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Witnessing the Spectacle: The Great Migration in September

Each year, the Serengeti plains in Tanzania become the stage for the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders—the Great Migration. This awe-inspiring event sees over two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles traverse the vast landscapes in a perpetual quest for fresh grazing grounds and water. September is a key time in this grand migration, attracting nature lovers worldwide with its distinctive spectacle.

The Drama of September: River Crossings and Predator Encounters

Dramatic river crossings, a highlight of the Great Migration, characterize September in the Serengeti. As the dry season tightens its grip, the Mara River becomes a crucial obstacle in the path of the migrating herds. These crossings are dangerous, as the wildebeest and zebras brave crocodile-infested waters and strong currents to reach the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara in Kenya. The sheer determination and instinctual drive of these animals create a spectacle of heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring survival.

This period also offers heightened opportunities to witness predator-prey interactions. The concentration of migrants provides ample hunting opportunities for the Serengeti’s big cats—lions, leopards, cheetahs—and hyenas and crocodiles. Observing these skilled predators in action is a powerful reminder of the harsh realities of life in the wild and the ecosystem’s delicate balance.

 Kilidove Tours: Your Gateway to the Great Migration

At Kilidove Tours, we specialize in crafting tailor-made safari experiences that bring you to the heart of the action. Our expert guides, well-versed in the patterns of migration and the behavior of wildlife, ensure that you are in the right place at the right time to witness the most thrilling moments. With our intimate knowledge of the Serengeti and its seasonal dynamics, we offer unparalleled access to the migration’s key events.

Our safaris during the migration season are designed to provide spectacular wildlife viewing, comfort, and style. Choosing a luxury-tented camp or lodge ensures accommodations that integrate with nature, delivering an immersive safari without sacrificing comfort.

Why Choose September?

For several reasons, September stands out as an exceptional time to experience the Great Migration. The weather is predominantly dry, providing excellent game-viewing conditions. The visibility is superb, with fewer obstructions from vegetation, making it easier to spot wildlife. Moreover, the dramatic river crossings and active predators during this time make for an unparalleled safari experience filled with action and excitement. September marks the end of the holiday season in Europe, resulting in fewer crowds compared to July and August.

Where to Stay in September?

We collaborate with a selection of premier tented camps in northern Serengeti, providing front seats to the great migration. Gnu Migration Camp, Nimali Mara, Serengeti Bushtops, and Siringit Camp are among these camps. However, we work with many others in the area.

Witness the Migration in September from Kenya or the Tanzanian side?

The decision between Kenya and Tanzania in September often comes down to personal preference and what you hope to get from your safari experience.

  • Choose Kenya (Maasai Mara)  if you prefer to see large concentrations of animals and don’t mind sharing the experience with more tourists. The Maasai Mara’s vast plains make for iconic safari scenery and spectacular game viewing.
  • Opt for Tanzania (Northern Serengeti) if you’re looking for a more secluded experience with fewer tourists while still having a good chance of witnessing river crossings. The Northern Serengeti provides a raw, untouched experience, plus the advantage of discovering other areas within the Serengeti ecosystem.

Regardless of your choice, both destinations offer a front-row seat to one of the most incredible natural events in the world. Kilidove Tours provides expertly guided safaris on both sides of the border, ensuring a memorable and enriching Great Migration experience in September.

Embarking on Your Journey

Kilidove Tours is committed to making your Great Migration safari a lifetime journey. Our dedication to conservation and sustainable tourism helps preserve the ecosystem for future generations through your adventure.

As September approaches, the call of the wild becomes irresistible. The Great Migration awaits—a testament to the resilience of nature and the untamed beauty of Tanzania. Moreover, embark on an adventure that transcends the ordinary into a world where wildlife reigns supreme, and each day brings a new chapter in the greatest show on Earth. Join us and witness the spectacular drama of the Great Migration in September.


How would you like your African experience? Adventurous? Romantic? Active? Relaxing? From each sunrise brimming with promise to every mesmerizing sundown, let Tanzania seduce you in whichever way you choose.


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