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Wildebeest Migration Overview

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The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”.

Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration; over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Masai Mara National Reserve were they will be hunted, stalked, and run down by the larger carnivores.

MARCH TO MAY

The herds spread out as the rains fall, then can be seen massing with their young. By April they are shifting slowly north into the central Serengeti. May finds them moving in columns into the Western Corridor whose grasslands are maintained by the flood waters of the Mbalageti and Grumeti Rivers.

JULY TO AUGUST

The cool, dry months. The herds mass on the western wooded grasslands. The famous rut usually occurs in the Seronera area, then crossing the Grumeti, two flanks can appear rapidly moving west and out of the park, with the other flank heading north towards Lobo, reaching the Mara usually by Aug. The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Masai Mara where crocodiles will prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive risking the flood waters and the jaws of crocodiles.

SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER

The nomadic herds are found on the well watered expanse of open and bushed grasslands of the Mara as these are usually the driest months in the Serengeti. The short rains are not far away.

NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY

The herds head south feeling the rains coming, moving into the eastern woodlands of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area. By Jan they settle on the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti, Dec to Jan being the peak for the birth of zebra foals and late Jan to Feb of wildebeest calves. The predators are close by. Calves are usually on their feet within 3 minutes but the young are very vulnerable.

Kenya Masai mara migration Safari


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About Masai Mara

Named for the Maasai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River which divides it, Masai Mara is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of the wildebeest every July and August, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration.

Though not the largest game park in Kenya, Masai Mara is the most famous.

Masai Mara is most famous for its lions. All other members of the "Big Five" are to be found in the Masai Mara. Wildebeest are the dominant inhabitant of the Masai Mara, and their numbers are estimated in the millions. Around July of each year these animals migrate in north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October.

The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving about 1,300,000 Wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson's Gazelle, and 191,000 Zebra. These numerous migrants are followed along their annual route by predators, most notably lions and hyena.

Every July (or sometimes August), the wildebeest travel over 600 miles (960km) from Tanzania's Serengeti plains, northwards to the Masai Mara and the Mara River is the final obstacle. In October or November, once they have feasted and the grass has all but gone, they turn around and go back the other way

Masai Mara Migration Safari

 
 
   
The Great Migration

Serengeti Annual Wildebeest Migration Safari

One of the greatest natural wonders of the world is the annual Great Migration that
crosses the Serengeti region of northern Tanzania. Travel with us and you
will travel right into the heart of the terrain where this remarkable animal trek occurs.

 
 
   
Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Ride Safaris
Serengeti hot air balloon ride
 

A Serengeti hot air balloon ride is an adventure that can easily be included in safari itineraries that include at least two nights in central Serengeti or Western Corridor Camps (Grumeti River Camp, Kirawira Camp, Mbalageti Camp, etc).

 
 
     
 
 
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