Kenya’s call of the wild: Witness the majestic great migration

ByAndrea Thompson

June 18, 2024

Witnessing the Great Migration in Africa is a spectacle unlike any other, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that draws travellers from around the globe.

This natural phenomenon, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other animals navigate the plains of East Africa in search of food and water, is a powerful display of life’s determination.

The optimal period for observing the Great Migration spans from July to November, with the river crossings being especially spectacular during July and August as the herds make their way into Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The crossings at the Mara River represent some of the most exhilarating displays in nature, with innumerable animals daring to cross the waters teeming with crocodiles is a critical struggle for survival of the fittest.

In this season, visitors have the opportunity to observe not just the river crossings, but also the dramatic interactions between predators and prey, a timeless spectacle. Beyond witnessing the migration, the Maasai Mara provides a variety of experiences, including game drives, hot air balloon safaris, and cultural tours of Maasai villages.

For those seeking a more secluded viewpoint, the Western Serengeti’s Mbalageti and Sand River crossings offer a chance to see the migration without the crowds. These areas are less frequented by tourist but no less spectacular.

Choosing the right time for your visit is essential; the period from July to September provides the optimal opportunity to witness river crossings, but each stage of the migration offers distinct experiences. The onset of Tanzania’s rainy season in early October signals the herds’ commencement of their return to the Serengeti.

The Great Migration is not just about observing animals; it’s about immersing in one of nature’s grandest events. It’s about feeling the ground tremble under the hooves of thousands, hearing the calls of the wild, and watching as life unfolds in its most primal form.

A must-see for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Whether perched on a hilltop in the Maasai Mara or nestled by a riverbank in the Serengeti, visitors are guaranteed an unforgettable experience that will resonate long after they’ve returned home.