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The Great Migration

Every year, some 2 million animals travel through Tanzania and Kenya, driven by seasonal rain and drought in what is known as the Great Migration. About 1 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras comprise the largest populations of the migrating herds, followed by gazelles. While the exact timing of the migration varies from one year to the next and cannot be forecast with any certainty, we’ve provided the general movement patterns of the animals throughout the year below.

Important Note: This is a general explanation of the migration route. The beginning of the Great Migration cannot be predicted, as it depends on each year’s rainy season and other variables. Vacations To Go cannot be held responsible for climactic fluctuations of any kind that cause the migration to vary from this description.

December to April: During this period the herds of wildebeest and zebra roam across the extended plains of the southern Serengeti and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. The period during which calves are born typically lasts from late January through mid-March, with the largest number of calves born in a 14 to 21-day stretch in February. During this time, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest calves are born. Predators thrive on the abundance of young calves, and sightings of lions, cheetahs and hyenas are frequent at this time of year.

May to July: In May, the rainy season ends, the plains dry up in May and the animals start to move west and then north in search of better pastures. The scattered herds eventually congregate to form columns up to 25 miles long as they begin their journey from the south to the western and northern Serengeti. Predators -- which are territorial rather than migratory creatures -- hunt as the enormous herds pass through their terrain. The wildebeest mating season also occurs during this time, from late May to early June. As wildebeest and zebra navigate northward, they must traverse the Grumeti River, where hungry crocodiles await. June through July is the best time to see the migration in action in the western and northern Serengeti.

July to November: During this period, the plains of the western Serengeti dry up and vegetation is depleted so the migration must go on. Between July and mid-August, the wildebeest, zebras and gazelles depart the Serengeti and Tanzania, cross the Mara River (full of crocodiles), and enter Kenya’s Masai Mara, where verdant pastures await. A visit to the Masai Mara National Reserve when the migration arrives in August or September can make for a remarkable experience due to the variety of species and the vast number of animals. The herds disperse across the grasslands of the Masai Mara until October or November, when the start of the short rainy season prompts them to start their trek south, back to their breeding grounds in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The following list only includes safaris that give you the best chance to see the Great Migration in Kenya or Tanzania. Click any vacation name for dates and prices. You can narrow your selection for Great Migration safaris with the Great Migration Safari Search box to the left.

