help you track the wildebeests’ movements and plan the safari of a lifetime. Choose from our existing safari packages or tailor-make your own journey according to your budget.

What is the Great Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration?

Each year, almost two million wildebeest and 20 000 plains game migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti to the south of Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of lush grazing grounds and life-giving water. This treacherous odessey is dictated by the seasons and where the rains are, the wildebeest are not far behind. This epic journey from north to south spans almost 3000 kilometers and is virtually endless.

This great spectacle of nature is an iconic safari option for avid travelers, nature lovers and those who want a little more from their African experience.

Rather than having a start or end point, the Great Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration moves rhythmically in a clockwise direction, making herd tracking unpredictable. It is for this reason that our Herd tracker app was created; to help you track the wildebeests’ movements and plan the safari of a lifetime. Choose from our existing Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration packages or tailor-make your own journey according to your budget.

Below, you’ll find some useful resources that detail when to go, where to stay and what to expect along this unforgettable Masai Mara Migration journey. Our experienced safari experts as well as affiliate camps and guides on the ground all work together to provide you with up-to-date information on where the herds are, as well as the predators that stalk them.

When and why does the Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration ?

The Great Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration is an annual circle of life. Wildebeests, Gazelles and Zebras move through the Serengeti to the Mara and back in a year, and the cycle repeats itself. What motivates their migration? Food. They start of at the south, move to the western side then to the north and back to the south again. As each place dries up, they move to the next. According to observations of all the previous years, the pattern has been found to be (but not strictly) as follows:

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari

Late December to March: The herds are beginning to move back to the South of Serengeti from the north. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the south is now populated by short nutritious grasses. This provides the favorable environment for the herds to have their calves. Mid-February is actually considered a calving season, an estimated 400,000 calves are born during this period. It is also an interesting period for those who love game, as the calving season attracts a good number of lions, cheetahs and hyenas to the herds.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration in Late March to Early May: The herds begin migrating towards the north as the rich nutritious grass is now not sufficient to sustain the endless herds. They split and some move towards the central of Serengeti but the most migrate towards the western corridor. At the beginning of June, the herds are concentrated around Grumeti River in the West. They reside here for the three months as they wait to proceed north.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari

July-October: By late June, things are beginning to dry up. The herds begin moving to their next destination point, the North/The Mara. You can still catch wildebeest migration around the western side during the early times of the month but the chances become slimmer as you move into the other months. Because the herds are split, the migration can be spread over huge distances. The zebras might be the first to arrive in the Mara followed by the Wildebeests later on. The Mara River is towards the northern side and the most spectacular river crossing awaits during this period. Game watching is fantastic during this time with almost guaranteed daily river crossing, with hungry crocodiles present in the rivers.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration in November/December: The herds begin to move towards the southern part of Serengeti with its short green grass, and to begin another cycle again.

Masai Mara Migration Safari Packages

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5 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari

5 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari Package takes to Masai Mara to witness the great migration safari. 5 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari Package provides an opportunity to Masai Mara a popular sight to observed the migration between the months of July and October

6 Days Masai Mara Migration Wildebeest Adventures

6 Days Masai Mara Migration Wildebeest Adventures is almost a week’s safari and will blow your mind when you visit the Maasai plains which are full of adventure. Book our 6 Days Masai Mara Migration Wildebeest Adventures for the best wildebeest migration experience,

6 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari Holiday

6 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari Holiday in Kenya’s takes us to Masai Mara National park.  6 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration safari Holiday not only provides for the opportunity to witness the migration, but also to see all the big five

7 Days Kenya Tanzania Game Viewing Adventure

7 Days Kenya Tanzania Game Viewing Adventure is a 7 days exciting and unforgettable safari which starts in Nairobi and ends in Kilimanjaro airport.  7 Days Kenya Tanzania Game Viewing Adventure is a Game Viewing road adventure which takes you to some of the best destinations in Kenya and Tanzania. 

8 Days Wildebeest Migration Spectacle Safari

8 Days Wildebeest Migration Spectacle Safari is a dramatic story. The 8 Days Wildebeest Migration Spectacle Safari is a perfect safari for a guest who wants to experience the beauty and drama of the migration in elegance and style.

9 Days Kenya Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Holiday

9 Days Kenya Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Holiday Package is unforgettable safari that brings you to the majestic of both Serengeti and Masai Mara National Park.

9 Days Kenya Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Tour

9 Days Kenya Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Tour Safari is a quick and short safari covering Kenya and Tanzania being accommodated in 4 and 5 star Lodges and camps. 9 Days Kenya Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Tour Safari begins in Arusha and ends in Nairobi with transport done by road.

10 Days Kenya Tanzania Migration Tour Adventure

10 Days Kenya Tanzania Migration Tour Adventure is a dream itinerary which is specifically designed to follow the Great Migration at Masai Mara and at Serengeti. The 10 Days Kenya Tanzania Migration Tour Adventure will spend some days at Masai Mara and then move to northern Serengeti

10 Days Wildebeest Migration & Gorilla Tour

10 Days Wildebeest Migration & Gorilla Tour, The Wildebeest Migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, then 10 Days Wildebeest Migration & Gorilla Tour has it be it. From mid-June to October more than a million wildebeest,

10 Days Wildebeest Migration Safari Package

10 Days Wildebeest Migration Safari Package across the Savannah plains to Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya which is considered the world phenomena and certainly a life time experience. Our 10 Days Wildebeest Migration Safari Package and Mara River crossing includes other Kenya parks like Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha.

3 Days Maasai Mara Wildebeest Migration Package
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3 Days Maasai Mara Wildebeest Migration Package

2 Days Masai Mara National Park Budget Tour takes us to Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of Kenya’s best national parks for game viewing. This 2 Days Masai Mara National Park Budget Tour is a short safari trips that ensures that you do not miss out on anything that a person taking a 2-day safari will do.

4 Days Masai Mara Migration Safari

4 Days Masai Mara Migration Safari takes us to Masai Mara which is the most famous and popular safari destination in Kenya, if not anywhere in Africa. Its mosaic of rolling hills, open grassland and acacia woodland supports a quite incredible profusion and variety of wildlife.