The Great Wildebeest Migration

Overview

About The Great Wildebeest Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration stands as one of Africa’s most iconic natural phenomena. Annually, nearly 2 million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, embark on a clockwise circular journey across the ecosystems of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, driven by the pursuit of rain-ripened grass.

Commencing in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area in January, the migration progresses northwest into Serengeti National Park from May to July during the dry season, propelled by nutrient-rich grasses. By August, the herds reach Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve, navigating crocodile-infested rivers along the way. Following the November rains, they trek south back into the Serengeti for calving.

Covering a demanding 3,000 km route, the herds confront perils from predators like lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and Nile crocodiles. Survival hinges on strength, as the intense competition for resources claims the vulnerable, including calves and weakened older animals. Despite the dangers, the migration persists in this cyclical pattern, driven by ingrained instinct.

This enduring spectacle aligns with seasonal rains and the availability of the most nutritious grasses, fueling entire ecosystems with predators trailing the herds. Observing this remarkable natural phenomenon ranks high on the bucket lists of safari enthusiasts. Against the backdrop of the stunning savannas of Tanzania and Kenya, it unfolds as a must-see exhibition of nature’s wonder.

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Southern Serengeti (Ndutu area)

Central Serengeti

Northern Serengeti ( Lamai and Kogatende) 

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Photography

Witness the river crossing

Game Drive

Hot Air Baloon Safari

Visit Predator Hotsports

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Breakfast at the camp will be followed by a guided walk to visit Lake Natron. This lake is famous as a breeding site for lesser flamingoes in East Africa. Return to your camp for hot lunch and short relaxation. Later, in the afternoon, you will be taken to the Eangaresero waterfalls whose water is believed to have curative values, thus many visitors prefer to swim there before retiring back to your camp for dinner and accommodation.

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