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Great Wildebeest Migration

Guide to the Great Wildebeest Migration in May

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The herds head towards their first obstacle – the Grumeti River

May marks the beginning of the dry season, and while a few rogue animals are seen heading north towards the Seronera region, the bulk of the herds are seen in massive columns making their way across to the Western Corridor. The mass of animals follow the Mbalageti river, with long grassy plains and woodlands providing food, and end up congregating on the banks of the Grumeti River towards the end of the month. This will be the first big obstacle for the herds to tackle. 

While the Grumeti crossing may not be considered as treacherous as the famous Mara River crossing, it still offers some excellent sightings with the added bonus of having fewer tourists to contend with at crossing points.

Experiences

Bush Dining

Dining under the African stars – whether near the river’s edge, with grunting hippos and crocodiles lurking in the shadows, or with the vast plains opening up in front of you – is an exhilarating experience. Candlelight, lanterns and camp fires typically light the way to what promises to be an unforgettable meal, right in the heart of the surrounding wilderness.  Whether arranged as a romantic picnic, family occasion, or group get-together, a bush dinner is a must on an East African migration safari. 

Where to stay

Mbali Mbali Serengeti Lodge

Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti Lodge comprises thatched safari rooms, built high up on a natural plateau with sweeping views of the Musabi plains in the Western Corridor. As the animals move up towards the northern plains of the Serenegti (between March and June) this is a great place to be based, and offers a fantastic vantage point to view the massive herds from above. For those seeking a more luxurious lodge feel as opposed to a tented camp experience, Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti Lodge ticks the boxes.

Naona Moru Camp

Elevated high up alongside the Moru Kopjes, Naona Moru Camp offers guests immense views that pan from the southern plains of the Serengeti into the central hub, where they can witness the hordes of migratory animals making their way to the Mara. The intimate camp has ten tented ultra-luxurious suites catering for all discerning safari clients from honeymooners, to groups or friends and families – all wanting to tick the great wildebeest migration off their bucket lists. 

Interior of luxury tented suite at One Nature Nyaruswiga in the Serengeti

One Nature Nyaruswiga Serengeti Safari Camp

Embraced by the breathtaking Nyaruswiga Hills in the heart of the Central Serengeti, One Nature Nyaruswiga is an eco-luxury camp that blends in beautifully with the surrounding pristine woodlands. Overlooking open savannah and endless plains, the 14 safari tents are an idyllic base for exploring the surrounds and providing a magical backdrop to the migrating animals as they pass through the plains year after year. Because of its central location, Nyaruswiga Hills is a good base with short drives either east or west to see the herds.

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