Wildebeest Migration

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration 

The Serengeti wildebeest migration. It’s a massive movement of wildebeest, zebra, and other antelope across the endless plains of the Serengeti. Every year, more than a million animals embark on this incredible journey, traveling in a clockwise direction through the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.

This migration is truly breathtaking, attracting visitors from all over the world to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara. And what’s amazing is that this movement is not just a one-time thing it happens annually, following the rhythm of the changing seasons and rainfall patterns.

Why do they migrate? Well, it’s all about survival. The animals move in search of fresh grazing, as well as to find safe areas for birthing, courting, and mating. It’s a remarkable cycle of life that reminds us of the wonders of the natural world.

Ndutu Area – Wildebeest Calving

Once a year, the incredible wildebeest migration begins, marking a remarkable journey that captivates millions around the world. Over two million migratory animals, including wildebeest, zebra, eland, and Thompson gazelle, embarking on a clockwise trek from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania to the Northern Serengeti, Maasai Mara in Kenya and back again.

But why do they undertake this epic journey? It’s all about following the rains. As the seasons change, so do the landscapes, and the animals instinctively follow the new grasses that spring up after the rains. This lush grass provides vital nutrients, ensuring the survival of the migrating herds.

One of the key stops along the migration route is the Ndutu region, famous for its short grass plains. These plains offer rich, nutritious grasses, perfect for the herds during their birthing season. From late January to March, the plains come alive with the arrival of half a million calves, a truly awe-inspiring sight to behold.

But here’s the catch: where there are preys, there are predators. During these months, you will also have the chance to witness nature’s drama unfold as predators like lions and cheetahs lurk, keeping a keen eye on the herds and their vulnerable young. It’s a exciting spectacle that showcases the delicate balance of life on the African plains.

North Serengeti Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River

As the wildebeest and zebras continue their epic migration, they encounter one of the most challenging obstacles yet the Mara River. This river is crowded with hungry crocodiles, and its fast-flowing waters pose a serious risk to the migrating herds. As the animals gather on the riverbanks, a life-or-death struggle unfolds before your eyes. Predators lurk in the waters, waiting for their chance to strike, while the wildebeest and zebras must summon all their courage to brave the crossing.

This dramatic event often plays out when the herds reach the Mara River, adding an extra layer of suspense to the already breathtaking migration. But the journey doesn’t end there. After successfully crossing the river, the migration continues its southward journey in October, passing through regions like Loliondo and Lobo on its way back to the Southern Serengeti. And thus, the incredible cycle begins anew, showcasing the never-ending cycle of life and survival in the wild.

Wildebeest Migration Safari Packages

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

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Luxury Wildebeest Migration Safari

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Great Wildebeest Migration

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Wildebeest Calving Safari

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