Why you have to see the great migration in Kenya

The great migration is one of the wilds most fascinating stories, watch as the wildebeest, zebra and antelope make their journey across Kenya and Tanzania. They will be chased and threatened and many will not survive, lions attack them, crocodiles take their turn when they try to cross the rivers and leopards lie in wait for them to strike.


by Paul Webb

So what should you be aware of?

  • Remaining patient: you cannot really plan to see the migration, you can try and see it roughly but otherwise you need to head out in November to Kenya ideally and the Masai Mara where you should grab a glimpse of it. Sadly the wildebeest do not keep to an exact daily schedule which can make it difficult to plan.

  • Staying alert: The migration involves thousands of wildebeest and they will all be travelling together and on occasions can be known to storm an area if feeling under threat. So don’t get out of your car to try and get close to them or get a close up picture. Follow the instructions of your guide and always be safe.
  • Pick a reputable firm: When planning to see this wonderful spectacle pick a firm that you know you can trust, don’t just go for the cheapest as you may not see what you want and you could find yourself in some risk of the people you are with and at risk of the animals.
gnu migration

by David Bygott

  • Bring binoculars: Sometimes it is incredibly difficult to get up close with these animals and you will have to see them from slightly further away and a pair of binoculars can make all the difference to you.


  • Prepare for an early wake up: Most animals wake up and are roaming prior to 6:00AM so you will often be up and out before this time and safari will often finish around 8:30AM in time for you to get back to your hotel. Once back at your hotel, you can then have some breakfast and probably a morning nap before an afternoon journey back out.

What you won’t forget.

  • Seeing the migration: it is an amazing thing to view especially if you are watching them all try and cross a river. Thousands of them will all be lined up against the river… it just takes one to go and they all follow! In a matter of a few minutes over a thousand wildebeest and zebras will have stormed across the river to the safety of the other side trying to remain safe from the crocodiles in the river.
the migration

by Mama Duma b

  • Your guide: your guide is your eyes and will help you spot animals you wouldn’t have noticed — their aim is to get you to see as much as possible and in return all they ask is a small tip. They are usually the most friendly of people and their sole aim is your enjoyment.


Jerome Jeffs is a travel writer living in Kenya, who spent his youth as a London Tour guide and a Stonehenge Tour guide before moving to Nairobi.

1 Comment to “Why you have to see the great migration in Kenya”

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