A Step by Step guide to wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania
Month to month guide to the wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania. Follow these migration knowing the perfect timing of millions of wildebeest and zebras in the Masai Mara and Serengeti
By: Jeep Safaris and Tours
This event is rated among the worlds seven wonders, ranging among the natural spectacular events. Each year millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate clockwise from Serengeti to Masai Mara covering two countries and in the process of courting and mating along the way.
One thing with the wildebeest migration, you have to get your timing right; these way you won't blame anybody. There is no point to come for wildebeest migration and end up gazing over the resident wildebeest and zebras. You need to know exactly where and when to visit.
January:- During these time of the month, you will find the herds in Serengeti-Tanzania, moving towards the northeast from the south towards the Southern Serengeti, Ngorongoro area, and Ndutu. These is the period when they give birth, so prepare to see lots of small babies around these time
February:- There is a lot of food to graze in the ndutu, Ngorongoro, and Southern Serengeti, so the herds will remain in the south.
March:- You will still find them in the south but less grass, the last bunch of mummies having their babies and you will see that they are starting to prepare for the next move.
April:- These time of the month let it find you in the Southern Serengeti- these period wildebeest start their northward journey with lots of them actually in front and leading in the western Serengeti and central.
May:- The herds are on the go, with huge columns up to 50km length can be seen as the wildebeest heads to central and western Serengeti.
June:- During this period the migration is in the central and Western Serengeti- they gather here preparing for the toughest journey ahead.
July:-I will advise early booking, these is the Big Day which everybody for the river crossing. The wildebeest are now in the Western Serengeti and Grumeti and they are peeping at the brown river they are supposed to cross, why is that? Crocodiles of course. From the start, you will have realized that the zebras were leading, but at these stage of crossing the river, they will lay back and let the wildebeest start the crossing- why? because they are smart.
August:- The lucky survivors here celebrate by grazing in northern Serengeti as they begin to enter Masai Mara. The irony here is that the wildebeest don't need a passport to cross the other side while you do..
September:-These period most of the herds actually breaks into smaller groups, half of them remain in northern Serengeti while the rest chit chats in Masai mara.
October:- Your best place to be is in Masai Mara, during this period of the month. Masai Mara is way smaller than the famous Serengeti with lots of visitors during these time.
November:- Short rains have started pouring, wildebeest are now preparing to depart Masai mara to Serengeti.
December:- With lots of fresh grazing, wildebeest spread in northern eastern Serengeti and southern Serengeti. Babies are being born again and its the time also for predators to feast, as it is well referred in the cartoon "the lion guard" as the circle of life.
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