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Kenya Wildlife Migration

Migration Overview

Wildebeest Migration Overview

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The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”.

Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration; over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Masai Mara National Reserve were they will be hunted, stalked, and run down by the larger carnivores.


The herds spread out as the rains fall, then can be seen massing with their young. By April they are shifting slowly north into the central Serengeti. May finds them moving in columns into the Western Corridor whose grasslands are maintained by the flood waters of the Mbalageti and Grumeti Rivers.

The cool, dry months. The herds mass on the western wooded grasslands. The famous rut usually occurs in the Seronera area, then crossing the Grumeti, two flanks can appear rapidly moving west and out of the park, with the other flank heading north towards Lobo, reaching the Mara usually by Aug. The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Masai Mara where crocodiles will prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive risking the flood waters and the jaws of crocodiles.


The nomadic herds are found on the well watered expanse of open and bushed grasslands of the Mara as these are usually the driest months in the Serengeti. The short rains are not far away.


The herds head south feeling the rains coming, moving into the eastern woodlands of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area. By Jan they settle on the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti, Dec to Jan being the peak for the birth of zebra foals and late Jan to Feb of wildebeest calves. The predators are close by. Calves are usually on their feet within 3 minutes but the young are very vulnerable.


Safari Overview

  • Explore Nairobi before and after safari
  • Discover the jewel of Kenya’s Wildlife Masai Mara
  • Game drives at the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Huge amounts of wildlife and birdlife to be seen.
  • Spectacular accommodation at Mara Serena Safari Lodge
  • All Hotels & Airport transfers included.
  • Daily departures subject to minimum 2 persons booking

 Masai Mara’s Wildlife / Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Masai Mara reserve is Kenya’s most popular game park in Kenya. It hosts an amazing concentration of wildlife. In many cases it is the reason why people come to Kenya in the first place. One look is enough to explain its appeal: this is classic African savanna, and the sheer density of wildlife is amazing. You are guaranteed to see the Big 5. Lions abound throughout the park, leopards, cheetah, hyenas, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, topi, baboons, warthogs, buffalo, zebra, elephants, and of course hippos, crocodiles in the Mara River and the authentic Maasai community who live around the park.

The Wildebeest  Migration

The Wildebeest Migration takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of the Masai Mara and Serengeti and, thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues. Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories

Wildebeest Migration timing changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event henced we advise clients to contact our offices regulary for update email The calving season takes place in the Serengeti between the months of January and mid-March before the Wildebeest Migration begins heading towards the western Serengeti in June. The best time to see the migration is usually between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. If you are in the Masai Mara you can expect the wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July, but they generally arrive between August and September and remain in the Mara between October and November. Between December and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration back towards the Serengeti. Masai Africa Safaris is the Leading Safari Company in Wildebeest safari hence you are guaranteed to join a group if you don’t want to travel alone which is more expensive.


6 Days Masai Mara migration safari holiday package

Day 1:  JKIA- Nairobi
Pick up from the airport on arrival and transfer you to Nairobi Serena Hotel for overnight stay.

 Dinner and overnight at Nairobi Serena Hotel

Approx transit time: 3½ hrs
Meal plan day 1: {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Nairobi –Masai Mara Game Reserve
Pick up from your hotel; your safari briefing session with our tour consultant then drive to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve as you enjoy the scenic views of the Great Rift Valley – Masai Mara game reserve is the northern part of the Serengeti, one of Kenya’s most favored game-viewing areas. The reserve covers 700 square miles of magnificent wilderness. It is the Africa of the imagination; endless reaches of acacia-dotted grasslands studded with hazy hills. Afternoon game drive to see the sundowner as you trail the Big 5 ie Lions in large prides, Elephants, buffalos, zebras and numerous plain game.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Approx transit time: 5½ hrs
Meal plan Day 2: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3 – 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve Wildebeest Migration Trailing

Full days spent exploring the park in search of the big 5/ trailing the wildebeest migration and predators. Optional hot air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450 per person. The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures

Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Meal plan Day 2: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 5 Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru National park

Breakfast then drive Lake Nakuru National park- to arrive in good time for lunch at Flamingo hill lodge  afternoon game drives a the scenic park famed for numerous species of bird life especially the pink flamingoes  Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley, renowned for its spectacular flamingo population as one of the world’s greatest ornithological spectacles. Although Lake Nakuru is primarily a bird sanctuary, there are a considerable number of animals to be encountered, such as many large game animals such as zebras, elephants and gazelles; this is one of our best chances of seeing rhinos. Lake Nakuru National Park was the first place in Kenya selected as a rhino reserve. Here is one of the few places where we can see Rothschild’s giraffes.

Dinner and overnight stay at  Serena Elmenteita

Meal plan Day 2: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 6:- Lake Nakuru – Nairobi
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi with an en route stop for panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley at the view point to arrive Nairobi at approximately 1pm.

Approx transit time: 5½ hrs

Meal plan Day 2: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Where you will stay

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Serena Elmenteita

Mara Serena Safari Lodge


Wildlife you will see

During your holiday you will have the chance to see the animals pictured below

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