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GREAT WILDEBEEST MIGRATION
Incredible, Magical and Indescribable is the Great Wildebeest Migration. It’s the 7th Wonder of the World! Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Northern Serengeti Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya between July through to October every year.
It’s called the Great Wildebeest Migration but Zebra, Gazelle and Eland follow the wildebeest herd.
There is little predictability about the migration. You could spend a lifetime in the Serengeti-Mara waiting for the typical migration. The finer details of the herds’ movements are always different. It is a dynamic process which defies predictions: no two years are ever quite the same!
Wildebeest arrive at the Mara River in their tens of thousands, and gather waiting to cross. For days their numbers can be building up and anticipation grows but many times, for no apparent reason, they turn and wander away from the water’s edge. Eventually the wildebeest will choose a crossing point, something that can vary from year to year and cannot be predicted with any accuracy. Usually the chosen point will be a fairly placid stretch of water without too much predator-concealing vegetation in the far side, although occasionally they will choose seemingly suicidal places and drown in their hundreds. Perhaps, once again, this is because crossing places are genetically imprinted in the minds of the animals.
DID YOU KNOW?
While the wildebeest are drawn into migrating by the needs of their stomachs, the fact that they’re constantly on the move has the added benefit that they outmatch large numbers of predators. The predators are unable to follow the moving herds very far, for many are territorial and can neither abandon their territories nor invade those of others. Moreover, the young of most predators are highly dependent upon their mothers, who can’t move very far from them.
By late October, when the first of the short rains are falling on the Serengeti’s short-grass plains, filling seasonal waterholes and bringing new flushes of growth, the wildebeest start heading south again. The herds trek down through the eastern woodlands of the Serengeti with some 90 per cent of the cows heavy with the new season’s young. Tightly grouped as they pass through the wooded country the wildebeest scatter and spread out again once they reach the open plains.
This year’s Great Wildebeest Migration is around the corner. Plan your Masai Mara safari early in advance and get the best positioned lodge or camp accommodation for best views!