Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages

The Ultimate 2021 Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages and Wildebeest Migration Tour Guide. Our Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages opens the door to some of the most memorable African tour experiences. Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages is the flagship Kenya and Tanzania safari destination and the purest expression of the classic African safaris of the 1920s. If Africa had a Big Five for safari parks, then Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages would easily make the final cut. Masai Mara Serengeti are classic safari destination and one of the best places to see lions, leopards and cheetahs, as well as being home to iconic Savannah country that long ago came to define the East African safari. Masai Mara Serengeti parks also has the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), a good mix of public areas and private conservancies, and extraordinarily rich accommodation offerings.

From the Masai Mara to the Serengeti, Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages adventure will delight you with a range of wildlife, scenery and landscape that is unparalleled. Prepare to witness astounding numbers of wildlife displaying their colors, diversity and beauty as they always have on these ancient lands. And the land itself will enchant with its vast spaces, endless stretch of lakes and dramatic volcanic terrain. It’s all here in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania – 5 striking habitats – all awaiting your discovery. Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages follows the Great Migration trail in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is not always good to follow the herd, but on this spectacular exclusive Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages, the only herds you follow are part of the Great Migration. Visit the Masai Mara and the Serengeti witnessing untamed Africa in all its splendor.

Your Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages adventure departs from Nairobi, Kenya, travelling to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, via the scenic Great Rift Valley. In Kenya’s premier game reserve – Masai Mara – we go in search of the abundant wildlife that has made this one of the most celebrated game parks in Africa. Here you can witness the Wildebeest Migration, one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth, in season! From Masai Mara we drive north to Tanzania for game drives in the vast Serengeti National Park. Tanzania’s top safari destination and one of the most famous game parks in Africa – we will spend our days on game drives in search of the plentiful wildlife found here. Then we head to Africa’s “Garden of Eden” – the Ngorongoro Crater. We explore the wildlife-rich crater keeping an eye out for any game that might have eluded us thus far.

Do you have a desire to perceive the best of Kenya and Tanzania in a single safari vacation? Embrace with an inclusive and incredible experiencing views as well as a relaxing feeling each time you visit different parks in Kenya and Tanzania in one of our Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages tour! Awesome for wildlife viewers with a great wild nature’s feeling, Kenya-Tanzania – safari will leave you with a very unforgettable safari experience of a lifetime.

Discover the authentic Masai Mara Serengeti nature’s flora and fauna and their wilderness along with a professional guide in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle! Journey with Claudious Tours and Safaris for an all in one Kenya-Tanzania-safari, that gives you a chance to witness nature’s greatest backdrops and wildlife spectacles. You will get a chance to visit the Masai Mara Reserve, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, and much more which will leave your dreams fulfilled and yearning further!

We’ll be happy to recommend Masai Mara Serengeti Safari Packages itineraries that put you at the heart of the migration action. Furthermore, a Masai Mara safari can also be a romantic and intimate escape to luxury tented camps nestled in private conservancies – ideal for honeymoons and special occasions. And if you’re on a budget, we have affordable scheduled group tours that offer comfortable safari accommodation. We’d also suggest combining a Masai Mara safari with some time in Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater for an immense wildlife experience. And if you’d like to crown your trip with a relaxing beach break, why not include one of Kenya’s beautiful beaches or even exotic Zanzibar?

Masai Mara – Serengeti Ecosystem

Masai Mara Game Reserve is divided into conservation and reserve portions. It is also home to the famous Maasai tribe who call the lands home. Masai Mara Game Reserve is so well-known that it is often called simply ‘the Mara’. Mara Serengeti Safari Packages itineraries will take you through Serengeti National Park, which is an endless plain holding a dense population of wildlife and birdlife.

Kenya’s neighbor Tanzania sits just to the south. The Masai Mara National Reserve is located in the southwestern corner of Kenya, sharing a border with an equally world-famous wildlife refuge in Tanzania, the Serengeti National Park.

Under the fierce sun, heat prevails, and the world-renowned wildlife of the African plains shuttle from watering hole to watering hole and from one rainy season to another. Each year, between the months of July and October, more than a million Wildebeests escorted by large numbers of Zebras and Gazelles congregate and migrate northwards from drier parts of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve.

