The Great Wildebeest Migration ranks high on peoples bucket-list. Tanzania is a dream destination for many marked by several distinct ecosystems with diversity of unique plant and animal life. The Serengeti National Park is located in east-central Africa and spans 12,000 square miles according to NASA. Every year, more than a couple million wildebeest migrate in a circular direction across the Serengeti plains following seasonal rains. This annual movement by millions of Wildebeest is one of the most phenomenal spectacles in the world. In this article, we’ll be sharing our personal experience hoping to bring insight & perspective when planning your next trip to the Serengeti. Here is everything you need to know about the Great Wildebeest Migration!
Planning a trip to the Serengeti National Park requires patience and research. The type of safari experience you are looking for will depend on the time of year you visit. For example, the annual migration usually occurs between the months of May through July depending on the weather pattern. On the other hand, calving season will generally start in January and carry over into March. Choosing the appropriate room for your visit is important due to the variety of options offered in the Serengeti. Accommodations can range from tented canvas migration camps to luxury boutique lodges. Luckily, we have our top recommendations to help you decide when planning your next trip!
What is the great wildebeest migration?
The Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring natural phenomena on Earth. Each year, millions of wildebeest, accompanied by zebras and other herbivores, embark on a cyclical journey across the vast plains of Serengeti and Maasai Mara. Driven by instinct and the search for fresh grazing lands, the migration involves perilous river crossings, fierce predator-prey interactions, and breathtaking landscapes. This annual spectacle unfolds in a harmonious rhythm, offering an extraordinary display of wildlife in its purest form, making it a must-see for nature enthusiasts and a cornerstone of East African safari experiences.
Coming in at number one on our list is Nomad Tanzania! Our journey began in the Western Serengeti at the crossing of the Grumeti River. Late June can be a perfect chance to spot over a million Wildebeest migrating across the western corridor. Nomad Tanzania strongly recommends a combination of camps to secure the best migration viewing during this time of year.
Nomad Tanzania Migration Camp: A Wilderness Retreat Amidst the Migration:
Our journey begins with an exhilarating stay at the Nomad Tanzania Migration Camp, strategically positioned to witness the iconic Wildebeest Migration. Nestled amidst the untamed beauty of the Serengeti, this camp offers an immersive experience in nature’s grandeur. The luxury canvas tents, adorned with modern amenities, provide the perfect blend of comfort and wilderness.
Each day at the Migration Camp unfolds with the mesmerizing sight of thousands of wildebeest on their annual trek. Morning and afternoon safaris, guided by expert naturalists, offer an up-close encounter with the drama of the migration. The air pulsates with the thunderous hooves of wildebeest, creating a symphony of nature that resonates long after the safari ends.
Nomad Lamai: Luxury Redefined in Open Fronted Rooms:
Transitioning seamlessly from the Migration Camp, our journey takes us to Nomad Lamai, an oasis of luxury in the Serengeti. The open-fronted rooms provide a panoramic view of the sweeping landscapes, offering an intimate connection with the wilderness. Here, the rhythm of the savannah is complemented by the opulence of the accommodations, creating an indulgent sanctuary in the heart of the wild.
As the sun sets over the Serengeti, the horizon is painted with hues of orange and gold, casting a warm glow on the savannah. Evenings at Nomad Lamai are an enchanting affair, with the distant roars of lions echoing under the starlit African sky. The seamless blend of luxury and nature sets the stage for an unforgettable romantic escapade.
Elawana: Elevated Luxury in the Heart of Serengeti:
The grand finale of our Serengeti sojourn leads us to Elawana, where elevated luxury reaches new heights. The lavish tents at Elawana redefine glamping, providing a cocoon of comfort amidst the untamed wilderness. Here, the couple’s guide to Serengeti National Park culminates in an experience that seamlessly merges opulence with the raw beauty of nature.
Encountering the Big 5:
Throughout our expedition, the Serengeti generously reveals its wealth of wildlife. The Big 5—lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros—grace our journey, each encounter leaving an indelible mark on our safari memories. However, it is a rare sighting that etches itself into the fabric of our adventure—an injured wildebeest, bravely forging its way across the Mara river, only to face a formidable trio of lionesses.
The Drama Unfolds: A Wildebeest’s Tale of Survival:
Our hearts race as we witness nature’s unforgiving yet mesmerizing drama. The lone wildebeest, its stamina tested by the arduous river crossing, becomes prey to the relentless pursuit of three lionesses. The struggle for survival plays out before our eyes—a poignant reminder of the circle of life in the Serengeti.
Serengeti National Park, with its breathtaking landscapes and unparalleled wildlife encounters, stands as a testament to the untamed beauty of our planet. The journey from Nomad Tanzania Migration Camp to Nomad Lamai and finally to Elawana encapsulates the essence of luxury, adventure, and the extraordinary wildlife that defines the Great Wildebeest Migration. As the sun sets on our Serengeti odyssey, the memories forged in the heart of this wilderness will forever linger—a timeless testament to the boundless wonders of nature.