How the Great Wildebeest Migration Works
What the Great Migration is
One of the oldest pilgrimages of nature take place from the the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the endless plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. it has more than a million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles that head toward areas with much more pasture and water. During the Great Migration, tourists are treated to the biggest wildlife show round the entire globe especially since a great number of the land mammals move in large masses. These herds of wildlife cross over rivers and plains in search for greener pastures as the seasons pass.
This migration that offers not just stunning views of the plains that are scattered with large herds of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle but also crocodile infested rivers that prey on unfortunate animals has come to be listed among the 7 natural wonders Africa has got. a number of the best wildlife opportunities can be found in this place that has a landscape which is made up of vast plains that are characterized by the Rocky outcrops, volcanic grasslands, forests and rivers too. Those who visit the right areas for their different right reasons in the right seasons are sure to be treated with stunning sights of this one of kind natural phenomenon.
This herd of migrating wildebeests captures the attention of a couple of predators commonly known around the globe like the hyenas, lions and crocodiles that hunt and feed on the quite unfortunate wildebeests.
Where it Happens
This Great Migration usually moves clockwise through the Tanzania’s plains of Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara then right back in circles. Those planning on seeing the herds are dependent on the kind of location and the season of the year.
When the Great Migration Happens
From January to February, the yearly rains fall on the Serengeti, a time when the female wildebeests are giving birth while the months of March and April are a time when the dry season steps in and most parts of this area have dried out and are deserted. This is because most groups of animals are left to travel north toward Lake Victoria and it is in this time that their mating season begins. Between June and or July, a number of people travel o the Maasai Mara to see the spectacle of more than a thousand animals dashing across the plains and trying to notoriously cross the Mara River that is infested with crocodiles.
Travelers most interested in the river crossings should plan travelling between the months of July to September when the animals go back and forth crossing amid the two areas. It is in September that they finally stick to the Serengeti and only head back to the Serengeti Plains where their journey began from after the end of the month.
When in Tanzania, there are 2 different seasons that are termed as the best time for witnessing this migration. The first is from February to March when the herds graze south of the Serengeti in immense numbers while the second is from July to September when the river crossings are common in Northern Serengeti.