The wildebeest trek, which is driven by nature’s instinct in search of food and water, is naturally synchronized. The early stage of this migration spectacle is pieced together and ‘flagged-off’ from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which makes part of the bigger Serengeti – Mara Ecosystem.

The Wildebeests making up the migration spend most of their time in the open plains of Serengeti National Park before starting the greatest and longest journey from Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara at the end of the rainy season when Mara’s Savannah is decorated by green-browning grass.

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Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure

Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure Comprised of the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino, the Big 5 are the crowning glories and likely the most recognized symbols of Africa. A sighting of one of these five incredible African animals can change your life forever. The mere mention of the one cannot continue without the other! Whether it’s your first safari or your tenth, embarking on a mission to find the famous Big 5 is often the highlight of a trip to the wilds of Africa. From the thrill of tracking elusive leopards and black rhino to the sheer splendor of gazing upon herds of bathing elephants and watching grumpy Cape buffalo seeing off a pride of hungry lions, there’s nothing quite like an African safari. African Kenya Big Five Safari Holidays experience gives you access to Kenya’s superb Wildlife Safari destinations.

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Kenya is one of the best destinations to spot the Big Five, and the experienced guides and world class game reserves make for a holiday of a lifetime. The “Big Five” is a term that is used to refer to the 5 African animals that early big game hunters considered most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa. These animals include the African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros. Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa are optimal for that up-close and personal encounter with Africa’s Big Five and witnessing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

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The Big 5 are Africa’s undisputed super stars and the reason tourists set out eagerly on dawn and dusk game-viewing excursions. There can be no argument that giraffe and zebra are prettier creatures than buffalo, or that cheetah can be easier to find than leopard, but seeing any of the Big 5 living wild and free in their natural habitats remains an unforgettable thrill at the top of most travelers’ safari tick list.

The term ‘Big 5’ was originally coined in the 19th Century by big game hunters who listed African elephant, Cape buffalo, African lion, leopard and rhinoceros as the five most dangerous creatures to hunt on foot in Africa. Fortunately, the Big 5 are now protected in national parks and private game reserves, and the term is synonymous with photographic safaris. Today’s tourists contribute directly to the conservation of these magnificent animals across encroachments like poaching, wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction.

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If you’re planning a safari holiday, you’ll no doubt have the Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure on your bucket list. Whether it’s the challenge of spotting them or just the hype surrounding their existence, these fascinating animals provide intriguing facts and stunning pictures. The five fabulous game animals of Africa are guaranteed to make your African Big Five safari tour feel out-of-this-world and totally magical.

Our Big 5 safari destinations range widely and we advise planning carefully with your safari expert to ensure your expectations are met. Safari first-timers would do well to choose Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater or Masai Mara which deliver virtually faultless Big 5 safaris where you’re more than likely to tick off each of the Big 5 after a couple of game drives. we know how important it is to see Africa’s signature animals, which is why on our recommended Big 5 tours and safaris you have a good chance of seeing all of Africa’s Big 5. We also know where to go and at what time of year to find the Big Five Africa Safari Tour Adventure:

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Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari, Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari, Wildebeest Migration Safaris, Serengeti Wildebeest safari is the largest single movement of wild animals in the world. Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari is deservedly listed as one of its eight Natural Wonders and an exceptional inspiration for a dream nature tour of northern Tanzania. Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari is one of the most amazing events one should never miss out, nothing is thrilling like watching the Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari in big numbers running up and down in the grasslands and crossing rivers, it gives an unforgettable experience in the wild. On your Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari you’ll track the movements of the vast herd while also visiting three of Tanzania’s most famous national parks.

Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari is an annual migration of wildebeest from the Ndutu region of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya. Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari or Serengeti migration best time in Tanzania will be June/July 2019 Great Migration safari so anyone willing to track the wildebeest migration 2019 this is the best time. The wildebeest migration 2019 dates timing of the migration depends upon the annual rains and renewal of fresh pasture which may seasonally occur earlier or later in some years.

