The two most epic wildebeest migration event seasons Serengeti

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Did you know that the Wildebeest migration natural phenomenon points out two epic wildebeest migration event seasons Serengeti not to be missed? Find out now which seasons or months to visit, and watch this spectacular live…!

According to Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris when thinking about adventuring upon an African safari, you should consider two epic safari seasons in Tanzania (both featuring the wildebeest migration). The great wildebeest migration is an exciting African wildlife safari event that happens yearly at Serengeti-Masai Mara Ecosystem. 

How does one choose the best season or month, and why?:

  • Serengeti Africa’s best National Park 2020
  • The first epic wildebeest migration event
  • The second epic wildebeest migration event
  • Most cost effective safari time
  • When to book your Tanzania safari?

Serengeti Africa’s best National Park 2020

In 1981 The Serengeti was declared a UNESCO world heritage site due to its extensive ecosystem made up of grassy plains, scattered rock outcrops, acacia woodland and of course its infamous wildlife. Also, at the 27th World Travel Awards WTA announced Serengeti National Park as 2020 Africa’s Leading National Park. In fact, Serengeti has won this category ( Africa’s Leading National Park) for two consecutive years now, 2019 and 2020. “The Serengeti speaks for itself, and with good reason, not only the famous event of more than 1.5 million wildebeest migrating through its plains and woodlands, but also the unique landscapes, and other spectacular wildlife,” says WTA.

From April to May, the wildebeest stay within the Central Serengeti, Seronera area. It is during this time when procreation takes place, followed by pregnancy. Following this the wildebeest migration journey begins around June when the wildebeest, zebra, grant’s gazelles, Thompson gazelle, elands, and impalas begin their move northwards from Ndutu Ngorongoro, South Serengeti to North Serengeti via Seronera. 

The first epic wildebeest migration event

July and August is a sensational time to see the great migration at the Grumeti area and western Serengeti areas.  However July to September is by far the best season to appreciate a wildlife safari in Serengeti, Tanzania. The first epic and riveting wildebeest river crossing starts between July to September. There is both the Grumeti River crossing and the Mara river crossing. 

The most fantastic Tanzania safari experience is in September when the last wildebeest cross over the Mara river to enter Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. The Wildebeest migration then stays in Kenya Masai Mara from September up to November. In addition it is at this time, that early groups of wildebeest begin to move south to Serengeti Park via the Eastern wing. Tourists can watch another epic mara river crossing to Klein’s camp, Bologonja, Lobo, Lake natron gate, areas to southern Serengeti via central Serengeti. For sure, the best safari deals from November to 15 December, are the cheapest and offer maximum wildlife viewing.

The second epic wildebeest migration event

The second epic wildebeest migration is wildebeest calving which happens between January and March. About 500,000 wildebeest are born each year in the Serengeti. February is the month with the highest calving rate, around 8,000 wildebeest are born each day. 

Wildebeest calvings occur in Ndutu at Ngorongoro conservation area and Serengeti National Park. This is a unique wildlife safari event that occurs only in Tanzania and not in any part of Africa. Ndutu area is rich in Natural vegetation, green grass, leaf acacia, and a diversity of indigenous trees. Short-grass plains which stretch from the western side of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the southeast Serengeti National Park, have all types of minerals needed by the calving mothers

Ndutu is an area located in both Serengeti and Ngorongoro and is also characterized by hosting a huge number of bird species. January and February is the best month to visit Tanzania for breathtaking photographic safaris. Booking a photographic safari tour offers you the best bird watching experience and viewing many different animal species including the incredible, big 5 plus. 

The best viewing sites are Barafu kopjes, Lake Ndutu, Gol mountains, Naabi hills, hidden valley, Lake Maseck, and Gol kopjes. Wildebeest can be seen nurturing their young calves between February, March, and April, through mineral-rich grass and their mother’s milk. This is similar to maternity leave which enables time for growth before the next phase and challenges faced. 

Nevertheless, predators like lions, leopards, cheetah are notoriously associated with the wildebeest migration. It is too during this time that crocodiles acquire the most prey at the Grumeti River crossing on the western side and the Mara river crossing. This practically ensures visitors to the area a wildlife safari experience of a life-time!

Most cost effective safari time

I hope after reading all of the above wildebeest migration trends, you are convinced to get ready and book your Tanzania safari. For those safari-goers who like to get the best safari experience cost effectively, we would advise joining a Tanzania safari from November to 15 December. Budget travelers can save money up to 15% when they book a safari vacation during these dates.

When to book your Tanzania safari?

According to the wildebeest migration scientific tracking, the wildebeest migration takes place longest in Serengeti National Park located in Tanzania. Taking all this into consideration the wildebeest migration epic events therefore include:

  1. July – September  – The wildebeest crossing Grumeti river, and Mara river crossing between (July to September northward), and
  2. January to March – The Wildebeest calving season 
  3. November to December – The most cost effective


The above article has been prepared by Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris DMC travel experts and safari guides. Also, Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris DMC, have friendly, flexible refund cancellation policies, Free date change, and several promotional discount tour offers. And to motivate you to arrange your safari in advance, you can look at the latest TripAdvisor reviews, and be proud of your Tanzania safari agency.

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