The Great Wildebeest Migration in December?

Where are the wildebeest herds in December?

They are in South Serengeti and Ndutu Conservation Area.

Highlights of Wildebeest Migration in December

  • The wildebeest are arriving in Serengeti South and some entering Ndutu for another unique season of calving or birthing
  • They are very expectant and ready to give birth starting late January
  • The area is warm and dry but full of green grounds


December :- The Wildebeest Starts Heading South

The short rains begin around early November. A little after this, in late November and December, the herds of the wildebeest migration arrive on the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. These are south and east of Seronera, around Ndutu, and include the north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dispersed across these plains, wildebeest, and zebra are everywhere – feeding on the fresh, nutritious grasses.

Although there is no real beginning or end to this migratory circuit — other than birth and death — it seems reasonable to call the wildebeests’ birthing season the start of the migration. Around late January or early February, the herds occupy the short-grass plains that spread over the lower northern slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater highlands and around Olduvai Gorge.

Climate and Weather in December

Wildebeest Migration Weather Conditions in December

What can you expect from the weather in Serengeti National Park during December? Wondering if it’s the right time to visit? Browse this page for a comprehensive overview of the weather conditions for that month.

In December, Serengeti National Park generally has high temperatures and high rainfall. Daytime temperatures hover around 29°C, while nights can cool down to about 17°C. Keep in mind, that these temperatures are averages, and some days might be even warmer. Dress suitably to manage the heat.

Serengeti National Park in December usually receives high rainfall, averaging around 109 mm for the month. Typically around 15 days of rainfall is expected.


The shift into December records an average high temperature of a still moderately hot 27°C (80.6°F), subtly varied from November’s 27°C (80.6°F). A noticeable downturn in temperature characterizes the December nights in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, averaging at a mild 15°C (59°F).


In Serengeti National Park, in December, during 15 rainfall days, 97mm (3.82″) of precipitation is typically accumulated. In Serengeti National Park, during the entire year, the rain falls for 142 days and collects up to 840mm (33.07″) of precipitation.


The month with the longest days in Serengeti National Park is December, with an average of 12h and 18min of daylight.
On the first day of December in Serengeti National Park, sunrise is at 06:22, and sunset at 18:37. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 06:36 and sunset at 18:51 EAT.


January through March, and June through December, with an average of 8 hours of sunshine, are the months with the most sunshine.

Daytime temperature 27.9°C
Nightly temperature 15.4°C
Average temperature 21.6°C
Daily sunshine 8.4 hrs
Avg rainfall 97 mm
Rainy days 15 days
Sea temperature 28.1°C
Humidity 70%
Windspeed 10.4kph

Gallery of Wildebeest Migration in December

Enjoy some amazing photos of wildebeest migration seen and sighted during this month of the year.

Nearby Camps to Stay For Wildebeest Migration in December

Explore the nearest safari camps and lodges where the wildebeest migrations were seen and spotted. We recommend these wildebeest migration camps and lodges.

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