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But the spectacle is worth the effort to make a photo safari in Tanzania as multitudes of wild gnus pour across the plains, driven by instinct or necessity in such a way that they act as one entity, pursuing their destiny, to rut, mate, dare and die on this impossibly perilous journey, which, nevertheless, ensures the ultimate survival of the wildebeest and the continuance of the Serengeti ecosystem of which they are the mainspring.

Together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park, the Serengeti forms part of Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari is one of the most amazing events one should never miss out. The Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari or Serengeti Wildebeest Migration is Africa’s great migration and happens every year where by large numbers of wildebeests and other animals like the grant’s gazelles, impalas, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya. Nothing is thrilling like watching these animals in big numbers running up and down in the grasslands and crossing rivers, it gives an unforgettable experience in the wild.

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari is one of the most stunning events that you could ever wish to see. Wildebeest migration is a well-documented spectacle that you have probably heard from one source or another, but it is difficult to comprehend just how breath-taking this display is without witnessing it first-hand. On top of this it’s not just wildebeest that you will be watching, expect to see all the diverse wildlife that Africa has to offer whilst embarking on your Wildebeest Migration safari with Cheetah Safaris.

Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

Tanzania wildebeest Migration Safari is a Natural phenomenon that occurs in Serengeti and Masai Mara National Park and nothing all over the world but few can compete with the annual Masai Mara/Serengeti wildebeest migration. The numbers alone are hard to believe: up to two million animals – wildebeest as well as zebra and gazelles – move clockwise around this enormous ecosystem, driven by ancient instincts to find fresh grazing and water.

The Great Wildebeest Migration – the annual migration of giant herds of grazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya is a truly spectacular event. You can see the Great Migration in Tanzania all year round – they migrate in a circular motion around the Serengeti National Park as such it is an ongoing event.

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The wildebeest migration covers a huge area of the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem, and despite the varying weather, putting together a migration specific itinerary is not as difficult as one may at first think. Knowing the best location for specific times of year is of paramount importance. The exact route of the migrating herbivores depends on the weather and where the grass is greener, be it in Kenya or Tanzania. However, the migration does tend to follow the same, or a similar, pattern year after year, which means that you can have a good idea of where to locate yourself. Each area is good at different times of the year, the Serengeti seeing the migration for around nine months and the Mara for just three.

Month by month: Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

November

The short rains begin around early November. A little after this, in late November and December, the herds of the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari arrive on the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. These are south and east of Seronera, around Ndutu and include the north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dispersed across these plains, wildebeest and zebra are everywhere – feeding on the fresh, nutritious grasses.

January, February and March – Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari

They stay here through January, February and March, with most wildebeest calves born in a short window around February. Gradually they spread west across these plains, then around April Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari start their great migration north.

May – Wildebeest Migration Safari

By May the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari all seem to be moving north, migrating to seek fresh grazing and water. The area around Moru Kopjes and west of Seronera is then hectic with a series of moving columns, often containing hundreds of thousands of animals – joined by many zebra, and a scattering of Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles.

June

Some of the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari then head due north of Seronera, but most are usually further west. Around June the wildebeest migration is often halted on the south side of the Grumeti River, which has some channels which block or slow their migration north. The wildebeest then congregate there, in the Western Corridor, often building up to a high density before crossing the river.

The river here is normally a series of pools and channels, but it’s not continuous – and so whilst they always represent an annual feast for the Grumeti River’s large crocodiles, these aren’t usually quite as Africa Photography Safari Package spectacular as the crossings of the Mara River, further north. The wildebeest migration continues moving northwards during July and August, often spreading out across a broad front: some heading through Grumeti Reserve and Ikorongo, others north through the heart of the Serengeti National Park.

September

September sees the herds spread out across the northern Serengeti, where the Mara River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. This river gushes through the northern Serengeti from Kenya’s adjacent Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Watching the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River can be very spectacular; there are often scenes of great panic and confusion. It’s common to see herds cross the Mara River north on one day, and then back south a few days later.

By October the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari herds are migrating again with more accord: all are heading south, through western Loliondo and the Serengeti National Park’s Lobo area, returning to the green shoots which follow the rains on the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in November.

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Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari

Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari as Explained, From the Serengeti in Tanzania, to the Masai Mara in Kenya, Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari attracts thousands of nature enthusiasts, filmmakers and photographers who come from around the world to witness one of Africa’s most dazzling cycles of life. Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari usually starts from Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. Wildebeest Migration is one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world.

