THE GREAT WILDEBEEST MIGRATION EXPERIENCE
The Wildebeest Migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. Join us and get hooked up on one of the best journeys on an Africa Safari. View our trip ideas to kenya or Tanzania below;
The Great Wildebeest Migration
The specular movement in the world happens where wildebeest, zebras and antelopes across the Masai Mara and Serengeti ecosystem.
The great wildebeest migration occurs in two countries that is Kenya in the Maasai Mara game reserve and Tanzania in the Serengeti National Park.
These animals move in search of the green pastures or short grass in both ecosystems which happens during a different period.
The great migration movement involves millions of Wildebeests, thousands of Zebras and hundreds of Gazelles struggle for their lives against the predators.
This movement starts from the southern eastern to the northern hills of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. The wildebeests spend the wet seasons in the southern eastern part and the dry season in the Northern hills.
On your East African safari don’t miss out this spectacular event which happens in the premium parks that is Serengeti and Masai Mara. Below are the places where the event happens.
Mara River to Grumeti River Crossing
The Mara River is located in Masai Mara Kenya well as Grumeti River is in Serengeti- Tanzania on the northern hills.
This migration starts in October and millions of gazers cross from the Mara river to Kirawira River in search for the greener grasses.
This takes them 6 months to cross over back to Masai Mara in April during the rains. Its also during the months of January to March that most of the wildebeest give birth.
The beests flood the south part with new born’s on the grass plains and when the rains stop, they transfer back to Masai Mara and the second event happens in May/June.
The migration is never the same since the geographical circumstances have a huge influence in determining the event.
The wildebeests may remain longer in the greener areas as they share the grasses with other grazers like the zebras and gazelles.
Seronera South and East Crossing
In November to December the rains start and herds of the beests migration starts in the east part of Serengeti between the Seronera, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Conservancy.
During this period the wildebeests are every where in these major routes of all game drives in the Serengeti.
Tourists enjoy watching them feed on fresh green grass, play and interact with one another.
They stay in this place for four months that is January to March where most beests new borns are sighted flooding the plains.
In may the movement starts to the western part of the park to the north in search for green grasses again but the migration is halted in the Grumeti river. The beests collect in this place called the western corridor as their numbers increase before crossing over. This is because the Grumeti river has got huge numbers of crocodiles that prey on them and they believe if they are in huge numbers they can survive.
Don’t miss-out on these wonderful excitements of Seeing the Wildebeest Migration will always be memorable. Don’t forget to book your trip between Jan – April and July – October. During this time millions of animals’ cross to Masai Mara national Reserve from Serengeti.
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