We’ll be tracking the Great Wildebeest Migration across Kenya and Tanzania through out 2018 and 2019. Stay tuned for the latest updates!
Planning on visiting during the migration? Here are some other pages you may find useful:
- Accommodation in the Masai Mara, Kenya
- Accommodation in Serengeti, Tanzania
- Kenya & Tanzania Migration Itineraries
- Wildebeest Migration Map
Migration Forecast: When will the wildebeest migration 2018 begin in Kenya?
By the looks of it, we think the migration may be late in crossing the Mara river into Kenya. There were heavy rains across East Africa from March to May, meaning plenty of food for the wildies in the Serengeti. In June, we saw large herds dispersed across the Serengeti — from the Western Corridor (expected) to Eastern Serengeti (near Namiri Plains – very unexpected). Large herds are also near Seronera (Central Serengeti). We will probably see the migration enter Kenya only mid to late July (when the food in the Serengeti is exhausted).
Rekero Camp safari guide Senchura Kaleku has reported, “the annual wildebeest migration might start late this year in Kenya due to the heavy rains that we’re now experiencing. The idea of the migration is primarily in search of pastures, so if the rain continues up until May, then the migration might start late in Kenya as they’ll still be enjoying the green in the Serengeti.”
July 2018: Late Migration and Mara River flooding!
July 12, 2018: As predicted several months ago, the migration has still not reached the Masai Mara, delayed by rains in the Serengeti. While the large herds are inching closer, it does seem that the migration in the Mara will only begin in full swing in August and will probably last till mid-October.
Bushtops Camp head ranger Daniel Lomoe shares a warning of what lies ahead:
“It is many years since we have seen the Mara swollen with so much water. The river is running in rapid torrents, making the perilous crossing more dangerous than ever. Any massed grouping of wildebeest is thrilling to see, but the prospect of thousands of tonnes of energized herbivores making a desperate surge through the currents and crocodiles promises to make the greatest show on earth doubly spectacular.”
June 2018: Migration all over the Serengeti
June 18: From Asilia Africa – Safari guide, Ian Kiwelu spotted a big herd of the wildebeest crossing the Seronera River, around the Nyuma ya Nyumba area.
June 12: The herds seem to have been divided into 2 large groups: one group of thousands and thousands of wildebeest are heading towards the Western Corridor, while another large grouping is still roaming the plains of Central Serengeti.
June 11: Lots of wildebeest spotted near Namiri Plains.
May 2018: Journey North Begins… and Back East?!
May 30, 2018: Heavy rains across the Serengeti! Lots of wildebeest action spotted in Western Serengeti. Huge herds reported to be returning to the Ndutu area too! Our guests currently at Namiri Plains have reported witnessing an impressive number of wildebeest. A part of the migration seems to have moved East towards Namiri. Several vehicles have made their way this side from Central Serengeti.
May 15, 2018: The wildebeest start their Great Migration to the north!
They can be seen moving north, migrating to seek fresh grazing and water. The area around Maru Kopjes and west of Seronera is hectic with a series of moving columns, often thousands of animals – joined by zebra, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles all moving together and followed by lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal and vultures as cleaners of the Serengeti ecosystem.
April 2018: Loita Migration & Ndutu Migration
April 23: The wildebeest are scattered all the way from the Ndutu, Gol, Naabi Hills and Mawe ya Simba, up to the Namiri Plains. Hundreds of zebra are heading towards the Seronera area.
Due to the heavy rains falling in the Serengeti plains, the herds have been enjoying the thriving grasses on the Namiri Plains.
April 5: The Loita migration is underway in the Masai Mara with plenty of babies being spotted too! In Tanzania, the large herds were spotted crossing Lake Ndutu. What a lovely photograph by Kalle Viira.
March 2018: Rain and Baby Season!
Thousands of the wildebeest and zebra are migrating in the south Serengeti and the Ndutu area! And yes, it is baby season with plenty of calves finding their feet!
And the large herds are playing happily in Central Serengeti (Seronera Valley).
The Loita migration are dropping their newly-born calves in the Naboisho Conservancy and the Loita Plains.
February 2018: Calving Season begins in the Serengeti
The migration calving season has begun and there are quite a number of wobbly wildebeest calves in the Serengeti (Hidden Valley and the Ndutu area.) Big herds have been spotted in the Kusini area.
