Migration Safaris in Africa
East Africa is truly a magical holiday destination in terms of the many attractions and safari activities that you can undertake. Undoubtedly, the great variety of wildlife found in East Africa’s protected wildlife sanctuaries is a key tourist attraction. Notably, the iconic Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania are the best wildlife areas in Africa because they are home to great numbers of wild animals including the African Big Five, the quality of game viewing is unmatched. Whilst on safari holiday in East Africa you will be staying in well appointed safari lodges in these two landmark holiday destinations. Above all, the Masai Mara and Serengeti are renowned the world over as the centre stage of the dramatic annual wildebeest migration.
What is the annual wildebeest migration? The annual wildebeest migration is a spectacular mass movement of tens of thousands animals from the sweeping plains of the Serengeti crossing over to Masai Mara vast grasslands driven by hunger, need to reproduce and sheer instincts of the coming rainfall. It’s a natural phenomenon like no other, an annual cycle where an estimated more than 1.2 million wildebeest, and over 400,000 other herbivorous including zebras and antelopes embark on a long arduous journey between the month of June and September every year. It all begins with the onset of short rains in Serengeti around January to March, during this time there is plenty of succulent calcium and magnesium rich grass to feed the calving cows (female gnus). The great African predators including the cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild-dogs pursue the great herds of wildebeest. This time provides excellent opportunities for watching the African Big Cats in action.
The onset of the long rains between April and May forces safari lodges and camps to be closed down. Tracking the migrating wildebeest at this point is hampered by the impassable roads and the bleak weather. Early June, shortly after the rains have stopped, the region starts to dry up rapidly and soon the nice grass is depleted. The animals start congregating and moving northwards towards Lake Victoria marking the start of the mating season. By late July the wildebeest will have overcome their first treacherous crossing of the Grumenti River in Tanzania which is not as spectacular as the crossing of the Mara River ahead. From September to November the wildebeest are settled inside Masai Mara Game Reserve feeding and fattening in anticipation of their pending long trek back south in the following months. The annual cycle of the wildebeest migration starts all over again.
Demystifying Wildebeest Migration
Can one witness the annual wildebeest migration in any part of Masai Mara or Serengeti?
No, it is not possible to witness the wildlife migration from any part of Masai Mara or the Serengeti National Park for that matter contrary to what many people believe. The wildebeest migration is purely driven by nature which is beyond anybody’s control; migration will happen every year that’s given but no two migrations are the same, the migration do not adhere to a strict pattern or migratory route and the animals behave differently every time they are on the move.
Experience the Wildebeest Migration in the best way possible.
The annual wildebeest migration in East Africa is hard to beat; nowhere else on earth can you witness such a natural phenomena which has come to be known as the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. It’s a lifelong dream for many a tourist to witness the great annual wildebeest migration in Kenya or in Tanzania. It’s imperative to experience this annual wildlife event in the best way possible. Talks to us today.
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