The Great Migration in Tanzania

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The Great Migration is Africa’s one of the greatest tourist attractions and it attracts a huge number of tourists every year. This in fact is a multi-country migration where animals move back and forth between Tanzania and Kenya. You can witness the migration in these countries based on the position of the migrant animals which changes during seasons which is explained in the latter part of this article. Plan the trip after you read it completely 🙂

When does this happen?
This infact is a never-ending year-round process where in animals move from Ngorongoro reserve of Tanzania (in January) to Serengiti (in June) and reach Masai Mara of Kenya (in September) and then the circle repeats. So this roughly makes the total clockwise distance of approximately 1,800 miles (2,900 Kms). Mainly wildebeest and zebra are involved in the Great Migration looking for grass for grazing.

The Great Migration is a major attraction of African Tourism, and the sight of thousands of animals moving together is amazing.

The Great Migration process explained in months:
April-May: The beginning of migration, towards the west and noth in search of grass to Serengeti’s western corridor woodland. Following the animals during this season is difficult as there can be seasonal rains, which makes the roads mostly unusable. Many of Tanzania’s roads are unoperable during this season.

June: The animals moves towards north and smaller groups begin to form larger herds. The wildebeest mates during this season. The migration can be watched at Western Serengeti.

July: The migrating animals reaches Grumeti river. While crossing this river, a lot of animals die – mainly as the crocodiles in the river finds a good meal out of the migrants.

Migration continues in Kenya:
August: The group continues to travel north and head to Lamai Wedge and Mara Triange of Kenya. Crossing the Mara river too is dangerous for the herd as crocodiles eat many of the wildbeeste and zebras crossing them.

November-December: As the downpour starts, the herds head back to Tanzania – towards Serengeti plain and give birth to the younger ones.

  • Where to stay and watch: Klein’s Camp and campsites in Lobo area are recommended.

Safari Operators:

There are various Safari Operators like “The Safari Specialists”, “Mahlatini”, “Travel Butlers” etc which are reliable and are operating since years.