Which country is best to see the Africa Great Migration - Tanzania or Kenya?

The wildebeest migration is a fluid movement of animals that spans across both Kenya and Tanzania in an annual cycle. A commonly asked question is "which is the best location to see the African Great Wildebeest Migration - Tanzania or Kenya?" Both destinations are phenomenal and offer year-round game viewing. When it comes to the Great Migration, it is important to distinguish the practical advantages of each.

Why Tanzania for the Great Wildebeest Migration? Tanzania has the lion's share of the action, with approximately 75% of the annual wildebeest migration period spent in Tanzania. An exclusive highlight of the Tanzania migration safari is the calving season which annually occurs in February on the Serengeti Southern Plains. Another unforgettable spectacle is the tens of thousands crossing the Grumeti River between June and July.

The other major feature where Tanzania scores highly is the crossing of the Mara River. The Mara River is the natural border between Kenya and Tanzania separating the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti on either side of it, The Maasai Mara can be chaotically busy, whereas the northern sections of the Serengeti have far fewer visitors and more exclusive sightings.

Why Kenya for the Great Wildebeest Migration? There are some compelling reasons for considering Kenya for your migration safari.

Firstly, the Maasai Mara is far closer to Nairobi (the start of your Kenyan safari) than the northern Serengeti is to Arusha (the start of your Tanzanian safari) If you are going on safari specifically to only watch the migration it is easier getting to the Maasai Mara by vehicle than the Serengeti. If however you are flying in, the difference in time is immaterial.

The second factor for consideration applies during the months of October and November, with the likelihood of the majority of the Wildebeest herds being on the Kenyan side of the Mara River (less so in Tanzania) If you are travelling at this time, the Maasai Mara provides a number of cheaper safari options, compared to the more expensive camps and lodges located in the northern section of the Serengeti.

Why combine both Kenya and Tanzania for your Great Migration safari? The Maasai Mara is an incredible tract of land with phenomenal general wildlife viewing, as is the Serengeti. It is our recommendation (should time and budgets allow) to attempt to combine both the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti (especially, should you wish to be guaranteed seeing the Great Migration in October and November)

The progress in relations between Kenya and Tanzania, has resulted in a flight routing making it possible for you to visit both Masala Mara and Serengeti without having to go back to Nairobi or Arusha.

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