June marks the end of the rainy season and the plains are lush and green. The wildebeest herds cover great distances. Driving times between leading and trailing herds can exceed three hours. Traditionally, it’s the Grumeti River crossing period, but this is mainly dependent on the water level of the Grumeti River. It’s ideal to point out that the great annual wildebeest migration brings the plains herds in search of fresh pasture through the western corridor where they have to cross the Grumeti River on their move to start entering the Masai Mara towards August.
The Mbalageti River and Grumeti River surrounding environs are renowned for superb game sights, and action from June, and July with magnificent wildebeest and zebra river crossings through the Mbalageti or Grumeti River commonly happening from early June to end of July. There is seldom enough water in the river to produce dramatic crossings like those seen at the Mara River in July and August.
The Western Corridor of The Serengeti, Tanzania
The western corridor area spans from Mbalageti to Grumeti area of the Serengeti and within it; does exist the natural path of the annual wildebeest migration and the indigenous biodiversity of this vast area is an important ecosystem. Grumeti River is home to some of the world’s biggest Nile crocodiles. These crocodiles are infrequent eaters and wait for the migration river crossings to provide them with food. Early July, traditionally marks the start of the Grumeti River Crossings, as the herds risk it all to continue their trek to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Going on safari to Grumeti area in July is really a return to the true essence of safari as safari-goers witness what the Serengeti-Mara ecosystems holds for the breathtaking migration and Big Cats survival that defines these legendary lands.
This treacherous odyssey is dictated by the seasons and where the rains are, the wildebeests, zebra, elands, gazelles. antelopes are not far behind and so are the tenacious predators that have the guts to follow their favorite prey. This epic journey from north to south is an iconic safari must-visit for avid travellers, nature lovers, bird watchers and photography enthusiasts as well as those who want a little more from their safari experience. Each year, from August to November, almost 2 million wildebeest and 200,000 plains herds migrate from the Grumeti area into the Masai Mara through the Mara River and Sand River from different crossing points.
Where to stay in Serengeti in June and July
Normally June is interesting because of the dispersion of the herds. Spending balanced time on both sides of the Nyamuma and Simiti Hills. The most ideal place to stay in June is at the Mbalageti area in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain lands and the Mbalageti River, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of the wildebeest from June and Grumeti River from July. It’s a long way around and knowing where to be at precisely helps with the action-packed wildlife watching on safari.
How to fit western Serengeti for June or July
It’s ideal to visit the Serengeti on safari after a visit from Lake Manyara or Ngorongoro Crater. It has become rather traveller-friendly for safari-goers to arrive to Tanzania through Zanzibar INT Airport for favourable flight routes and there are quick flight connections to Serengeti, Arusha and Dar es Salaam directly. In our Tanzania Horizon set-group departure safari stays near the herds as they are moving seasonally, and we cater to private trip planning and operations in Zanzibar Island and across Tanzania proficiently. If you would like to custom design your safari to Tanzania, you can contact us and we can carefully design a safari program based on the migration seasonality in the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem.