The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
The great wildebeest migration is perhaps the most amazing natural spectacles on the planet. It is a yearly movement by a vast number of wildebeest, joined by a large number of zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elands, and impalas across the greater Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.
From July to September the Mara invites the Great Migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. During the wildebeest migration, you will observe how the consistent battle for survival makes the Migration Season an especially thrilling chance to visit Serengeti National park in Tanzania.
why do the Wildebeest Migrate?
The wildebeest migrations from the Serengeti in Tanzania, into the Masai Mara in Kenya, constantly seeking fresh grazing and, it’s now thought, better quality water. For their calving from December – March they generally start their cycle in the Southern Serengeti area of Ndutu and follow any place the grass is greener… While we have a smart thought of where the wildebeest ought to be at some random season, it truly relies upon where the rain falls. The wildebeest are famously temperamental, as although they generally, all head from south to north Serengeti and back around once again, they regularly zig-zag en route, making it now and then difficult to predict where the huge groups will be at some random time.
Month by month: the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
By January-February, the crowds of the wildebeest movement arrive on the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. These are south and east of Seronera, around Ndutu and incorporate the north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ndutu is in the Ngorongoro Conservation area which implies rich, supplement soils for the youthful calves to give them the best beginning throughout everyday life. By mid-January, calving season is going all out and in excess of 8,000 calves are brought into the world day by day. Besides the sheer volume of grazers in the area which is amazing to find in itself, the young calves also attract a huge number of predators. Truth be told, from January to February, the Ndutu plains have the greatest concentration of predators anyplace on the planet, which just means a certain something; truly touchy predators activity.
By March, Toward the start of the month, many crowds are as yet in the Ndutu area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the southern Serengeti plains, and however January and February are in fact the calving season months, it frequently proceeds with well into March. Even if calving season is generally finished, the chances are the herds will wait in the supplement rich grasses of the southern plains.
If you are traveling to Tanzania at the beginning of the two weeks of March, then we recommend that you set up a mobile camp in this area, as you would in January and February. Towards the end of the month, Tanzania’s heavy rains could begin, which means the scattering of animals, often covering more land westward towards the Maswa Game Reserve, and near Moru, Kjopes (just south of the park center) and continuing into the western Gol region. Towards the end of the month, you can check out the mixing areas; one camp in the Ndutu area and another in the south of the Seronera region in Moru (south, towards the east of the station) or Namiri (southwest of the station) for your good chances of catching wildlife.
By April, Although rainfall can make the crowds spread out a bit, the migration in April is fairly like the past couple of months. You will in all likelihood not discover calving season, however, most of the wildebeest will wait around the southern plains of Kusini and Ndutu as they do in March. Although some would have scattered toward the east, west, and somewhat north, many wills, many will still in the Ndutu area. As should be obvious, as the rains come the wildebeest’s movements can be hard to predict. In this way, we would propose remaining south, as we probably are aware they tend to wait consistently, but we don’t know exactly which particular direction the big herds will head to!
By May-June, the Serengeti’s wildebeest all appear to be moving north, migrating to look for crisp fresh grazing and water. The area around Moru Kopjes and west of Seronera is then chaotic with a progression of moving columns, frequently containing a huge number of animals – joined by thousands of zebra, and a dispersing of Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles.
A portion of the migration at that point head due north of Seronera, however, most are typically further west. Around June the wildebeest migration is regularly ended on the south side of the Grumeti River, which has a few channels that block or moderate their movement north. The wildebeest at that point assemble there, in the Western Corridor, frequently developing to a high thickness prior to the intersection of the river. The waterway here is ordinarily a progression of pools and channels, however, it’s not persistent – thus while they generally speak to a yearly dining experience for the Grumeti River’s huge crocodiles, these aren’t normally very as tremendous as the intersections of the Mara River, further north. These are not where those famous huge river crossings happen though, which happens later on when the herds have reached the north of the park, and ultimately the Mara Rive
By July, July has always classically been the month that can see the first of the super Mara River crossings. It is another big movement month for the crowds, as many that were lingering in the western corridor make their way north in search of greener pastures. In the initial not many long stretches of the month, it can be a mistake to solely focus on the north and the potential of a river crossing as they can often not arrive there until mid-July.
By August, The crowds in August are up in the north, crossing the Mara River between Kogatende and the Lamai Wedge. This is the peak time to see the river crossings because even if the wildebeest are late, they will have arrived at the Kogatende area at this point. If they are early and arrive north in June, they will still be lingering here and in the Masai Mara throughout August and through to October
By September sees the crowds spread out across the northern Serengeti, where the Mara River gives the movement its most genuine obstruction. This river spouts through the northern Serengeti from Kenya’s neighboring Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Viewing the unhinged groups of the wildebeest movement crossing the Mara River can be tremendous; there are frequent scenes of extraordinary frenzy and disarray. It’s not unexpected to see groups cross the Mara River north on one day, and afterward back south a couple of days after the fact.
By October-November, The probability is that toward the start of November, the groups are as yet waiting in the northern Serengeti regions of Kogatende and Lamai and you can still catch river crossings at this time. Towards the month’s end, when the light rains have started, the wildebeest start to descent south in their second huge Migration of the year. On their descent south the splinter off into various pieces of the Serengeti, so as of now it can get interesting to predict where the “uber groups” will be.
By December is a famously tricky month to predict. The November short rains scatter the wildebeest groups across the Serengeti as they head south in preparation for calving season, which kicks off towards the month’s end and keeps going through until March. Generally, the main crowds may wait in Namiri Plains (simply southeast of the central Serengeti area, Seronera) or in Kusini which is towards the southwest of the central area. Some as right on time as December may have just made it to the fertile Ndutu Plains in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in preparation for calving season.
Guidelines: When to See the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti
|Calving||January to March||Southern Serengeti|
|Intense Big Cat Action||January to March||Southern Serengeti|
|Rutting||January to March||Southern Serengeti|
|Grumeti River Crossings||May to July||Western Serengeti|
|Mara River Crossings||July to September||Northern Serengeti|
|On the Move||October to December||Northern Serengeti and Masai Mara|