Wildebeest typically inhabit the Serengeti plains of southeastern Africa. For most of their lives, wildebeest graze in the grassy savannas and open woodlands of the plains, which straddle the nations of Tanzania and Kenya. More than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate in an enormous loop every year.

Seasonal movement of the wildebeest herds

January to March

All the vast herd of wildebeest herd give birth more or less simultaneously, usually over a period of three weeks sometime between January and March, when optimum grazing is available on the short grass plains around Ndutu on Serengeti side.

April to June

Typically, the wildebeest head north-west from the short grass plains to the Grumeti River in late April. This river is their first real obstacle and crocodiles are waiting eagerly. From Grumeti, in June or July the herds move north, often spilling over into the Klein’s Camp Concession, before moving north into the Maasai Mara.

July to November

As they enter Kenya they must cross the Mara river with huge losses to the waiting crocodiles. The surviving wildebeest then rest on the Mara grasslands until October or November. Then, as the storm clouds gather in the south, the vast herds begin their journey south to return to their breeding grounds which, by the time they arrive, are once again green and lush and the cycle begin again.


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Serengeti wildebeest migration map


  1. Tarangire National Park -Acacia Tarangire

2. Serengeti Nation park

3. Serengeti National Park

4. Ngorongoro crator

5. End of the tour