Nomad Tanzania have reported large herds moving South. Check out Nomad’s Serengeti Safari Camp, a seasonal camp that moves with the migration 4-5 times a year. It’s one of the most authentic safari camps in the area, with almost guaranteed sightings of the migration.
January 2018: Herds spotted near Sanctuary Kusini
The migration was spotted near Sanctuary Kusini Camp.
Meanwhile, the Loita herds were spotted migrating with Naboisho Conservancy of the Mara. Calving season is going to begin very soon!
December 2017: Herds scattered in Southern Serengeti
The migration seems rather scattered at the moment, but the large herds seem to be heading to the far south of the Serengeti.
November 2017: Tanzania – Herds moving South
October 2017: Final herds cross back into the Serengeti
Massive herds were spotted crossing the Mara river back into the Serengeti.
September 2017: Back to the Serengeti!
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September 15: River crossing in the Northern part of the Serengeti (Masai Mara). Courtesy Fulgence Kenedy and HerdTracker.
September 5: Usually, September is a month of enthralling action in the Mara, the plains dotted with wildebeest and zebra till early October. But this year has been rather different. The migration came early and it seems that the migration has departed early too! Our guests have reported back that the Mara plains have been rather empty, with large herds having already returned to the Serengeti.
They were lucky enough to catch the last few large crossings:
Seems that those planning to visit the Mara later this month will have to make do with its superb resident wildlife. The Tanzania side, especially near Sayari Camp, is buzzing with action at this time of the year.
August 2017: River Crossings in Northern Serengeti & Mara Triangle action
August 14, 2017: Migration is heading towards the Mara Triangle! Stunning images taken by Rekero guide Timothy Leperes Laur. (By the way, Rekero Camp has a wonderful last-minute offer. Contact us for more details!)
And here’s a video from August last year, which shows what unbelievable maddies these wildebeest can be!
August 07, 2017: Our guests in Northern Serengeti have reported huge herds and large crossings near Kogatende! More coming up soon. If you’re looking at visiting the Mara soon, check out this lovely itinerary!
July 2017: Early arrival in the Mara & Action in Northern Serengeti
July 31: All the action as promised! A river crossing captured by Simon R Kiwale, resident guide of Lemala Camps & Lodges. Reports that the migration has entered the Mara Triangle as well in Kenya!
July 24: There has been a lot of action in the Northern Serengeti recently. The wildebeest were spotted in the north near Lamala, take a look at these amazing images captured by Resident HerdTracker Guide – Simon Kiwale.
And check out this video of wildebeest crossing the Mara river near our favourite, Asilia’s Sayari Camp.
June 2017: Lots of action in Western Serengeti
The Western Corridor & Ubuntu Camp is flooded with the Great Migration. Thousands of wildebeest are now grazing through these plains.
May 2017: Herds in Serengeti & Namiri Plains
April 2017: In and around Ndutu, Tanzania
The main effect of the rains, is that the plains will be wet, and the black cotton soil slippery. If you can deal with the rain and slippery roads, you’ll be rewarded with excellent sightings.
March 2017: Herds heading South
February 2017: Unusual Weather in the Serengeti & Calving in the Mara
February 23, 2017: Loita Herds Begin Calving in the Mara Conservancies
Fresh rains in the greater Mara region means that the Loita migration is still around. Migrant birds (bee-eaters, storks, steppe eagles, harriers) have also made an appearance.
The majority of wildebeest cows are giving birth. The calving season is beautiful, with hundreds of little animals scattered on the plains.
February 20, 2017: Lack of Rain in the Serengeti
February 16, 2017: Herds spotted near Seronera, Central Serengeti
February 09, 2017: Huge herds were spotted near Asilia’s Namiri Plains.
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January 2017: Migration near Seronera, Tanzania
30th January 2017: Migration Monday!
Coastal Aviation Pilot Captain Joel J Fernandes, gave us a migration update from the air: The lack of proper rains have split the herds apart and I hear that the situation on the ground is quite dire. While many of the females have calved already, it seems some are holding out in the hope of better rains.
A huge portion of the herds were spotted near the Seronera airstrip and west with some herd further South in the Moru area. Few small herds also spotted further South of Ndutu too. I think the whole Serengeti is hoping for a few days of good rains to rejuvenate the plains again.