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The Great Migration

With close to 2 million wildebeest on the move, along with thousands of zebras, the annual migration is a spectacular wildlife movement that takes place throughout the year. Most visitors are familiar with the “Great Migration”, which takes place in both Tanzania and Kenya, at the Mara River, where the herds cross every year, to follow the rain and to seek for food. However, for the rest of the year, as the migrating herd move from the Mara River back to Central Serengeti and down to the Southern plains, each season marks an unique pattern, a different landscape, and all kinds of thrilling action.

Serengeti National Park is quite simply the most magnificent wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and wilderness.
It is also the only remaining natural grazing ecosystem to be found on Earth. From vast open plains with bright gold sunsets to steamy riverbanks and towers of granite boulders, the Serengeti throbs with life in the endless rhythm of the Great Migration.

Migration Cycle

JANUARY

Temperature

high: 27°C/81°F
low: 17°C/63°F

The migration reaches Serengeti’s short grass plains, Ndutu.

FEBRUARY

Temperature

high: 26°C/79°F
low: 16°C/61°F

Enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra congregate on the plains after the first rains. It is now calving season.

MARCH

Temperature

high: 26°C/79°F
low: 15°C/59°F

The migration reaches Serengeti’s short grass plains, Ndutu.

APRIL

Temperature

high: 27°C/81°F
low: 17°C/63°F

Migration shifts to Moru Kopjes and Seronera areas. Rain season begins.

MAY

Temperature

high: 26°C/79°F
low: 16°C/61°F

Parts of the migration head through the Western Corridor before proceeding north, others simply filter north via Seronera channel.

JUNE

Temperature

high: 26°C/79°F
low: 15°C/59°F

The migration crosses Grumeti River, facing hungry crocodiles – an annual feast for the giant Nile crocodiles.

JULY

Temperature

high: 27°C/81°F
low: 17°C/63°F

The migration continues Northwards through Grumeti Reserve, Ikorongo Controlled Area and Lobo.

AUGUST

Temperature

high: 26°C/79°F
low: 16°C/61°F

The dry season is well under way and the herds congregate near the Mara River.

SEPTEMBER

Temperature

high: 27°C/81°F
low: 17°C/63°F

The wildebeests and zebras endeavor the most difficult part of their migration journey, crossing the river and over to Masai Mara.

OCTOBER

Temperature

high: 27°C/81°F
low: 17°C/63°F

By mid to late October, the herds sense the upcoming arrival of the short rain and its journey Southward.

NOVEMBER

Temperature

high: 26°C/79°F
low: 16°C/61°F

Short rains have begun and all are heading South, through Western Loliondo, the Lobo and Seronera areas.

DECEMBER

Temperature

high: 26°C/79°F
low: 15°C/59°F

Short-grass plains are rejuvenated and migration returns for fresh grazing and preparing for the calving season.

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