The Wildebeest Migration – Essential information
Seeing the great Wildebeest Migration is a truly wonderful experience and one to definitely add to your bucket list, as it is considered one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and also known as ‘The World Cup of Wildlife.’ This year it has started earlier than expected in Kenya.
Enjoy this clip shared by a guest who was lucky enough to witness it!
When the action happens
During April to July the wildebeest start moving north towards the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures as well as seeking out the next watering hole. Most gravitate towards the Mara River. More of this migration takes place until around November, so going on a safari is highly recommended during this time.
What to wear
There will be warm, dry weather and so we recommend layering up, for example, wear vests under cotton or linen shirts paired with loose trousers or shorts to help you keep cool, although the early mornings can be a little cooler, so a jumper or sweatshirt are a good idea. A good pair of sturdy, waterproof shoes that are comfortable are also recommended.
Bring a sun hat and apply sunscreen generously (and regularly) to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
Where to stay
There is a vast range of excellent accommodation offering incredible views of the annual wildebeest migration. Here are a few of our favourites:
This safari lodge is located on the plains of the Masai Mara. From here, you’ll have unrivalled views of the migration from the comfort of the camp, which means that you’ll never be too far from the action.
Set on the edge of the Kuka Hills in Tanzania, off the beaten track and deep in the reserve, this remote and exclusive camp offers you the perfect place for witnessing the magic of the wildebeest migration.
This camp changes location throughout the year according to the movement of the wildlife, which means that you’ll always be close to the migration. The Mobile Camp is fully integrated into the African bush, providing isolation and amazing opportunities to view wildlife in its natural habitat.
A final tip – Patience, Patience, Patience
Nature is unpredictable, this is what makes a safari holiday so exciting, as you never know what to expect. One minute you’ll see the animals in action, the next minute you’ll be waiting patiently for another sighting. It is important to relax, have patience, and understand that nature plays by its own rules, but we promise that you will certainly enjoy your time nonetheless.
- Bring your own binoculars.
- Keep your eyes peeled for wildebeest calves in and amongst all the adults.
- Be aware that changes in the weather may affect the wildebeest migration route.
- The famous wildebeest river crossings usually occur around late June to July when the wildebeest cross the Mara River into Kenya, and once again around late September to October when the wildebeest head back into Tanzania.
- Speak to a safari expert at Somak to work out what the best holiday options are for you.
We would love to work with you to plan the safari holiday of a lifetime. For more information on how our safari experts can help you, call Somak Holidays today on 020 8423 3000, or visit our website here: