Great Wildebeest Migration

The great wildebeest migration is one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world. It is an annual movement by millions of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elands and impalas across the greater Masai Mara – Serengeti ecosystem.

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The Great Wildebeast Migration

The great wildebeest migration occurs in two countries that is Kenya in the Masai Mara game reserve and Tanzania in the Serengeti National Park. These animals move in search of the green pastures or short grass in both ecosystems which happens during a different period. The great migration movement involves millions of Wildebeests, thousands of Zebras and hundreds of Gazelles struggle for their lives against the predators. This movement starts from the southern eastern to the northern hills of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. The wildebeests spend the wet seasons in the southern eastern part and the dry season in the Northern hills. On your East African safari don’t miss out this spectacular event which happens in the premium parks that is Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Below are the places where the event happens.

Places to see the Great Wildebeest Migration

Witness the Great Migration of wildebeest frantically crossing the Mara River to Serengeti National Park, dodging the snapping jaws of crocodiles. Don’t miss out on this great adventure experience. Talk to any of our tour consultant to customize a trip for your now. Contact here

Suggested Tours to See the Great Wildebeest Migration

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Mara river to Grumeti river crossing

The Mara River is located in Masai Mara National Park in Kenya well as Grumeti River is in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This migration starts in October and millions of gazers cross from the Mara river to Kirawira River in search for the greener grasses. This takes them 6 months to cross over back to Masai Mara National Park in April during the rains. Its also during the months of January to March that most of the wildebeest give birth. The beasts flood the south part with new born’s on the grass plains and when the rains stop, they transfer back to Masai Mara and the second event happens in May/June.

The migration is never the same since the geographical circumstances have a huge influence in determining the event. The wildebeests may remain longer in the greener areas as they share the grasses with other grazers like the zebras and gazelles.

Seronera South and East crossing

In November to December the rains start and herds of the wildebeests migration starts in the east part of Serengeti between the Seronera, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Conservancy. During this period the wildebeests are every where in these major routes of all game drives in the Serengeti National Park. Tourists enjoy watching them feed on fresh green grass, play and interact with one another. They stay in this place for four months that is January to March where most wildebeests new borns are sighted flooding the plains.

In may the movement starts to the western part of the park to the north in search for green grasses again but the migration is halted in the Grumeti river. The wildebeests collect in this place called the western corridor as their numbers increase before crossing over. This is because the Grumeti river has got huge numbers of crocodiles that prey on them and they believe if they are in huge numbers they can survive.

Don’t miss-out on these wonderful excitements of Seeing the Wildebeest Migration will always be memorable. Don’t forget to book your trip between Jan – April and July – October. During this time millions of animals’ cross to Masai Mara national Reserve from Serengeti National Park.

More Safari Ideas to See the Great Wildebeest Migration

The tours featured throughout our website are intended to give you ideas for what’s possible when you travel with us. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created individually by one of our specialists to match your tastes and budget.


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