Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti

January 20, 2020
Tanzania Safari Guide

The great wildebeest migration in Serengeti is One of the Nature’s Biggest Spectacles in Africa.

Booking a Tanzania safari tours – When arranging a migration safari to Serengeti, it is highly important to understand the best spot to be based at any point of time during Serengeti safari. The Wildebeest and Zebra basically move in a huge anti-clockwise direction. While June is a decent time to around the Grumeti River, July/August/September/ sometimes even October is better to be in the Masai Mara.

What is Great Wildebeest Migration?

Wildebeest migration is a term for circular journey of approx. 2,000,000 untamed wildlife like wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, topis, who migrate from the Serengeti plains towards Kenya’s Masai Mara and back to the Serengeti, because they are continually searching for new food and water.

The Great Annual Migration Pattern in Serengeti National Park

The exact timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is completely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year and its not possible to entirely predict movements. However an oriental wildebeest migration calendar in Serengeti usually follows this monthly path.

December & March

Calving Season

In the Southern Plains of the Serengeti are where it all begins. Here is where the wildebeest would like to call home and it’s where, each year in late February or March, life begins for half a million wildebeest.

April & May

As the southern plains dry out and the rut begins, so the wildebeest herds begin to move following rain. In April and May they are possible to be found them flocking slowly through Moru Kopjes in the south sentral Serengeti as they begin the journey north.

June & July

As the great wildebeest migration gathers peak, the herds enter the Serengeti western corridor. It’s here that the wildebeest and their newborn calves meet their first serious barrier in the form of the Grumeti river as well as hungry crocodiles waiting for animals to cross the river.

August & November

Between August and November, the great migration reaches its northern range: the grasslands on either bank of the crocodile-infested Mara River which the herds must cross not once, but twice, as they complete their migration circle. Many animals drawn while crossing the river.

Mara River Crossing

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