The annual wildebeest migration is the greatest wildlife show on earth.
Each year, between the open plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya a staggering 1.5 million hungry herbivores trek en masse towards the distant promise of rain.
A wildebeest migration safari in Tanzania is simply spectacular and will be an unforgettable experience.
Tanzania Wildebeest Migration
From afar, the migration looks like ink seeping slowly across the parched Tanzania savannah. Up close, it’s a gruelling drama, with endless animals trudging in single file through the dust and heat. The main player is the blue wildebeest, an ungainly antelope with the head of an ox and the hindquarters of a gazelle. Amongst the wildebeest horde, stream groups of zebra and gazelle.
Danger is everywhere: lions, hyena and other predators pick off stragglers. The swollen water of the Mara and Grumeti Rivers claim countless causalities – drowned, crushed or pulled under by crocodiles.
Yet the reward outweighs the risks; the lush grazing, fuelled by fresh rain on volcanic soils, fattens a generation of youngsters. Born into this rich environment, suckle on these life-sustaining nutrients and can run with the herd within a matter of hours.