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.
When to View the Great Wildebeest Migration
The Serengeti extends over Tanzania’s northern border into southern Kenya’s Maasai Mara, and both destinations can offer spectacular viewing. However, catching the best of the migration requires planning and good timing and World Air Travel & Tours have the knowledge and expertise to arrange your unforgettable wildebeest migration safari.
The precise timing of the wildebeest migration changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event.
Broadly speaking, the migration follows a clockwise circuit.
- From August to October, the herds are in Maasai Mara and northern Serengeti
- November to January sees them head south through eastern Serengeti
- February to April they spread out to graze the short grass plains of the south
- May to July is the time when they make their way back to the north through the western corridor
Book Your Wildebeest Migration Safari
Going on safari to view and witness the wildebeest migration is one of the ultimate safari experiences that Tanzania and Africa has to offer – view our YouTube channel to see the migration in action and get a taste of what awaits you.
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