August 4

The Great Migration in Pictures


By Marlin Clark on
August 4, 2023

Witness nature's most extraordinary wildlife scenes in our Great Migration in pictures blog post. With breathtaking views and drama-filled encounters, the Wildebeest Migration is a unique experience in East Africa that every safari enthusiast should experience. Keep scrolling for a taste of what to expect...


Wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the annual great migration

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the annual Great Migration

Described as the "greatest wildlife display on Earth", this annual migration sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, followed by zebra, antelope and hungry predators, trek across the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya's Maasai Mara. Crossing the enormous savannah isn't for the faint-hearted, and these animals must fight some of Mother Nature's fiercest forces.


Mother group stand over to protect baby just born

Mothers protect their vulnerable newborns 

The Great Migration isn't a day event but a year-long journey guided by rainfall. Between December and March, wildebeest give birth to cute newborns in Tanzania. However, this also attracts the attention of predators as these little ones are easy prey, and mothers have to keep a watchful eye.


Hunting lion

Hungry lion getting ready to hunt for some lunch

As wildebeest flood the open plains, watchful predators follow on their heels. And with so many choices of prey to enjoy, the chance of a successful kill is very good.


Wildebeest herd crossing the Mara River

A wildebeest herd crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River

Africa's number one wildlife spectacle is on full display as the wildebeest cross the Mara River. Made world-famous by nature documentaries, this river-crossing promises drama in the highest form, as ravenous crocodiles lie waiting, ready to pounce from out of nowhere!


Cheetahs attacking wildebeest

This wildebeest does not stand a chance

On-lookers watch in awe as a pack of cheetahs go in for the kill. Become so enchanted by the thrill of nature that you, too, hold your breath as predator and prey battle it out.


Big herd of wildebeest in the savannah

Wildebeest gather in baffling numbers during the Great Migration 

It's easy to see why this is named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa! The sheer number of animals congregating during the Great Migration is unbelievable.


Mother and baby wildebeest In Amboseli Park

Mother and baby wildebeest in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

To truly appreciate its magnitude, this majestic pilgrimage should really be experienced first-hand. We especially love seeing the newborns trying to find their feet.


Crocodile attack wildebeest in the Mara river

A crocodile unexpectedly attacks a wildebeest in the Mara River

More entertaining than anything you'll watch on TV, the raw and exhilarating sightings will keep you on your toes. You never know what's lurking, ready to attack unsuspecting prey. Therefore, this journey requires a lot of grit and determination.


Large wildebeest herd during the great migration

Wildebeest grazing in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

A captivating vision of wildebeest-speckled savannah, Tanzania is a wildlife paradise that should be at the top of any nature lover's bucket list.


Wildbeest Migration between the Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Park

Wildebeest Migration between the Serengeti and Maasai Mara

As the survivors leave others in their dust and storm towards their new territory, the magic that has unfolded through this journey can only be described as phenomenal.

See the Great Migration in Real Life

Are you ready for a Great Migration safari of your own? There are many variables to consider, like the time of year you want to travel and what part of the migration you wish to be a part of. 

Contact our Travel Experts, and let's start planning your tailor-made, once-in-a-lifetime East Africa adventure! 

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Marlin Clark

Marlin was born in Johannesburg, but moved to Cape Town at the age of five. Growing up, he's always been fascinated with colours and shapes - the Lego blocks he was obsessed with as a kid are now repurposed as stationary holders on his desk. Marlin is inspired by all things beautiful, has a positive outlook on life, and is driven by a desire to make things that matter. In his spare time he enjoys expanding his knowledge on all things design-related, loves to travel, and find opportunities to improve his outdoor photography. He'll never pass up a good cup of coffee.

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