Wildebeest Migration

Witness the Magnificent Wildebeest Migration

Nothing you’ve ever seen can capture the real scope of the annual wildebeest migration from Tanzania into Kenya. As they cross the Mara River, the great herds keep company with zebras and antelopes offering you an opportunity to witness one of nature’s most amazing spectacles. The massive migration runs from July through September.

Experience the Great Wildebeest Migration

This massive migration takes place every year just as it has for countless centuries. It’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, and nothing like it occurs anywhere else on earth. A chance to witness the sheer numbers and powerful spectacle of it all belongs on your bucket list of extraordinary traveling experiences.

The annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti into Kenya courses a round-trip distance of over 1800 miles. More than 2 million of these magnificent creatures cross the Mara River between July and September. This window of time is your opportunity to be a part of nature’s most incredible pilgrimage.

An Endless Journey

In a way, the cycle has no beginning and no end. The largest concentration of wildebeest on the planet follows a natural drive to mate and expand the herds as it stays on the move for ample grazing and fresh water sources. Its clockwise journey covers two countries and takes a year to complete.

Africa’s wildebeest travel an unmarked highway that holds both the miracle of life and the drama of death. Calves born early in the year follow parents and fall to predators. Grasslands that support the herds give way to overgrazing as the wildebeest march on in the company of zebras, impalas and gazelles.

Your Customized Experience

When we arrange your trip to see the wildebeest migration, we offer a variety of options ranging from group safaris to private safari tours. You tell us how you’d like to plan your journey, and we customize the details accordingly.

Your experience as part of this legendary migration can start at a luxury bush camp, or you can sail above the wildebeest in a hot air balloon. It can be a one-of-a-kind excursion or an extensive tour that includes Big Five tracking, mountain gorilla trekking and more. If you’ve ever dreamed about it, we can make it happen.

Memories of a Lifetime

As one of Kenya’s most respected outfitters, DK Grand Safaris invites you to join us on an unforgettable journey into the endless expanse of Masai Mara. Our knowledgeable safari directors do more than guide you to the location of the world’s most famous animal migration. We help you see it so that you understand it and truly experience it.

When you witness the wildebeest migration, you become a part of something that countless others can only imagine. When the power and scope of this incredible natural event brings you back to us in the future, you know we’re at your call with the finest touring and safari services available. It’s our pleasure to turn all the dreams on your bucket list into memories that last a lifetime.

The Great River Crossing

Guests who make arrangements to experience this unparalleled migration always ask about the legendary river crossing. As the wildebeest move up from Tanzania into Kenya, they forge the wild Mara River. Over a period of several months, the almost-endless surge of wildebeest fend off crocodiles in the water and big cats on the banks. This clash between prey and predator takes place on a breathtaking scale. It plays out as one of nature’s most stunning pageants in the remarkable ecosystem of Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Preserve.

A Timeline Overview

We’re often asked about the best dates for traveling to Africa for the wildebeest migration. Our safari schedules run year-round, but the Mara river crossings begin in June and only slow down towards the end of September. If you plan on exploring Masai Mara Game Preserve, we highly recommend including the migration on your itinerary.

To help you decide on the best time to book your trip to Africa, we offer this brief overview of the wildebeest journey from Tanzania into Kenya and back again.

January and February

Ample rainfall and plentiful grazing in the Serengeti mark calving season for the wildebeest. As the herd’s numbers increase, its need for more grassland starts the great migration.

March Through June

The last calves are born by March as the wildebeest continue their journey north through the Serengeti plains. Their columns stretch as long as 25 miles in a determined drive towards Kenya’s savannas.

July Into September

The surging Mara River is swollen with seasonal rainfall as it runs between the massive herds and fresh grassland. Crossing these dangerous waters is made even more perilous by crocodiles, lions, leopards and cheetahs that await the annual migration.

October Through December

As they graze and deplete the savanna through another season, the wildebeest break into smaller herds. Less rainfall sends a signal that the migration north is over and it’s time to return to the Serengeti and the beginning of a new cycle.