Our Annual Migration With Four Seasons!

Season One!

This is the Calving Season. This takes place during the months of Late January and March

During the calving season, the flat plains makes the migration viewing more unique and thrilling, as millions of wildebeests and zebras are estimated to gather in the Southern plains each year. The calving season typically takes place between late January and early March, though it can sometimes be early or late, depending on the rain pattern. This is a great season to visit Tanzania as you will have the opportunity to be amidst larger herds of zebras and wildebeests.

The herds gather between Southern Serengeti and the Ndutu plains (Ngorongoron Conservation area) to give birth simultaneously. Due to the mix of volcanic soils of the Southern plains, when the rainfall occurs, a growth of highly nutritional rich grass that is beneficial for lactating mothers will prompt them to comefeed here. As a result, this attracts large groups of predatory animals such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas, to prey on the young and the weak. With luck and exceptional guiding, you will have a chance to see the hunting.

Since the Ndutu plain allows off-road game drive in the Northern Circuit, this is a unique experience for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. As this will be in the midst of the rain season in Tanzania, the roads will be less dusty compared to the dry season. The temperature will be moderate (between 20-25°C / 68-77°F, and a bit colder in the early morning and evenings, between 10-15°C / 50-59°F).

Season Two!

This is the Green Season & Grumeti River Crossing: April to early July  at  Western & Central-West Serengeti (Ikoma region)

April and May are known to be long rain season in Tanzania, and while many may try to avoid safari during this period, it is in fact a great season to come for a visit. The rain typically occurs in the early morning and evening, and rarely affects the game drive during the day.  The rainfall replenishes the dried-out plains, giving it a brand new, green coat, and the parks are transformed into a replenished haven for animals that dwell within. The rates are also the lowest in this season.

As the rain moves from the South to the Western Serengeti, the migration herds will tread into the Western Corridor, where they will cross the Grumeti River. While this is a relatively small crossing compared to the Mara River Crossing in the next season, it is also one of the most highly anticipated event in the annual migration, as the Grumeti River hosts the Nile crocodile which are the world’s largest crocodile. Making the crossing a risky decision for the wildebeests and zebras.

In the month of June and July, the migrating herds will begin to move upwards to Northern Serengeti, passing through the Grumeti reserve and Ikoma area. We would recommend spending time in both the Western Corridor, and the Kogatende area in the Northern Serengeti.

The daytime temperature would be between 15-25°C / 59-77°F, with the early morning and evening in the cooler 10-15°C / 50-59°F.

Season Three!

This is the Dry Season & the Mara Crossing.This happens in Mid-July to October at Northern Serengeti (Lobo, Bologonya and Kogatende)

From mid-July, the majority of the migrating herds will have arrived at Kogatende area in time for the Mara River crossing. The Northern Serengeti remains relatively pristine when compared to the Seronera, Central Serengeti, as well as its counterpart; Maasai Mara in Kenya.Depending on the rain pattern, if it is a dry year, then the first herds of wildebeests can be at the Mara River by early July; in a wet year, the herds would move slower, arriving by mid-August. The Northern Serengeti boasts of many kopjes, small hills and thick woodlands, which provide plenty of hiding place for the Big Cats. The leopards are more elusive in this area. Lions and hyenas can be regularly spotted during the day, as well as cheetahs. Other resident wildlife includes hippo, giraffe, impala, topi, Thomson’s gazelles, as well as large concentrations of elephants.

The Mara River Crossing is a must-see if you are wildlife enthusiast. This will take your breath away considering their movement pattern, concentration and discipline. The sheer size and scope of this river crossing is astonishing to say the least, and it’s a survival for the fittest as the wildebeests and the zebras attempt to cross the river. On the other hand the predators are also keen to have their catch so it’s an experience you don’t want to miss at any cost. We recommend our guests to spend at least two to three nights in the Northern Serengeti during their safari, if they wish to see the crossing during this time.

During the months of July to the beginning of October, the weather can be dry and dusty. This is our winter in Tanzania, and the temperature can be as low as 5-10°C / 41-50°F in the early morning and evening, while the average temperature in the daytime can still be quite warm, between 20-25°C / 68-77°F.

Season Four!

This is the Short Rain Season. This is Mid October to November at Central Serengeti & Western Serengeti

As the herds move back into Tanzania, they are scattered into three groups, each group takink a different route( the Western, Eastern and Central Serengeti). The Central Serengeti will have a larger number of the herds, with Eastern corridor being less accessible. Central and the Western Serengeti are often the most popular locations during these months.

The Central Serengeti will have plenty of resident game, and with the migration returning, the game viewing will be even more diverse and exciting as the resident predators will have an abundance of food during this time. With scattered forests , Seronera valley and open plains, makes it easier to have game access with more grounds to cover compared with Western and Eastern Corridor. For those who prefer a more exclusive game drive during this time, Western Serengeti could be a suitable choice for game drive.

During this time, the weather can be quite warm during the daytime, between 20-25°C / 68-77°F, though after the rain and during early morning and evening time, the temperature typically drops in the low 10-15°C / 50-59°F.