Serengeti wildebeest migration safari

Serengeti Migration Safari

The Wildebeest Migration – every year almost two million wildebeest, zebra, topi and antelope migrate from the vast Serengeti Plains in Tanzania, to the lush rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara, in Kenya. The journey is 1,800 miles and tough and arduous, with many animals falling prey to Africa’s lion, leopard and cheetah – not to mention the crocodiles which lie in wait each year for that first wildebeest to cross the Grumeti and Mara Rivers. Seeing the sheer magnitude of animals amongst the wildebeest migration, as well as the drama and action this extraordinary natural spectacle provokes, is nothing short of miraculous.

When can I see the Great Migration?

Great Migration of wildebeest and other herbivorous like zebra and Thomson gazelle is the wonder in the natural world. Wildebeest in thousands of large groups tends migrate annually for a long distance from the Southern plains of Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara in the North in search of food and water. As the local weather influence growth of grass, their movement from one place to another tends to be slightly different as the route changes to follow places in rich of pastures. Therefore, they may move earlier this year from the grass plain of the south and have a longer stay in the North next year. This movement of herds tends to happen annually with no doubts.

movement of the wildebeest January to March

All the vast herd of wildebeest herd give birth of the next generation of wildebeest, usually over a period of three weeks in the month between January and March, when optimum grazing is available on the short grass plains around Ndutu where predators are waiting, so these young wildebeests must be ready to run within minutes of birth if they want to survive the Migration. At the end of March as the last birth is given the first movement of wildebeest will start to central Serengeti

April to June

Typically, the wildebeest head north-west from the short grass plains to the Grumeti River in late April. This river is their first real obstacle and crocodiles are waiting eagerly. From Grumeti, in June or July the herds move north, often spilling over into the Klein's Camp Concession, before moving north into the Maasai Mara.

July to November; River Crossing

Danger came to the migration as they enter Kenya they must cross the Mara River with huge losses to the waiting crocodiles along the shores. The surviving wildebeest then rest on the Mara grasslands until October or November.

October and November

The herds gather together again to start their journey to the Southern plain of Serengeti through the eastern part of Serengeti. As the time they arrive at their natural breeding ground of Ndutu it’s green and lush hence the cycle begins again We offer a number of safari options into the Serengeti. If you’re interested in seeing the Migration let us know when. Our adventure experts would like to help you time your trip and choose the safari package that will give you the best shot of catching the Migration.

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