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Updated on Dec 17, 2018 Useful Info

The great wildebeest migration

Millions of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes move across the Maasai Mara and Serengeti parks annually. Here's all you need to know before making a trip to either parks for the migration.


  • Whether you choose to go to Serengeti( Tanzania) or Maasai Mara (Kenya) you must have a visa and all necessary documents as the required by either countries.
  • If you choose to move along with the wildebeests as they migrate prepare travel documents for both countries.


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  • The wildebeest migration occurs all throughout the year.
  • In July the wildebeest move from Serengeti to Maasai Mara and in October- November, they move from Maasai Mara to Serengeti.
  • The July migration is the best when on the Kenyan side and those in Tanzania enjoy the November migration best.
  • Budget travelers should visit the Maasai Mara in November and The Serengeti in July.
  • Unless you stay at the park for more than a week or two don't expect to see the actual river crossing. If you want to experience the actual river crossing and fight with the crocodiles move along with the animals.

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  • There are many lodges and camping sites in both parks.
  • Tourists who want to move along with the wildebeest should opt for mobile camps.

Tour packages

  • There are two types of tour safari packages;
  1. A private safari. This package gives you the privilege of having a personal driver and guide hence you move around at your own pace. It is however very costly.
  2. A scheduled safari. Tourists join other travelers and move around as a group. They share costs. This type of package is the best for budget travelers.
  • Book your tour in advance.