Wildebeests Migration safari in Tanzania and Kenya is with no doubt the best and most amazing and the great animal spectacle in the world. Wildebeest Migration also often referred to as the Great Migration is arguably the most amazing natural phenomenon on planet earth.
Basically The Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania involves the mass movement of some at least one and a half million wildebeests accompanied by more than 200,000 zebras and 300 ,000 gazelles in what is viewed as a cycle that runs every year between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Masai Mara game Reserve in Kenya.
The Cycle of the Wildebeests Migration Safari in Tanzania and Kenya.
This cycle mostly is perceived to start at the Ndutu plains in between the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is where begins for the wildebeests because every year between the months of December and March the herds converge in these plains for breeding and foaling. Thousands; and it is believed around 8,000 calves are born in a single day at the Ndutu plains. This results to a feasting time for the hyenas and vultures and other scavengers who make good use of the placentas and the easy catch from the stray calves.
This is where the life of a newborn wildebeests starts but soon as the calves are born they are in for a long trek still at a tender age. The herds during the months of April and May gather at the central Areas (Seronera ) and slowly they start on their way towards the western corridor. These areas include the Kirawira areas and Grumeti River areas. The Herds then move Northwest in the months of July August passing through the Ikoma Area and ending up at the Lobo areas and Kogatende in the months of September. By late September all the herds cross the international border (there is no physical border) into the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.
During the months of End September all through October the herds are in Masai Mara and that is when we recommend our Kenya Tanzania Safaris packages.
In November the herds start on their way back again to Serengeti National Park. On their way back the herds cross the Kenya border and down through the Loliondo Game controlled Area, and enter the Serengeti. During the months of December through March the Herds are back to Ndutu for their breeding and foaling completing the annual circuit that has become to be known as the Great Migration.
The Wildebeests Migration best actions are when the predators do the hunting and when the herds cross the Rivers at Grumeti River and Mara River. The river crossing always becomes a feast for the Nile crocodiles as they devour easy prey and the herds brave the deadly waters to make it to the other side of the rivers.
A theory says that the Zebras are very clever but the wildebeests are very forgetful and that is what determines who crosses first. It is believed that the zebras recall what happened at the river the other year and that is why the zebras stop at the rivers and wait for the wildebeest’s herds to cross. When the crocodiles have their bellies full that is when the zebras do the crossing. Whether the there is any truth in the theory ? Is yet to be proved.
Another theory says that the Wildebeests, zebras and gazelles feed on different parts of the grass so they do not compete for the pastures they eat. They complement one another instead.
See some of our safari packages that include Serengeti National Park and some Kenya and Tanzania Combo Safaris for a Wildebeests Migration Safari of your lifetime!
We have two sample safari packages that are dedicated to Wildebeests Migration in Serengeti Tanzania, as well as a combined Kenya & Tanzania Safari that is an idea safari for tracking the wildebeests migration.
Camping safaris can also be done to follow the Wildebeests regardless of the time of the year.