Great Wildebeest Migration

Guide to the Great Wildebeest Migration in October


On the road again…

After some time mingling in the Mara, the herds slowly start moving back into the Serengeti, moving through Loliondo Game Controlled Area in the east. The dry season is reaching its climax, and the rains may start falling on the short-grass plains from whence they came in the Serengeti. And so begins the slow journey back to the south in search of fresh, juicy new grasses and water. 

October is a popular month, with mild weather and a slow migration so there is a good chance of seeing the herds. There are also some stragglers needing to cross rivers, with hungry predators hot on their heels, of course.


Scenic Air Safari

Watch the drama and excitement of the migration unfold before you as you take to the skies for a light aircraft or helicopter flip over the action. A scenic air safari is a great add-on to a safari adventure in East Africa and gives you the opportunity to explore extremely remote locations while covering some big distances. It is a humbling experience as you take in the great stretches of land before you – an incredible way to grasp the huge distances the herds of the migration cover each year!

Where to stay

andBeyond Klein’s Camp

Situated in a game-rich corner of the Serengeti bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, in a 10,000 hectare wildlife concession leased from Masaai landlords, &Beyond’s Klein’s Camp offers an exclusive luxury safari experience like no other. Overlooking the valley that borders the two world-class reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, this remote camp offers thrilling wildlife viewing and carefully planned game drives that follow the progress of the herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope that make up the Great Migration.  

View from Governors Camp in Kenya

Governors’ Camp

Located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, award-winning Governors’ Camp is just a short boat ride across the famous Mara River within a riverine forest. The first tented camp in the Masai Mara, the 30 tented suites with wooden decks overlook constant game activity in the marsh, and on many occasions, wildebeest have been seen crossing right in front of the camp on their treacherous journey.

Mara Plains Camp

One of only five camps located within the 35,000 acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Mara Plains Camp borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve with unrivalled access to the private conservancies that surround it. Between July and October, the camp is perfectly positioned to put guests in the middle of the great wildebeest migration action. The camp also sees a second migration each year between late November and June where more than 200,000 wildebeest move east to west from the Loita plains to the Mara traversing the Olare Motorogi and Mara North Conservancies, home to Mara Expedition, and Mara Plains Camp.

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