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Masai Mara Safari Experience 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 3 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 4 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Safari Arusha, Tanzania 4 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya Overland Adventure Nairobi, Kenya 6 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Safari Experience 2014-2015 Arusha, Tanzania 7 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Camping Adventure Arusha, Tanzania 7 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Camping Adventure 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 7 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Deluxe Safari Arusha, Tanzania 7 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Deluxe Safari 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 7 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Wildlife Safari Arusha, Tanzania 8 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania: World of Wildlife Arusha, Tanzania 8 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Family Tanzania Safari Arusha, Tanzania 8 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Tanzania Arusha, Tanzania 8 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Wildlife Safari 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 8 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Family Tanzania Safari 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 8 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Highlights Arusha, Tanzania 8 Alluring Africa Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Wing Safari Arusha, Tanzania 8 Alluring Africa Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Family Sojourn Nairobi, Kenya 8 Alluring Africa Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya in Style Nairobi, Kenya 8 Alluring Africa Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Camping Safari Nairobi, Kenya 8 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya Safari Experience 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 8 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Camping Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 8 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya Family - Land of the Maasai 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 8 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Lodge Safari 2014-2015 Arusha, Tanzania 8 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
The Great Tanzania Migration Safari Arusha, Tanzania 8 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Panama Canal & The Wonders of Costa Rica (Panama City to San Jose) Panama City, Panama 8 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Great Kenya Migration Safari 2015-2016 Nairobi, Kenya 8 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Migration Photo Safari 2015-2016 Nairobi, Kenya 8 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Great Tanzania Migration Safari 2015-2016 Arusha, Tanzania 8 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Under Canvas Arusha, Tanzania 8 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Best of Tanzania Arusha, Tanzania 8 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Under Canvas 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 8 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Safari in Style: Under Canvas Edition Arusha, Tanzania 9 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Safari in Style: Luxury Camp Edition Arusha, Tanzania 9 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Safari in Style 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 9 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Family Kenya Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 9 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania: On Safari from the Sea to Serengeti 2015 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 9 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Wildlife Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 9 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Luxury Tenting in the Serengeti Arusha, Tanzania 9 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Luxury Tenting in the Serengeti 2015-2016 Arusha, Tanzania 9 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Chimps + The Big Five in Kenya 2015-2016 Nairobi, Kenya 9 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Authentic Kenya 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 9 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tantalizing Tanzania 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 9 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Camping Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 9 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari Arusha, Tanzania 9 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 9 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari Arusha, Tanzania 9 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 9 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya Safari in Style 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 10 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Kenya 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 10 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
UNESCO'S Tanzania Arusha, Tanzania 10 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Maasai to Mara 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 10 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
UNESCO'S Tanzania 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 10 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Family Adventure 2014-2015 Arusha, Tanzania 10 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Overland 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 10 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond Arusha, Tanzania 10 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 10 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa: Tanzania & Kenya Arusha, Tanzania 11 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: On Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 11 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Masai & Tanzania Camping Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 11 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar's Stone Town Arusha, Tanzania 11 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Classic Kenya: A Tented Camp Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 11 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar – Stone Town 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 11 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Discovery 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 11 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar's Stone Town Arusha, Tanzania 11 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar – Stone Town 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 11 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Highlights Nairobi, Kenya 11 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari Arusha, Tanzania 11 Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari 2015 (BBC Earth Journey, For Families) Arusha, Tanzania 11 Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari Nairobi, Kenya 12 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Kenya & Tanzania Nairobi, Kenya 12 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 12 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Family Kenya & Tanzania Safari 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 12 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Kenya & Tanzania 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 12 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania Nairobi, Kenya 12 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania 2015-2016 Nairobi, Kenya 12 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Kenya & Tanzania with Serengeti Nairobi, Kenya 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Untamed Tanzania Arusha, Tanzania 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Wildlife Safari Arusha, Tanzania 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
African Sampler 2015 Cape Town, South Africa 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
World’s Greatest Show and Safari with Masai Mara 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
World’s Greatest Show and Safari with Serengeti 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Untamed Tanzania 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Wildlife Safari 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Wildlife & Wilderness Arusha, Tanzania 12 Alluring Africa Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond with Zanzibar Arusha, Tanzania 12 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa: In Search of the Big Five 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 12 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Classic Kenya: A Tented Camp Safari with Nairobi 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 12 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar – Beach 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 12 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar Beach Arusha, Tanzania 12 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar – Beach 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 12 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania: Serengeti to Zanzibar 2015 (BBC Earth Journey) Arusha, Tanzania 12 Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Classic Nairobi, Kenya 13 Alluring Africa Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 13 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
East Africa: In Search of the Big Five with Nairobi 2015 Arusha, Tanzania 13 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
East African Explorer Nairobi, Kenya 13 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
East African Explorer 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 13 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari (BBC Earth Journey) Arusha, Tanzania 13 Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari 2015 (BBC Earth Journey) Arusha, Tanzania 13 Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Great Migration Safari in Style: Under Canvas Edition Nairobi, Kenya 14 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Great Migration Safari In Style: Luxury Lodge Edition Nairobi, Kenya 14 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Great Migration Safari in Style: Under Canvas Edition 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 14 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Great Migration Nairobi, Kenya 14 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Visions of Tanzania 2015-2016 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 14 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mt Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure 2015 Moshi, Tanzania 14 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar– Stone Town & Beach Stay Arusha, Tanzania 14 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar's Stone Town & Beach Arusha, Tanzania 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar– Stone Town & Beach Stay Arusha, Tanzania 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Ultimate Kenya & Tanzania Safari 2015-2016 Nairobi, Kenya 14 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari Nairobi, Kenya 15 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience Nairobi, Kenya 15 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari Nairobi, Kenya 15 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 15 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari Nairobi, Kenya 15 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Overland Adventure 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 16 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Nairobi 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 16 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
The Great Migration Safari In Style: Luxury Lodge Edition with Victoria Falls Extension Nairobi, Kenya 17 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Zanzibar Nairobi, Kenya 17 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar's Stone Town Nairobi, Kenya 17 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Zanzibar 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 17 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar's Stone Town Nairobi, Kenya 17 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar Beach Nairobi, Kenya 18 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Nairobi & Zanzibar 2015 Nairobi, Kenya 18 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar Beach Nairobi, Kenya 18 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
The Great Migration Safari In Style: Luxury Lodge Edition with Samburu & Mount Kenya Extension Nairobi, Kenya 19 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Golden Trails of East Africa 2015 Cape Town, South Africa 19 Ama Deluxe Dates and Prices
Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure 2014-2015 Livingstone, Zambia 20 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Nairobi to Victoria Falls Adventure 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 20 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar's Stone Town & Beach Nairobi, Kenya 20 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar's Stone Town & Beach Nairobi, Kenya 20 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Overland 2015 Kampala, Uganda 21 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
East Africa Overland Kampala, Uganda 22 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Ultimate East Africa 2014-2015 Nairobi, Kenya 24 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
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