2) Choose your travel time wisely
The time of year you choose to travel goes hand in hand with location and can change the type of experience you have. No one can ever guarantee where exactly the migration will go, but the general trends hold true!
Here’s a brief breakdown of the Great Migration by season:
- Winter (December – March)
During the winter-time, the Great Migration is in short grass plains of the central and southern Serengeti. January through March is a great time to catch the wildebeest calving!
- Spring (April – May)
Spring is rainy season in the Serengeti! Heavy rains cause the grasses to grow rapidly, reducing visibility of the animals and allows the dense herds to disperse with more prolific grazing opportunities. Many safari camps close during the rainy season, so plan carefully if you choose to go!
- Summer (June – August)
The migration tends to congregate in the Serengeti’s Western Corridor and Grumeti Reserve during summer. This is a great time to see the Great Migration!
- Fall (September – November)
Early fall is also an excellent time to see the migration. At this stage, the herds are normally in the northern Serengeti and beginning to cross the Mara River into the Maasai Mara, providing a truly epic safari experience for visitors lucky enough to witness a river crossing.
It is worth noting that November acts as a mini off-season in the Serengeti, another brief rainy season reducing accessibility and game viewing opportunities.
For a more detailed month-by-month breakdown of the migration’s movements check here.