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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.

To search all Kenya safaris, including safaris that will not see the Great Migration, click here.

Great Migration Safaris Starts In Total Days Company Quality* From**
Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 4 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari Arusha, Tanzania 4 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Simba Safari Nairobi, Kenya 4 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
7 Day Essential Kenya Nairobi, Kenya 7 Gate 1 1st Class Dates and Prices
Masai Footsteps Nairobi, Kenya 7 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Deluxe Safari Arusha, Tanzania 7 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Samburu & Mara Fly-in Safari Nairobi, Kenya 7 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Safari Experience (National Geographic Journey) Nairobi, Kenya 8 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Camping Safari Nairobi, Kenya 8 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
The Serengeti Half Marathon Experience Arusha, Tanzania 8 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Lodge Safari Arusha, Tanzania 8 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Serengeti Trail Nairobi, Kenya 8 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya Wildlife Safari Nairobi, Kenya 8 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya Family Safari Nairobi, Kenya 8 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania Safari under Canvas Arusha, Tanzania 8 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya Lodge Safari Nairobi, Kenya 8 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
The Great Kenya Migration Safari Nairobi, Kenya 8 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Migration Photo Safari Nairobi, Kenya 8 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Great Tanzania Migration Safari Arusha, Tanzania 8 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Highlights Nairobi, Kenya 8 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya in Luxury Nairobi, Kenya 8 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Under Canvas Arusha, Tanzania 8 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Best of Tanzania Arusha, Tanzania 8 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Family Friendly Journey - Kenya Safari Nairobi, Kenya 8 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Luxury Tenting in the Serengeti Arusha, Tanzania 9 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Luxury Tenting in the Serengeti (Private Tour) Arusha, Tanzania 9 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Chimps + The Big Five in Kenya Nairobi, Kenya 9 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Private Safari Nairobi, Kenya 9 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari Arusha, Tanzania 9 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Signature Kenya Nairobi, Kenya 10 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kenya Wing Safari Nairobi, Kenya 10 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Odyssey Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 10 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Balkan Discovery 2018 (Budapest to Bucharest) Budapest, Hungary 10 Avalon Deluxe Dates and Prices
10 Day The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari (Friday Departure, Discovery Tour) Arusha, Tanzania 10 Gate 1 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya: A Timeless Safari Nairobi, Kenya 10 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond Arusha, Tanzania 10 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania: Serengeti to Zanzibar (BBC Earth Journey) Arusha, Tanzania 10 Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
African Sampler Cape Town, South Africa 11 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Masai & Tanzania Camping Safari Nairobi, Kenya 11 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
11 Day Kenya Safari Exploration (Discovery Tour, Thursday Departure) Nairobi, Kenya 11 Gate 1 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari Nairobi, Kenya 11 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya Private Safari with Amboseli National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 11 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya Private Safari with Samburu National Reserve Area Nairobi, Kenya 11 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar Stone Town Arusha, Tanzania 11 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Highlights Nairobi, Kenya 11 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Kenya & Tanzania 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 (Private Tour) Nairobi, Kenya 12 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania Nairobi, Kenya 12 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
World’s Greatest Show & Safari – Mara Nairobi, Kenya 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
World’s Greatest Show & Safari – Serengeti Nairobi, Kenya 12 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Classic Tanzania Arusha, Tanzania 12 Collette Deluxe Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Nairobi Nairobi, Kenya 12 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Nairobi Nairobi, Kenya 12 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya Private Safari with Nairobi & Amboseli National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 12 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya Private Safari with Nairobi & Samburu National Reserve Area Nairobi, Kenya 12 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari with Selous Game Reserve Arusha, Tanzania 12 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar Beach Arusha, Tanzania 12 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Discover East Africa Nairobi, Kenya 13 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route & Serengeti Adventure Moshi, Tanzania 13 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond with Selous Arusha, Tanzania 13 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Road to Zanzibar Nairobi, Kenya 13 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Cycle Tanzania Arusha, Tanzania 13 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Chobe National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 13 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Lake Nakuru National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 13 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Lake Nakuru National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 13 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Zanzibar Stone Town Nairobi, Kenya 13 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya Private Safari with Amboseli National Park Area & Samburu National Reserve Area Nairobi, Kenya 13 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya Private Safari with Gorilla Trekking Nairobi, Kenya 13 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East African Explorer 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
Signature Great Migration Safari Nairobi, Kenya 14 A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Visions of Tanzania Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 14 A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tanzania Wildlife Safari Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 14 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Serengeti & Kilimanjaro Nairobi, Kenya 14 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Kruger National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Nairobi & Lake Nakuru National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Nairobi & Chobe National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Nairobi & Lake Nakuru National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Nairobi & Zanzibar Stone Town Nairobi, Kenya 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Selous Game Reserve Nairobi, Kenya 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Zanzibar Beach Nairobi, Kenya 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya Private Safari with Nairobi, Amboseli National Park Area & Samburu National Reserve Area Nairobi, Kenya 14 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari with Selous Game Reserve & Zanzibar Stone Town 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 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
The Masai Heartlands Nairobi, Kenya 15 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Under Canvas Nairobi, Kenya 15 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Lake Nakuru National Park Area & Chobe National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 15 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Nairobi & Kruger National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 15 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari Nairobi, Kenya 15 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Lake Nakuru National Park Area & Zanzibar Stone Town Nairobi, Kenya 15 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Nairobi & Selous Game Reserve Nairobi, Kenya 15 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Nairobi & Zanzibar Beach Nairobi, Kenya 15 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Tanzania Private Safari with Selous Game Reserve & Zanzibar Beach Arusha, Tanzania 15 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Serengeti Adventure Moshi, Tanzania 16 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience (National Geographic Journey) Kigali, Rwanda 16 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Nairobi Nairobi, Kenya 16 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Gorillas & Game Parks Nairobi, Kenya 16 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure Marangu, Tanzania 16 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Chobe National Park Area & Kruger National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 16 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Jewels of Africa with Lake Nakuru National Park Area & Kruger National Park Area Nairobi, Kenya 16 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari with Nairobi Nairobi, Kenya 16 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Lake Nakuru National Park Area & Selous Game Reserve Nairobi, Kenya 16 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Lake Nakuru National Park Area & Zanzibar Beach Nairobi, Kenya 16 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Selous Game Reserve & Zanzibar Stone Town Nairobi, Kenya 16 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Zanzibar Nairobi, Kenya 17 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Best of Tanzania Nairobi, Kenya 17 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
East Africa Family Safari Nairobi, Kenya 17 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar - Stone Town Nairobi, Kenya 17 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
East Africa Private Safari with Selous Game Reserve & Zanzibar Beach Nairobi, Kenya 17 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
18 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration (Discovery Tour, Thursday Departure) Nairobi, Kenya 18 Gate 1 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Nairobi & Zanzibar Nairobi, Kenya 18 Globus 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari with Nairobi & Zanzibar - Stone Town Nairobi, Kenya 18 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari with Zanzibar Beach Nairobi, Kenya 18 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Splendors of Africa (18 Day) Cape Town, South Africa 18 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari with Nairobi & Zanzibar Beach Nairobi, Kenya 19 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari With Zanzibar - Stone Town & Beach Stay Nairobi, Kenya 20 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya & Tanzania Private Safari With Nairobi & Zanzibar - Stone Town & Beach Stay Nairobi, Kenya 21 Monograms 1st Class Dates and Prices
22 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration with Zanzibar (Discovery Tour) Nairobi, Kenya 22 Gate 1 1st Class Dates and Prices
Kenya to Vic Falls Nairobi, Kenya 27 Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
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