Great Wildebeest Migration

Guide to the Great Wildebeest Migration in January


Calving season begins in the Southern Serengeti

In January, the herd is generally concentrated in the grassy southern plains of the Serengeti spilling over into the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Towards the end of the month, the female wildebeest, zebra and antelope are ready to give birth to their young, and the short rains provide lush, fresh pasture for them to feed on, providing life-giving sustenance to the calves. This is also a perfect opportunity for hungry predators pounce on the new, more helpless members of the herd, and the marshy woodlands and wide-open grasslands are the perfect hunting grounds for big cats. 

Because the rain is quite unpredictable in January however, the animals could be moving from the Lobo Valley in the north to Lake Ndutu in the south, so staying somewhere central is recommended to get a better chance of witnessing the herd.


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Where to stay

Sanctuary Kusini Camp

Perched on a rocky outcrop, with breathtaking views of the Serengeti’s remote south, Sanctuary Kusini is the only permanent camp in the region, situated directly on the path of the beginning of the great wildebeest migration. The remote location of the camp is renowned for uninterrupted game viewing that includes the Big Five as well as the ‘Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth’. Luxuriously furnished tents with elevated verandas overlook the wildlife-rich plains, offering front row seats to the action below.  

Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp

Between November and January, and again between April and June, the area surrounding the intimate Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp is crossed by the great wildebeest migration, providing guests with exciting wildlife theatrics. The camp is situated in a concealed part of the pristine Seronera Valley, a transition zone known for its lush grasslands in the south and woodlands in the north, as well as its abundance of rivers, making for excellent game viewing all year round.

Elewana Pioneer Camp

Elewana Pioneer represents an era of safari elegance, paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1920’s – when adventure into the unknown epitomised the experience. Ideally located in the southern Serengeti, within the Moru Kopjes area, the camp offers remarkable access to the great wildebeest migration with panoramic views overlooking the Kopjes, Lake Magadi, and the seemingly endless grassy plains of the Serengeti, abundant in wildlife all year round.

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