Best Places to Stay and See the Great Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration Map of the Serengeti

The Best Places and Time to Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration

Embark on a mesmerizing journey as we unveil the wildebeest migration, celebrated as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Witness nearly two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles as they traverse thousands of kilometers across the Serengeti and Maasai Mara.

Join us as we explore the prime locations and seasons for encountering this breathtaking display of wildlife in motion, ensuring an experience that is nothing short of extraordinary and a touching testament to the enduring circle of life. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or simply seeking a moment of pure wonder, this journey promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul.

January – March: The Great Migration’s Birthing Season in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

As the Great Migration completes its southern journey from January to March, herds move into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the Southern Serengeti. This is also the breeding season for wildebeests, which seek refuge in the short grass plains in the lower northern slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater highlands. Over the span of two to three weeks, the landscape bears witness to the incredible sight of 400,000 wildebeest calves being born.

Meanwhile, apex predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas benefit from an abundance of prey. They detect the fragile young calves and engage in dramatic predator-prey confrontations, intensifying the drama of the wilderness.

To seize the opportunity of witnessing the magnificent event of wildebeest calving firsthand, we invite you to embark on a guided visit to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with One Nature Nyaruswiga.

April – May: Witnessing the Great Migration’s Journey along the Seronera River

Olduvai Gorge is spread across a large area in Tanzania, Africa.

The migration of wildebeests from the Southern Serengeti to the Central Serengeti occurs during the onset of the long green season. The Seronera River and its encompassing valley serve as the heartbeat of this Serengeti National Park, providing a haven for wildlife year-round. Strategically nestled in the Seronera region, amidst game-rich areas, One Nature Nyaruswiga provides unmatched opportunities to witness the awe-inspiring migration, enhancing the excitement of this extraordinary natural phenomenon. With its prime location in the midst of the action, One Nature Nyaruswiga stands as the ultimate year-round destination. Its central positioning ensures convenient access to the migration and abundant wildlife, making it the perfect hub to possibly view the migration throughout the seasons.

June – August: Experiencing the Great Migration River Crossings at Mara River

Olduvai Gorge is spread across a large area in Tanzania, Africa.

Thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the Mara region, congregating along the banks of the Mara River. Positioned in the Northern Serengeti, One Nature Mara River offers a strategic vantage point to witness the awe-inspiring annual Great Migration River Crossing.

Choosing One Nature Mara River as your base at any time of the season provides a significant advantage. With its tactical location, guests can easily access the prime viewing spots along the Mara River, where the drama of the migration unfolds. Whether it is witnessing thrilling river crossings or simply soaking in the stunning wilderness vistas, One Nature Mara River ensures an unforgettable safari experience right at the heart of the action.

September – October: The End of the Mara River Crossing in the Masai Mara

By September, the vast majority of the wildebeest have accomplished their epic river crossing in the Mara River. During this time, herds gather in the Greater Masai Mara region to take advantage of the lush grasslands, which provide plenty of grazing options before continuing their journey.

The migration dynamics begin to alter in October, when the herds gradually return to the Serengeti. Despite the wildebeest’s slow departure, the environment continues to provide exceptional animal viewing opportunities making it an excellent time to explore the different ecosystems of this iconic region.

November – December: Return of the Wildebeest to the Central Serengeti

Olduvai Gorge is spread across a large area in Tanzania, Africa.

The wildebeest herds return to the Central Serengeti when the weather cools and the green season begins. They congregate in regions with plenty of water sources, such as Seronera Valley. This colorful time of year presents a singular spectacle as the terrain changes, decorated with lush greenery that both supports and invites an array of animals. This season offers a compelling display of the circle of life in one of Africa’s iconic landscapes. As the cycle continues, the migration repeats itself, showcasing the timeless rhythm of nature’s wonders year after year.


The Great Wildebeest Migration provides a wonderful glimpse into the circle of life and the wonders of nature. Each period offers a distinct spectacle, from the Ngorongoro birthing season to the Mara River crossings.

At One Nature Mara River and One Nature Nyaruswiga, we provide prime locations along the migratory route. Join us on an exciting adventure through nature, where the magic unfolds before your eyes.