Wildebeest migration

The biggest spectacle in Africa

The Wildebeest Migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. The Maasai Mara and the Serengeti National Park together form what no other reserve in Africa can! It is incredible, it is magic, it is indescribable and it is WOW! It's drama on a truly epic scale. 

You'll need to plan your visit carefully, the wildebeest migration is a fluid, dynamic affair taking place between two countries, KENYA and TANZANIA and subject to the timing of that year's rains. It's also an event of different experiences: depending on where you are and at what time, you may see the wildebeest herds giving birth and courting, moving in great dusty columns, or funneling across muddy rivers.


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What is wildebeest migration?

The Great Migration is an annual migration of wildebeest from the Ndutu region of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya. The movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti's wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle, eland and impala.


The Wildebeest Migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. No where 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 Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October. The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Maasai Mara where crocodiles will prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive.


It's drama on a truly epic scale: the migrating herds undergo all manner of challenges and hardships as they move from region to region, and are constantly under attack from predators, none more so than from Africa's big cats and the notoriously huge crocodiles that lie in wait at various river crossing points.


These move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. They migrating throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing and, it's now thought, better quality water. The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year – here we explain how the broad pattern works.





The Migration Pattern



The Wildebeests stay at southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro conservation area with birth of calves in February.


The wildebeest herds start moving slowly through Serengeti towards North. In May they can cover up to 40kms a day, while by June even up to 150km per day. Reaching central and Western Serengeti.


The wildebeests are getting ready for their toughest part of the journey further North crossing rivers towards Masai Mara – Kenya. By September all the wildebeests can be found at Masai Mara which is now congested by wildlife spectacles.


At the beginning of October the wildebeests are still at Masai Mara but expected to start moving back towards Serengeti – Tanzania during November and December where the grass should be greener. In January these cycle of life start repeating itself all over again.


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