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Serengeti migration action happens all year round. There’s no start and no end as it passes through East Africa’s plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara north of Ngorongoro Crater.

The Serengeti migration - how to get it right!

No year is the same either. It’s just a dynamic cycle of life as around 1.5 million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra move through the seasons. This is a great body of wild animals in search of food and water as it navigates around mountains and across rivers. They split up then congregate again through their breeding and foaling season.

This is really the “greatest show on earth”. Also one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. The annual wildebeest migration is very accessible but there are a few secrets on how to get it right.

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Three Serengeti Secrets

There’s action happening every day of the year. But the changing seasons bring short rains, dry spells and then long rains. The migration gathers then moves then gathers again.

So do the tourist hordes at certain times of year. In the strangest of places a lot of the time too!

Here’s the key…

  • Be in the right places.
  • Visit at the right time of year.
  • Get into the company of some of Africa’s top safari guides.

The Serengeti, the Mara and Beyond

East Africa offers immense habitat diversity across great plains, up volcanic peaks into deep rift valleys.

  • But there’s lots more in Tanzania and Kenya.
  • From desolate frontier lands up further north down to remote and wild places deeper in the south.
  • There’s more again too in Ethiopia.
  • Also Uganda and Rwanda.

East Africa is a naturalist’s paradise, an adventurer’s playground. It’s wide screen Africa at its best.

Don’t short change yourself when planning a safari into East Africa. Do your research. Ask questions.

Find out more about the Serengeti Migration

  • See how the annual wildebeest migration works. What it’s all about. In theory and in practice. See a map of the wider Serengeti eco-system. Also where the migration is found through the seasons. Find out where and when to catch the famous “river crossings” on the Grumeti and Mara Rivers. Understand how the “short” and the “long” rains in Tanzania and Kenya affect the migration and its annual movement. Find out when the best times to see the migration occur. Understand where the best places are to see the Serengeti migration. Figure out how to deal with the crowds or better still, how to avoid them altogether.
  • Explore other safaris in Tanzania. Trips that go beyond the traditional northern circuit down south to Selous and Ruaha. Also into the remoter parts of Katavi and Mahale in western Tanzania.
  • Consider safaris in Kenya that go beyond the Masai Mara. Into the Laikipia, Meru and Northern Frontier District. Where families and friends find secret spots away from the regular tourist crowds.
  • Look at a few sample migration safaris. That make use of some of Africa’s best safari guides, in the quietest places where wildlife is plentiful through the seasons.

Some typical safaris in the Serengeti ecosystem

10 days of luxury in Tanzania's traditional northern circuit including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and and Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s traditional northern circuit includes Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

A 9 day Serengeti migration safari.

The migration safari from Arusha into Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Northern Serengeti.

Step back into Kenya's safari history through the Masai Mara and Northern Frontier District for Serengeti migration

Step back into Kenya’s safari history through the Masai Mara and Northern Frontier District

Choose Zambezi Safari & Travel Co for authentic adventures


  • We’re an independent family-owned African safari company with a strong team that’s grown up, lived, worked and travelled extensively through Africa; we’re experts at turning African safari dreams into long-lasting memories.
  • We customise all of our safaris. So any “tours” that you’ve seen online are only typical of what we do. Suggestions depend on your interests, time of year that you travel, game conditions in our areas and best available options within budget.
  • Working with the top professional African safari guides we’ll take you to the fringe areas, for the best wildlife away from the mainstream safari routes, to experience the real Africa.

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