The Great Wildebeest Migration is the largest animal migration in the world. Every year, more than 2 million animals (wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle) migrate in a clockwise direction across the ecosystems of the Serengeti (Tanzania) and the Masai Mara (Kenya).
One of the most sought-after experiences for wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the great migration is the ever-moving circular migration of over a million animals across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
The constant movement of columns of wildebeest, joined by a host of companions, follow an age-old route in search of grazing and water. High drama is always present, as thousands of animals are taken by predators and thousands more are born, replenishing the numbers and sustaining the circle of life.
It’s vital to book your wildebeest migration safari in Africa up to a year in advance to get a lodge on or as close to the river as possible, this cuts down on travel time to lookout points. The wildebeest do have historical crossing areas and you may spend days staked out in the hope of seeing the action. We recommend choosing a mobile safari camp that moves with the migration to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time.
August is generally considered the best time to witness the dramatic river crossings from the northern Serengeti into the Masai Mara. You’ll need a passport to cross into Kenya; the wildebeest are exempt. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is open to members of the public so for a more exclusive safari experience, head for the private conservancies that are contiguous with the reserve.
After the big show of wildebeest migration in Tanzania, embark on one of the greatest adventures in Uganda; the Nile is the Longest River in the World. A giant water slide, floating platform, and River board combination is the most popular white-water adventure on the Nile River considered one of the best one-day white water trips in the world, your Tanzania Uganda Safari would be complete with experiencing the Nile from its source.
The source of the Nile is one of the most spectacular white-water rafting destinations in the world and for many visitors to Uganda; a rafting trip is the highlight of their visit. Expect long, rollicking strings of Grade IV and V rapids, with plenty of thrills and spills. Despite the intensity of some rapids, most people who venture here are first-time rafters; it’s the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and try something different.
Besides the standard big water runs, there are also less-extreme options for those who don’t want to be flung into the raging water. Family float trips are offered, which bypass the big waves and are guaranteed to garner squeals of delight from young kids.
You can take on the Big Four monster Grade V rapids, including Itanda. There is always a safety boat on hand if you decide the rapids are just too big for you. They each also include a host of incentives to lure you over, including meals and beers.