WILDEBEEST MIGRATION SAFARI
The Wildebeest Migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, Every year, the Serengeti's short November rains signal the beginning of one of the world's most amazing wildlife spectacles. Several million hooves kick up the dust as they move through the Serengeti plains in a search for green pastures.
Some two million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle traveling a year-long route in a snorting, dust-raising column that can stretch for 40km - it's the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration, one of Nature's greatest shows.
Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.
The precise timing of the Wildebeest Migration changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event. The calving season takes place in the Serengeti between the months of January and mid-March before the Wildebeest Migration begins heading towards the western Serengeti in June. The best time to see the migration is usually between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. There are a few excellent camps in this area where you can stay to witness this natural phenomenon. If you are in the Masai Mara you can expect the wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July, but they generally arrive between August and September and remain in the Mara between October and November. Between December and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration back towards the Serengeti.
We believe that going on African safari, viewing & witnessing the Wildebeest migration is one of the ultimate safari experiences that Africa has to offer.
You need to time your visit well as the herds move to the rhythms of the seasons: read all about it in our Important Migration Months feature.
It's not just tourists who follow the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration closely: the predators move in as need drives the game into dense concentrations. With the addition of lion, leopard and crocodile, the journey is punctuated with drama.
The circular rhythm of nature plays out in one of her most magnificent arenas as thousands of animals live and die to the breath of the Serengeti seasons.
There is a small amount of permanent water in the Serengeti, and the migration is closely tied to rainfall patterns. As a result, the migration follows a relatively predictable cycle, but the exact timing does vary from year to year.
The Serengeti Migration is a dynamic, fluid event, dictated by the onset of the rains and fresh pasture. It's important to know where the herds are at what time.
Here is our guide to the Serengeti migration's important months and where we recommend staying to ensure you have ringside seats while you are on your African Safari.
Once the southern Serengeti's short November rains have fallen, thousands of large mammals travel fast, heads down and hooves stomping, to the Serengeti's southern plains and the Ngorongoro Highlands.
We recommend staying at Suyan Camp or Serengeti Migration Camp.
December through March
The southern section of the Serengeti is where all the action plays out during this time. This is when the game animals give birth to their young and start preparing for the northern trek. Over 8 000 calves are born per day in the calving season; yet less than half will live to see their five-month birthday. Predators like the Serengeti lions and cheetah pick and choose from the thousands of potential victims.
We recommend staying at Kusini or Sayari South Camp.
The adults and surviving young shift their attention to the central areas of the park, moving towards the Serengeti's western corridor. This funnel-shaped piece of land runs from the Central Serengeti in a western direction to the park boundary near Lake Victoria's shore.
We recommend staying at Serengeti under Canvas or Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.
Arriving at the Western Corridor around June, the millions of grazers are forced to cross the Grumeti River. There is usually an unpredictable waiting period of one to two weeks as the animals prepare for the life-threatening crossing.
Ironically, it is usually the first animals that attempt to cross that are taken by the Grumeti crocodiles. The resident crocodiles feast as the long train of wildlife tries to cross unscathed.
We recommend staying at Grumeti River Camp or Kirawira Tented Camp.
From here attention shifts north as the migration enters the private Grumeti Reserve, with a small portion splitting off and heading northeast, to the Lobo area.
We recommend staying at Sasakwa Lodge or Faru Faru River Lodge.
The best time to see the Serengeti migration is usually in this June to August period. In August the migration reaches the far northern area (ikorongo controlled). There are a few excellent camps in this area from which you can witness this natural phenomenon.
We recommend staying at Sayari Camp or Lemala Luxury Camp Serengeti.
Mid-August to early November
August is another 'jump month' as animals cross the Sand River and head into the Masai Mara. They will stay in the Masai Mara where water is always available, until the November rains in the south Serengeti beckon once again and the cycle begins anew.
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