Masai MaraRiver Crossing
The Great Wildebeest Migration, otherwise known as the Great Annual Wildlife Migration, is a fascinating phenomenon involving the migration of more than a million zebra, wildebeest, and antelope across East Africa. Witnessing the migration will top just about anyone's list of amazing experiences in Africa, so we urge you to add this activity to your bucket list!


The migration begins in Tanzania's Serengeti plains around April and May. When the Serengeti dries out, about 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra gather their young and move north towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, searching for grassier plains. The animals reach the reserve between July and August, and cross the Mara River in overwhelming numbers. Wildebeest are also mating at this time, so some travelers have even had the great fortune of watching newborn babies run alongside their mothers!

Because of the crossing, July and August are considered by many to be ideal migration-watching months. One of the most spectacular sights is that of the Great Migration crossing the Mara River. It's a rare treat to witness the crossing in action; even when the animals are nearby, they are often too cautious to cross. But even still, if you travel to the right place at the right time in search of the wildebeest or zebra, you will find yourself surrounded by thousands of them at a time.

Migration Path
If you visit Africa at the right time of the year and visit Tanzania or Kenya to watch the migration, be sure to bring your camera to capture the greatest wildlife show on earth!