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The Great Migration Arrives in Tanzania! (Three Months Early)

Destination & Tourism | David Cogswell | April 03, 2015

The Great Migration Arrives in Tanzania! (Three Months Early)

PHOTO: The wildebeests of the Great Migration, which usually don't arrive till June, are already covering the landscape at Singita Grumeti Reserves. (Photo courtesy of Singita)

With anomalous weather patterns cropping up all over the world, nothing should surprise us, but people at  Singita Grumeti Reserves in the Serengeti plains in Tanzania were taken back to see the wildebeests, signaling the beginning of the annual Great Migration, three months early.

“There are about 100,000 on the Sasakwa and Nyati areas, the central areas of our property,” reports Singita. “They started arriving on the third of March when the guides were reporting large herds of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River onto our property. We were all pretty astounded as they are ridiculously early. We typically expect them at the beginning of June at the earliest. We actually thought it was only going to be a couple thousand ‘stray herds’ who had broken away from the bulk, as you get that from time to time, but then a few days later huge lines by the tens of thousands were pulling in. Brad at Faru Faru said that literally all he could see from the front of the camp was just wildebeest.”

Some are attributing the early arrival of the wildebeests to an unusual dry spell in the southern Serengeti. But though there may be uncertainty as to the cause, the result is undeniable. The wildebeests have arrived three months early at Singita Grumeti Reserves. The Great Migration has arrived! 

Singita Grumeti is adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem where the Great Migration takes place every year. The Grumeti reserve was established by the Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund in 2002, and in 2006 Singita took over the management of the property it now operates as Singita Grumeti.

As with all the anomalous weather conditions around the world, there is cause for some concern over the dry spell and the fact that it has pushed the migration to an earlier part of the year. But for the moment, there are some advantages.

The Great Migration is one of the most spectacular pageants in nature, and because of that, it’s hard to get a good seat unless you book years in advance. This year, because nature has thrown a curve ball, it is possible to grab one of the cottages at one of the lodges along the migration route without having booked it years in advance.

Singita has five lodges along the route of the Great Migration.

For information on booking, see

A live map tracking the migration can be seen at

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