Wildebeest Migration Guide Explained Step by Step without skipping a detail
On this post we are going to look at Wildebeest Migration Guide step by step without skipping a bit. By the end of this article you shall be well conversant with how wildebeest migration works, where you need to be and when.
What is Wildebeest Migration?
Wildebeest Migration is the mass movement of over 2.5 million wildebeests, zebras, and other grazers together in big masses between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and her sister The Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya. It has been referred to as the 7th wonder of the world and it is the main reason why safari lovers flock Kenya and Tanzania to witness the greatest Natural spectacles involving wildlife.
Imagine over 2.5 million grazers moving together in huge groups? Trailed by hungry lions, leopards, cheetah? However, the greatest highlight is the crossing at the Mara River and the Sand River in the Greater Mara Ecosystem. Here crocodiles await. They prey on the herds as they cross the mighty river to the other side of the park.
The wildebeests assemble at one side of the river for hours before they start to cross in a dramatic way. Once one jumps then the rest follow. It can be clumsy at times and many dies in the process. The crossing can last a few hours. It is usually advisable to have a full day or two in the Masai Mara in order to witness the great wildebeest migration. You may look at our 3 Days Masai Mara Safari, 4 Days Masai Mara Safari all carefully designed to suit guests looking to witness the wildebeest migration.
How Wildebeest Migration Works
Wildebeest Migration as earlier said happens between Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya. The whole process is influenced by availability of grass which is determined by the rain pattern between the two parks.
The Wildebeest Migration Highlights
The greater Mara and Serengeti Ecosystems is made up of many rivers that flow across the parks and that provide the wildlife with much-needed water all year through. They form the wildebeest migration’s greatest highlight. However, it is hard to predict when it’s the best time to catch this fascinating moment. The flocks will assemble in one edge of the river, some will jump into the crossing immediately while others may hang around for hours or even for days grazing and waiting for the most courageous one to jump. It is always advisable that you allocate the most time for your Wildebeest Migration Safari. The best places to witness the most interesting River crossings is in the Masai Mara especially around Sand River and Mara River.
Calving season takes place between January and March every year. During this time the herds are grazing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Areas and the rains are beginning to fall. This means that there will be plenty of grass for the young wildebeests to munch on. Calving season brings a new atmosphere to your safari. Over 8000 calves are bonn in a single day and up to 500,000 newborns roam the park during this season. Its Epic. The number of kills increase due to the high number of vulnerable calves. Zebras, Antelopes and Gazelles join too.
Best places to catch this live is the Southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Where to be each month of the wildebeest Migration
January – March
This is the calving season and the wildebeest have arrived in Southern Serengeti. They continue to move upwards towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area
April June though to May
Herds can still be witnessed in Serengeti round Gurumeti River. The move towards central and Western Serengeti. By this time the water sources are running dry. This propmts the herds to continue moving towards the Mara River in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
July – August – September
The crossing happens. This is the most spectacular part of the crossing. Mara River in Kenya poses a great threat to the herds. Its deep valleys usually cause panic and fear among the herds. 5 meter long crocodiles await to prey on the herds. You need to plan and book your safari early enough as the park sees a huge rise in numbers visiting. It is common to find hotels and camps fully booked for a whole month or two as early as two months to the season. Plan Early, Book Early.
October November and December
The Wildebeests have depleted the grasses in the Masai Mara and they are set to return to the Serengeti where grass has shoot up again and there is more food for the herds to feed on waiting the mass calving season that is coming.
Wildebeest Migration Safari
This safari is ideal to visitors who like finest things and want to maximise their time in the wild. We shall be staying at strategically located safari lodge in the Masai Mara. Our 1 hr flight from Nairobi to the Masai Mara and back ensures we spend less time travelling and maximise it on wildlife viewing in the Masai mara