“IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST THEN GO ALONE AND IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR THEN GO TOGETHER.”
The proverb is being best followed by the wildebeest; they migrate up to 600 kilometers with an average speed of 5 Km in a single day. The huge group 6.5 million animals migrate together, which seems to be the most thrilled, adventurous and destructive moment of the Jungle. Whatever animal or thing comes to their way gets destroyed during their migration.
The massive movement of wildebeest escorted with zebras and Cape buffalo, in search of shelter, food, and water from the grassland of Kenya to the green land of Tanzania, running with the flow of rain is known as Great Wildebeest Migration. During this time the wildebeest use to do calving which is being accompanied by predators to make their prey. The great wildebeest migration is also known as Serengeti Wildebeest Migration as the maximum time of migration is being spent in the Serengeti National Park.
1. Wildlife’s Take Part In Great Wildebeest Migration
In the Great Wildebeest Migration, the animals that use to take part are more than 1.5 million wildebeest, 550,000 zebras, gazelles, and cafe buffalo. They use to migrate together from the National Park Masai Mara, of Kenya to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, in search of food, water, shelter, and calving. They follow the rain from the Southern part of Serengeti and migrate throughout the year. During this time of migration, the wildebeest used to give birth to 400,000 babies which are equal to 8,000 babies per day.
This great wildebeest migration is also being joined by predators like crocodiles, wild cats, alligators, foxes, and African dogs. They use to target the calves as it is very easy to grab and kill them so that they can have them as their prey. Then the group of all the wildebeest passes through the river Mara, where the other predators use to target them. This Serengeti Migration crosses the jungle, the rivers, and the dry land back to the Masai Mara.
2. Best Location And Time To Have The Best View Of Wildebeest Migration
During the whole year, the migration takes place in different parts of Serengeti, starting from the southern to the northern part covering the whole Serengeti National Park, so it is also known as Serengeti Migration. As the migration follows the spring’s so they move to various parts following the shower of rain. It depends on you what, where and how you want to see them, so plan your Tanzania Safari Tours according to your needs.
January – February
Starting of the year the wildebeest can be found calving at the southern part of Serengeti, nearby Conservation Area of Ngorongoro. They use to calve during this time so that when they reach River Mara their babies will be strong enough to cross the river full of predators. This is the best time of Serengeti Safari when you can see the wildebeest migration. This calving is being witnessed by the predators.
It is the time of the year when you can see the Wildebeest movement towards Lake Victoria and stops near the area of River Grumeti. This is the first time of the year when you can see the wildebeest moving together with their younger ones, the scene makes you remember about the relation between the mother and child. During this time the sweetest part of Serengeti National Park Takes place.
June – August
River crossing of wildebeest takes place. The Great Wildebeest Migration crosses the river Mara with their brave hearts to enjoy the grasses at another side of the river. During this time the predators of water like crocodile and alligators use to wait for them eagerly, to make the herd as their prey. The wildebeest and zebra cross the river in different lines and successfully reach to the other side of the river, towards the border of Tanzania and Kenya.
September – December
The time when the wheel of the migration rotates again and the Great Wildebeest Migration begins. The Wildebeest and the other different animals move in a herd from the northern part of Masai Mara towards the Southern part of the Serengeti National Park.
3. Process To Have The Best Vision Of Wildebeest Migration
There are various ways provided in the package to see the Great Wildebeest Migration. Some of this process:
- Air balloon safari during this safari you will be viewing the great migration from the air; it is considered you can have a closer and clear view with a binocular.
- Camp Safari, in this Serengeti Safari you will be camping at some higher altitude from where you can see the Migrating Wildebeest with eagle eye vision binocular.
- Road Safari, this is a safari in which you will also move with the wildebeest by sitting in a 4×4 Toyota Safari Van.
- Planed Trip, it is the form of safari in which you will plan what you want to see, so that tour operator can schedule your respective time of the year.
4. Spectacular Places To Stay During Great Wildebeest Migration
In Serengeti, you can find various spectacular places or hotels where you can stay during the Great Wildebeest Migration. The hotels are built on the land of Serengeti, within the 100 km range from the migrating land, where you can enjoy the amazing view of migration.
5. Thrilling Activities Of Predators
The predator acts as the population controller of the food cycle. The predators like lion, leopard, wolves, fox and wild African dogs use to hide and wait for the wildebeest on the northern side of Serengeti. They use to target the weakest wildebeest and the babies to make them their prey. They grab them in no time, making a thrilling scene.
6. Unlimited Opportunity To Capture The Wildebeest Migration
During the whole year when the Great Wildebeest migration takes place on the different parts of Serengeti National Park, making and opportunity to click the best pictures of these wild animals in their habitat. You should be ready with your camera and photography kit and skill, you can have an unlimited scene which you will want to make as a part of your memory.
Best Time To See The Great Wildebeest Migration is from November to January when the herd starts moving towards the southern part of Serengeti National Park. This is the time when the young wildebeest grew into a big wildebeest and start grazing and migrating with their mothers. Lifetime Safaris offers various packages throughout the year in different places of Serengeti National Park making it easier for you to view them. For more details please visit our website at @ lifetimesafaristz.com