The end of the high season means the crowds have (mostly) gone.

The migration is straddled between Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti. Both parks have their own advantages in October.

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A family of elephants grazing on the Maasai Mara

Where is the wildebeest migration in October?

At this point, the migration is quite scattered. Some wildebeest begin the long trek to the south back into the Serengeti, but some remain in the Maasai Mara for the whole month. The southern region of the Maasai Mara is still filled with lots of game.

By this time, almost all of the big tourist crowds have left, so it’s actually one of the best months for a safari. Expect many animals, fairly easy sightings — and you don’t have to compete with throngs of other vehicles and people.

The best place to be is in the southern and central regions of the Mara, as most of the wildebeest have left the northern parts. The animals will move slowly in their search for water and green grass. Another good area is the northeast Serengeti and Loliondo Game Reserve, where the animals are returning after their foray into Kenya.

Is October a good time to see the great migration?

October means the end of the dry season, but there is still a lot of activity in the Mara – even some occasional river crossings. As the rainfall slowly begins to soak into the fields, the savannah goes from golden to green.

It’s not until the end of October or beginning of November that the actual rains begin to fall. The days are still very warm with pleasant nights.

Masai Mara or the Serengeti?

If you’re set on seeing the great wildebeest migration, particularly from November to end of June, then the Serengeti is your spot. The great migration herds tend to be in the Serengeti during this time, along with the other classic wildlife safari highlights.

The Masai Mara is excellent all year round. It’s also less expensive than visiting the Serengeti, so if cost is paramount, try Kenya.

The other factor to bear in mind is exclusivity. The Serengeti is far bigger than the Masai Mara, so it is easier to enjoy a more exclusive safari experience here. That being said, the central regions of the Serengeti can get very busy too, so selecting your camps carefully is key.

About the authors

Where Is The Wildebeest Migration In October?

Hans Cosmas Ngoteya

Hans Cosmas Ngoteya is a conservationist from Tanzania, a National Geographic Explorer, and co-founder of numerous conservation organisations including Ngoteya Wild, Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization and Tanzania Wildlife Media Association.

Where Is The Wildebeest Migration In October?

Heather Richardson

Heather is an award-winning journalist and editor based in Cape Town, South Africa. She writes for the BBC, Sunday Times, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Departures Magazine, among others.

Where Is The Wildebeest Migration In October?

Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned travel journalist and guidebook author and is one of the world's leading authorities on Africa safari, wildlife and conservation. He has been travelling to Africa for more than two decades to research Africa safari guidebooks for Lonely Planet. He is widely published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), National Geographic Traveler, BBC Wildlife, Lonely Planet Traveller, Africa Geographic, The Independent, Travel Africa, among many others.

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