Best Time to witness the Great Migration in the Masai Mara

Witness the Great Migration in the Masai Mara !!!

We are often asked when to go to the Masai Mara and when the best time to go on Safari.  For general game viewing there is no real best time to go!  Thanks to its abundant resident wildlife ( great population of lions, cheetahs and leopards and Big 5 ) and temperate climate, the Masai Mara is a fantastic year-round safari destination – check out our previous post “Best time to visit the Masai Mara and go on safari in Kenya”.

However, many guests come for the Wildebeest Migration, know as the Great Migration. It is a really unique event.

It is an enormous year round movement of animals, in which close on 2.5 million herbivores munch their way along an 800km route around the greater Serengeti – Masai Mara eco system, driven by the continuous search for drinking water and the quality of grazing.

The main body of the migration is formed by around 1.7 million wildebeest. There are also massive herd of  zebras (about 500,000 zebras)  who appear to be the main decision makers in terms of routes and timings.  Wildebeest are followers! A host of predators (lions, leopards, hyenas, leopards…) follows in stealthy pursuit. No wildlife event on the planet rivals East Africa’s Great Migration for sheer drama with the Mara River Crossings.

The best time to visit the Masai Mara for this famous spectacle is between July and the end of November. Although due to varying rainfall patterns, the exact timing varies from year to year. The past 4 years it has started between the 7th July and the 17th July.

Kilima Camp has one of the best locations in the Masai Mara and  guarantees fast access to the main Crossing points.
Furthermore been located on the Western part of the Masai Mara Kilima Camp organises its safari game drives in the Mara Triangle,  the most preserved and unspoiled part of the Masai Mara with very few camps and lodges, resulting in the lowest density of visitors and cars in the greater Masai Mara (even during the Great Migration).

Don’t miss the Great Migration, one of the most spectacular that nature has to offer in the world!