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Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

Tanzania’s headline attraction is the Great Migration, which occurs year-round across the Serengeti.

The Great Wildebeest Migration Safaris

Great Wildebeest Migration Safaris are truly spectacular! It’s definitely something that favors most people’s bucket list. See Southlands of Wildebeest migrating clockwise Serengeti in the perfect time with our team.

Often described as one of the Seven Wonders of the World the Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti is one of the most talked-about and Photographic Wildlife events in history. Migration safaris offer more than the great herds though. You’ll be on the viewpoint for elephants and buffalo too, as well as antelope and smaller predators; it’s a great bird watching opportunity and you’ll also have the chance to interact with local Masaai warriors, many grazing their cattle within sight of the wildebeest.

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

SHORT RAINS

During the short rains, pregnant females often migrate through the central Serengeti to the southern plains to begin calving, as their milk benefits from grass high in calcium and magnesium. Wildebeest calving can begin any time between January and March. More than 850,000 females will drop their calves within a three week period, so predator activity is at a peak.

LONG RAINS

April is usually the month of long rain, meaning heavier, longer downpours. The herd usually begins to move to the central Serengeti, preparing for the wildebeest rut in May and June. This creates some of the most amazing herd sightings, as male and females herds reunite for breeding. The herd movement continues west and north between May and the end of July, when the herd disperses: males without females may migrate directly north to the Mara, but some remain in the Western Corridor, staying put for the rest of the year. The majority of the herd they leave the Serengeti by the end of July, if rains are normal.

DRY SEASON

The dry season of July-October remains excellent for game viewing, particularly as big cats prey on the large herds which can still be seen in the northern Serengeti along the Mara River. Cat viewing can actually be at its best during the dry season, since they have to stay active during the daytime in the search for dwindling food.

Two amazing moments on Wildebeest Migration Serengeti

Wildebeest Migration from December to March (Calving Season)

At this moment wildebeest and zebra continue to move south of Serengeti Park, mostly sideways the eastern edge of the Serengeti, searching for fresh short green grasses of the Serengeti Ndutu plains, whereas much of the migration has previously arrived at near Lake Ndutu enjoying grazing short green pasture and prepare for giving birth. Large herds dot the plains as far as the eye can see, and predators watch the herds closely.

While the migration pleats in the Serengeti South, resident animals such as lion, cheetah, and elephant are still found in the northern Serengeti, central and western grasps of the Serengeti and in the Maasai Mara, meeting around lifetime water sources such as the Grumeti and Mara rivers, but free of the usual crowds of people. Smaller groups of wildebeest and zebra can habitually have seen in the private conservancies bordering the Maasai Mara, as there is food for them to eat and survive.

Wildebeest Migration from July to October (Crossing time)

At this time wildebeest and zebra herds start their yearly crossing of the Mara River, which cuts across the northwest corner of the Serengeti and up over the Maasai Mara. They continue in the look of green pasture on the other side of the Mara River.

Whereas herds pour across the border into Kenya, some of them also stay in the northern Serengeti because of several reasons like being tired or afraid of the long journey, where river crossings, though erratic, can be perceived almost daily at this time of year.

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