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Great Wildebeest Migration
The Great Wildebeest Migration is the world’s greatest mammalian migration and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Seeing millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles roar through the boundless plains of the Serengeti is a magnificent natural show. For many visitors, the spectacular river crossings at the Grumeti- and Mara Rivers are the highlight of the wildebeest migration. If you’re visiting Tanzania for the wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park, you’ll want to know where the herds are.
The timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is determined by the annual rainfall patterns. We can create a reasonably accurate estimate thanks to our experienced Tanzania Specialist guides.
When and where will the Great Wildebeest Migration take place?
The wildebeest migration occurs in the southern Serengeti, in the Ndutu region, from December to April. On these southern plains, half a million calves are born in February.
There are also a lot of predators about at this time, all waiting for a chance to catch an easy prey. Around April, the herds migrate to the Serengeti’s central and western regions in search of new long grass. The rains begin, and so does the mating season.
The wildebeest migration heads north in May/June, preparing for the treacherous Grumeti River crossing. The survivors continue their trek and meet a new challenge: the Grumeti River, which is home to gigantic crocodiles.
From July through September, the herds may be seen along the Mara River. Around this time of year, the vistas are both magnificent and striking.
This crossing is highly perilous for the herds because of the rapidly flowing water and crocodiles. Almost two-thirds of the migration did not cross the Mara River in the previous two years because there was enough green grass in northern Serengeti.
From October to December, the wildebeest migrate from the North Serengeti to the South Serengeti/Ndutu area via the central Seronera region. The yearly cycle begins once more.
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