The astonishing annual great
wildebeest migration, zebras and other grazing herbivores across
the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania with her neighbor –
Masai Mara National Park in Kenya ecosystem is one of the greatest
spectacles in the natural world. More than two million herbivores
participate in this journey, with about 200 000 zebra and 500 000
Thomson's gazelle behind the main players. It's as lovely as it
starts like a whistle initiated by supervisor.
It should be clearly understood that the migration of these animals
are so dynamically and doesn't have fixed date and time but with
the following structure one can have an overview of this life
cycle of these animals. The main cause of this is the change of
climate. However you should be aware of where you have to be to
witness the spectacular time of your life.
Migration in January: The migration is in the
Serengeti Plains. Wildebeest are foaling. The migration is moving
slowly and grazing. The best place to be based is in Seronera
or Ndutu areas.
Migration in February: The wildebeest and zebra
are distributed over a wide area moving slowing and grazing. The
migration is in the short grass plains of Ndutu. The heavy rains
are approaching from the north and the short grass plains are
starting to take strain due to longtime grazing of these thousands
hundred wildlife. The best place to be based is in Ndutu, Seronera
or Kusini. The locations are all within easy reach of the wide
area covered by 2 million wildebeest, zebra and Thompson's gazelles.
The large numbers of wildebeest have foaled.
Migration in March: Heavy rains have set in.
The migration is slowly moving towards the central Serengeti woodlands
and on towards the western corridor. Due to the fact that the
heavy rain have fall the movement of the safari vehicles is very
limited since the roads aren't paved to retain the nature of the
Serengeti. The best place to be based is in Ndutu or Seronera,
but this time of year will only appeal to the passionate safari
Migration in April: The migration path moves
west towards the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. The long grass
plains and woodlands provide food. At this time of the year it
becomes harder to track the migration due to the same reasons
of the heavy rains and the best place is Seronera and Kusini.
Migration in May: We can say the sun has rise
as its dry now with some wait places but not much. Most of the
tourist love to be here at this time as it reveals much the true
migration of this kingdom. The mice of the Grumeti Game Reserve
are opened for their annual feast. The migration is crossing the
Grumeti River into the Grumeti Game Reserve and the best place
to be is along the Grumeti River.
Migration in June: Serengeti now is getting
dry and this is the only reason that the great migration is taking
place searching for green pasture. The wildebeest and zebra move
north east through the Grumeti Game Reserve towards the Ikorongo
Game Controlled Area (IGCA) with a smaller number moving towards
the Lobo area. Still the best place to be is Grumeti Reserve or
the use of mobile safari camps.
Migration in July: The palatable grasses of
the Kenya's Masai Mara National Park are about to be obtained
as the migratory animals are in the Ikorongo Game Controlled Area
moving north towards Mara River. Basically there is another interview
for these animals as they cross the Mara River populated by hungry
crocodiles. The migrating animals are in the Ikorongo Game Controlled
Area moving north towards Mara River. This is the start of one
of the great spectacles of the migration, the crossing of the
Mara River where crocodiles make the crossing precarious for the
wildebeest. The migratory animals are looking for the sweet grass
of the Kenya's Maasai Mara National Park. The best place to be
based is in the western part of the Maasai Mara, where visitors
can wait across the Mara River and watch the move.
Migration in August: There is no boundary just
separated by a river, the migration moves into Masai Mara in search
of water and fresh grazing. The best place to be based is in Masai
Mara National Park as the wildebeest spread across the park.
Migration in September: The wildebeest and zebra
are located in the Masai Mara. The area is dry, but water can
still be found in the Mara. Provided that the animals are heading
East the best place to be is in Masai Mara.
Migration in October: The thunder clouds are
starting to build up as a sign of the impending rain. The wildebeest
start moving south in anticipation of the new seasons rains. The
best place to be based is in the north eastern Serengeti or Loliondo
Game Controlled Area.
Migration in November: The short rains have
started and the migration moves quickly south through Loliondo
towards the western border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
New grass covers the Serengeti plains and the wildebeest are moving
towards the short grass plains of Ndutu. The best place to be
based is in Ndutu, Seronera or one of the mobile safari camps.
Here around 8000 caves are born everyday to compensate the damage
happened during the cycle.
Migration in December: The migration is settled
in the short grass lands on the southern plains. Game moves into
the Ngorongoro Crater. Seronera has permanent water and the migration
will move south if it rains. Zebra are foaling. The Seronera or
Ndutu areas are the best areas to be based for the migration.