Tanzania & The Great Migration

There are few mass movements of wildlife on the planet that are as spectacular as the Great Wildebeest Migration. The sheer numbers of animals are staggering and as the vast herds reach the Mara River in the northern Serengeti, chaos inevitably unfolds!

Photo by Donna Mackay

This is an exciting time of year to be in Tanzania! As the great migration continues its seemingly endless journey, we are constantly updated by our team of explorers, clients and guides in Tanzania.

At the beginning of January, large herds of thousands upon thousands of wildebeest were spotted in the southern Serengeti close to Nasikia Mobile Camp, an excellent small seasonal camp that moves around the Serengeti shadowing the Great Migration.

Travel Director Donna was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time and captured the above image towards the end of last year on the rolling hillside., showing a herd of wildebeest and zebra grazing in the Serengeti.

Photo by Donna Mackay

By the second week of January, the herds were seen moving towards the south-west of the vast Ndutu plains and around Lake Masek, getting ready for calving season. At this time of year, the short rains hit the southern Serengeti, providing lush green grass and nutrients for the wildebeest and zebra herds. As the months progresses, the migration spreads out across the entire Ndutu area and along the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where local pilots are reporting spectacular spectacular sightings from the air.

The migration does not go unnoticed by the resident predators, who are never shy of any opportunistic moments that might present themselves. Typically, a pride of lions will study the herds and single out the weakest link, usually a juvenile or sick animal. They execute a coordinated strike and take down their prey in seconds!

Travel Director Donna Mackay with husband Allan in the Serengeti

Continuing their search for fresh grazing, the herds continue to spread out through the Hidden Valley, southern short grass plains and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, providing exceptional game viewing from many of the seasonal camps in the south including Lemala Ngorongoro Camp.

Tanzania has so much more to offer than “just” viewing the migration and over the coming months we will be sharing our stories on other highlights including: Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Separately, we will also be spotlighting the quieter southern and western circuits which include hidden gems like Ruaha National Park and the chimpanzees of Mahale National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

If you would like us to arrange your trip to Tanzania to experience the Great Migration, get in touch!