Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Area and Masai Mara (Kenya) constitute a huge ecosystem where, during the year, there is the most impressive migration phenomenon around the world: the Great Migration.
2 million animals including wildebeests, zebras, antelopes and gazelles that, during the year, move from Tanzania and Kenya in search of water and fertile pastures.
When and where to admire the Great Migration
It is always possible to admire the migration in the Serengeti ecosystem but it is not possible to accurately predict where and when the herds will be in a certain period, as their movements are linked to the presence of rains.
However, we can state that statistically the herds tend to aggregate more during two specific periods of the year. During the dry season (June-October) to cross the Grumeti and Mara rivers in the Northern Serengeti and during the rainy season (December-April) in the Ndutu area.
December – April
After leaving the northern Serengeti, the herds set off to “go back home” in the southern part of the Serengeti and even further south in the area of the Ndutu and Masek lakes. In these areas, from December to April, it is possible to attend also the “calving season”. During these months the area is literally swarmed by herbivores, an indescribable sight.
Moreover, in addition to the 2 lodges in Ndutu and Masek which are open all year round, there are also some small mobile tented camps that must be booked well in advance. In this area there are not public campsites, which are located only in the central Serengeti or in the Ngorongoro crater ( around 2 hours driving ).
May – October
With the end of the rains in the southern Serengeti, the herds begin their journey to the north up to the Masai Mara (Kenya). The danger will be crossing the Grumeti and Mara rivers where crocodiles will be waiting.
In mid-May the herds gather along the Grumeti River, swarmed with Nile crocodiles. They will have to cross Grumeti river in order to reach the northern Serengeti.
Here they will face an even more fearsome obstacle: the crossing of the Mara River. A scene that you can admire during the months of July and August.
In summer, it is possible to choose among different mobile tented camps, the best way to live the safari experience.