The Great Wildebeest Migration: Places you need to be and when to be there.
One of the world’s utmost wildlife movements that happen annually in East Africa feature close to 1.5 million or more wildebeests and also thousands of gazelles and zebras. This migration is one of the few frequently sought after tour experiences especially since seeing this grand migration not only gives you the actual look at some of the many magnificent creatures walking this planet earth but also is ideally an exclusive opportunity to witness nature’s influence at work.
Where you can see the Great Wildebeest Migration
The migration route is at times considered as set track that occurs between the Masai Mara north of Kenya during the months of May and December and the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania in the south annually. However, it is only part of the bigger picture especially since many have been blinded by maps that claim to foretell a more organized path. The truth though is that the great migration is entirely natural and is characterized by factors like the environment, weather and the wild animals too. The only thing that many are sure of is the route and time alone. It always runs from the south of Serengeti all through to the Western Corridor till the Masai Mara then all the way back to the beginning through the area of Loliondo and Lobo. This nevertheless is still quite a better estimation than any consistent roadmap.
On the other hand, there are a number of common guidelines on where and when to visit which come quite in handy for those that endeavor to visit in times when the pattern isn’t following “normal” procedures because of bizarre wet and or dry seasons. The chances that you will still get to see zebras, thousand wildebeests and gazelles in any other area are high. Be sure to watch some of the animals take on a journey across the immense region.
The Best Time to Visit
The first bunch of animals that travel much earlier frequently begin to set out from across the Serengeti looking for a reliable water source and much more grass during the month of April. As time goes on, these animals meet numerous difficulties like coming across predators even at river crossings and also the long journey of more than a hundred miles. Here is a tentative movement agenda that you can follow as you plan one for yourself.
December to April.
The south of Serengeti is definitely the place to be during this period of 4 months because it is the time when the wildebeests are stationed in one area. The herds being seen between the area of Ndutu and the conservation area of Ngorongoro that is only at the southeastern side of the Serengeti National Park all depends on the rainfall. Round about the month of February, the pregnant wildebeest mothers deliver calves whose number goes beyond 500,000 in a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Thus those whose priority is seeing some predatory action and or little wildebeests, then this surely is the best time for you to go.
One fact you should know as you head out to watch these herds of wildebeests is that the calves can be ready to go with the rest of the herd after 10 minutes from the time of birth have elapsed.
May and June.
Around this time of April and or May, the rains are almost over and the east and south plains of the Serengeti region are completely dried out which then prompts the migration to begin. These move in two directions, West and North into split groups; there are some that will head up through the area of Loliondo or even through the area of Seronera into Lobo and others that will head for the Western Corridor and River Grumeti which is most likely to have crocodiles.
July to November.
Many conventionally think of this as the most excellent time and season for one to watch the great migration. Between the months of July and August, these wildebeests enter the Masai Mara of Kenya and cross the Mara River in great numbers. These crossings have come to be seen as the highly preferred moments of this migration. This season is favorable for those whose priority is seeing herds of wildebeests crossing through the river’s waters.
October to November.
During this season, the migration is still going on. It is in this period that the herd finds its way into Tanzania from the south. Here, there is likely a lot to see in the areas of Northern Tanzania and the southern Masai Mara of Kenya too.
One last thing you should know about these wildebeests is that they can live until 40 years of age though many only make it to 20 years.