The Wildebeest and Zebra Migration 

About 1.5 million wildebeest and half a million zebras and antelopes embark on the yearly Great Migration between the Masai Mara in Kenya, and the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. The wild animals move around in massive herds stretching far and wide beyond the horizon, their movement governed by the distribution of rains and the availability of grazing and drinking water.

Visiting the Serengeti and Masai Mara area gives you a front row seat to this incredible wildlife spectacle, especially dramatic when the animals cross the Grumeti and Mara Rivers, infested with giant Nile Crocodiles. Predators such as the big cats, hyenas, jackals, and eagles abound, and can often be seen hunting.

The animals follow a certain pattern in their movements, however due to the vastness of their range and the unpredictable nature of the weather, it is important to be up to date on their current location. We will help you choose the camp or lodge best suited for better chances of seeing them with your own eyes. Mobile luxury camps follow the Migration and may be the best option for you. We can’t guarantee that you will see the famous River Crossings, but we can guarantee an exceptional wildlife experience when you book your safari with Tano Safaris!

Read more about the Great Migration here.


  • We help you choose the best locations to witness the Migration. Image credit: Alex Walker's Serian.

  • Watching the famous river crossings. Image credit: Mara Plains Camp.

  • Zebras crossing the Mara River. Image credit: Alex Walker's Serian.

  • Who said there's no hurry in Africa? Image credit: Ubuntu Camp.

  • Wildebeest during a peaceful river crossing © Tano Safaris.

  • The Nile Crocodiles lie in wait on the banks of the rivers © Tano Safaris.

  • The Nile Crocodiles of the Grumeti and Mara Rivers are some of the largest in the continent © Tano Safaris.

  • Vultures travel far and wide during the Migration, feeding on what's left after the predators have eaten to their fill. © Tano Safaris.

  • Over 1 million Wildebeest migrate between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara each year © Tano Safaris.

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