WILDEBEEST MIGRATION

The Great Wildebeests Migration is the largest animal migration in the world. Every year, more than 2 million animals which include wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrates in a clockwise direction across the ecosystems of the Serengeti – Tanzania – and cross the Tanzania – Kenya border to the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. The wildebeests migrate around the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara Game Reserve for the sole purpose of following the rainfall as rainy season goes with cumulative green pastures. For their calving mostly from December – March they always begin their cycle in the Southern Serengeti area of Ndutu and follow wherever the grasses are green

The Great Wildebeests Migration in the Serengeti National Park is an inspiring spectacle that repeats more of several hundred years and annually attracts many people to come to East Africa and experience this wonderful thing. Some hundred thousands of antelopes and zebras gather in huge groups, beginning their way towards the valleys with looking for new grass. Many of them die while crossing as they eaten by predators, others are trampled by their frightened relatives and some of them simply do not stand such big loads and separate from herds.

From our experience, one of the most requested events from many tourists during migration is the arrival and crossing of the Mara River that occurs around late July to August and with parts of September. This has become of interested again during their returns to south around the last two weeks of October through early November.

Visitor should expect to see the great Wildebeests Migration around August and September. This is the best times as you will see groups of wildebeest migrating frequently and your chances of witnessing a river crossing will be generally much higher. Coming early October, the rainy season in Tanzania will commence, and the herds will eventually embarked on their return journey back to the Serengeti.

There are many different points to observe this mass movement of the wildebeest and other animals and all the drama it entails, but we would like to recommend the flash-points of the Mara River, the plains of the Masai Mara National Park, and the Ndutu Plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti.

Wildebeests migration is occurs as results of real struggle for life depending on weather. Mentioned wildness shows all severity and savagery of the animal world of Africa. Many of travelers want to see The Great Migration of wildebeests and therefore GVTS will present to you migration seasons and give some recommendations.  More so, It is important to note that, Great Migration in the Serengeti National Park takes place all over the year and because of its big size it is possible to meet herds of wildebeests in different parts of the park. Everything depends of the rainy season.

LIVE CIRCLE AND ACTIVITIES DURING THE MIGRATION

December

Normally, the Wildebeests Migration started by leaving kenya’s – Maasai Mara Game Reserve in November. The group of wild animals moves quickly south down through the Loliondo boundary to Lobo. At this time, the rains would have been started and fresh grass will start covering the Serengeti Plains.

January

The migration will be settled in the short grasslands on the southern plains of Ngorongoro. Game travels will be moving into the Ngorongoro Crater. Zebra are and gazelle will as well continuing with foaling.

February

During times in February, over 2 million wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, eland and predators will be in the Serengeti plains. At this time, wildebeest will be reproducing.

March

The heavy rains will be approaching the end and short grass plains will start draining.

April

The migration will starts moving slowly through woodlands towards the western corridor as the long or heavy rains will be heavily set in. The wildflowers will come out in full pump.

May

In this month, the migration will be follows the Mbalageti river towards the Grumeti Controlled Area where the long grass plains and woodlands will provide food.

June

The rains will start ending in this month and the dry season will be approaching the corner as the migration crosses the Grumeti River – the Grumeti crocodiles enjoy their annual ceremonies.

July

The migration will be moving to the  north-east through the Grumeti towards the Ikorongo Controlled Area. Some migratory animals move towards the Lobo area again.

August

Most of the migration will be concentrated in the Ikorongo area during the month of August. At this time the migration will looking to cross Mara River to get into the sweet grasses of the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

September

The migration will be moving into Kenya’s Maasai Mara to search of water and fresh grazing.

October

Then Serengeti is near the end of the dry season, water is available in the Maasai Mara.

November

The migration starts moving south in anticipation of the new season’s rains which are usually about to start.

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