The river crossings begin
By June, the group has gathered in a mega-herd on the southern banks for the Grumeti River, where ravenous crocodiles gather under the murky pools, awaiting a wildebeest and zebra banquet. Rutting season (mating season) is also underway and the surge of testosterone in males can be heard through reverberating grunts and bellows as they round up their chosen ladies.
The Grumeti River crossings can start early in the month, but tend to intensify around the middle of June, with huge herds splashing through the channels and pools of the croc-infested waters.
Sundowners at a Waterhole
Often referred to as ‘happy hour’ in the African bush, sundowners generally round off afternoon game drives and this daily ritual becomes a common thread throughout your safari. As the light slowly starts to fade at sunset, there is no better to enjoy a refreshing sundowner drink than at a waterhole, where a wide variety of game congregate in search of a refreshing drink themselves. Because the herds of the migration are on a mission themselves to seek greener pastures and fresh water, there’s a good chance you will encounter some migratory animals here too.
Where to stay
Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Singita Faru Faru Lodge offers contemporary luxury that blends seamlessly with its breathtaking surroundings. Ideally situated on a slope, overlooking the Grumeti River in the private Grumeti Reserve concession (some 350,000 acres of pristine wilderness within the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem) the area forms part of the great wildebeest migration which sees the herds famously crossing the Grumeti towards the end of May and throughout June. The reserve is also rich in wildlife, making it a great destination for safari goers all year round.
andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
Situated right on the banks of a tributary of the Grumeti River, Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp gives guests front row seats to the great wildebeest migration passing through in June. The proximity to the water draws an abundance of game all year including seasonal hippo pods which can be seen from any one of the camps ten luxury tented suites. The camp’s exclusive location offers an intimate game viewing experience, and perhaps even a rare sighting of the black and white colobus monkey – found nowhere else in the Serengeti.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp
Located on the grassy Serengeti plains of the private Grumeti Reserve, forming part of the exciting great wildebeest migration route, Sabora Tented Camp is another incredible property from the Singita group, providing guests with ring side seats to the spectacle. Taking on a more modern approach to the elements of a romantic tented safari, Singita Sabora sets a new standard for luxury adventures under canvas. This, combined with some of the most prized game viewing in Africa, makes Singita Sabora a great choice for the discerning safari traveler.
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