Each year, almost two million wildebeest and 20 000 plains game migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti to the south of Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of lush grazing grounds and life-giving water. This treacherous odyssey is dictated by the seasons and where the rains are, the wildebeest are not far behind. This Wildebeest Migration Safari journey from north to south spans almost 3000 kilometers and is virtually endless.

Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari

From July to October, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Nowhere on earth will you witness such an immense movement such as the Wildebeest Migration Safari. While taking in two different countries, the wildebeest make time for birthing, courting and mating on the way – while trying to survive crocodile infested waters and other ravenous, stalking predators. Witnessing the struggle of survival for these animals on their ‘big trek’ has dubbed this spectacle as the World Cup of Wildlife, and it comes as no surprise that it has also been ranked as one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”.

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If you are planning a trip to witness the Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari, it is important to understand that the migration is an ongoing, natural process. In essence, the massive herds are continuously in search of greener pastures and they typically move from the southern and eastern Serengeti in the wet season grazing to the dry season habitat in the north on either side of the Mara River.

As the Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari is a very fluid, dynamic process that is subject to the timing of that year’s rains, it is an event that can provide different experiences depending on where you find yourself in the process. One of nature’s greatest spectacles, the Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari is truly the most sought after wildlife experience for travelers across the globe. Each year during the Africa Wildebeest Migration Safari, over one million wildebeest move through Northern Tanzania and Kenya, searching for fresh grass and water. During this time, they will birth calves, brave crocodile-infested waters, and try to outwit predators such as the lions, cheetahs, and leopards lying in wait.

The wildebeest migration in East Africa is the largest land migration of mammals in the world. No other experience compares in scale to the huge numbers of incredible animals that constitute this migration. It’s a seething, beautiful mass of movement unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Late December to March: The herds are beginning to move back to the South of Serengeti from the north. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the south is now populated by short nutritious grasses. This provides the favorable environment for the herds to have their calves. Mid-February is actually considered a calving season, an estimated 400,000 calves are born during this period. It is also an interesting period for those who love game, as the calving season attracts a good number of lions, cheetahs and hyenas to the herds.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari 2019-2020Late March to Early May: The herds begin migrating towards the north as the rich nutritious grass is now not sufficient to sustain the endless herds. They split and some move towards the central of Serengeti but the most migrate towards the western corridor. At the beginning of June, the herds are concentrated around Grumeti River in the West. They reside here for the three months as they wait to proceed north.

July-October: By late June, things are beginning to dry up. The herds begin moving to their next destination point, the North/The Mara game reserve. Because the herds are split, the migration can be spread over huge distances. The zebras might be the first to arrive in the Mara followed by the Wildebeests later on. The Mara River is towards the northern side and the most spectacular river crossing waits during this period. Game watching is fantastic during this time with almost guaranteed daily river crossing, with hungry crocodiles present in the rivers.

November/December: The herds begin to move towards the southern part of Serengeti with its short green grass, and to begin another cycle again.

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Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Adventure Safari Tour or Wildebeest Migration is a dramatic story. Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues. Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.

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Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Adventure Safari Tour in Masai Mara January to March

Each year around the same time the ‘Great Wildebeest Migration’ begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. A natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. It is January to March when the calving season begins. A time when there is plenty of rain ripened grass available for the 500,000 zebra that precede 1.8 million wildebeest and the following 100,000 plains game

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February marks the start of this great migration, proceeding the long rainy season when wildebeest spend their time grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2/3-week period, which starts abruptly and is remarkably synchronized. Few calves are born ahead of time; the few that are as much as 6 months out of phase, hardly any will survive. (Estes 1992) The main reason for this being that very young calves are more noticeable to predators when mixed with older calves from earlier in the previous year, and so are easier prey

The calving grounds of the eastern Serengeti happen to be outside the hunting territories of most of the predators, such as hyena, cheetah, hunting dogs and lions although some losses to these predators can occur. Wildebeest cows do not seek isolation during calving or afterwards.

In migratory populations the cows will congregate in there hundreds on the calving grounds. Wildebeest society is much more structured at this time. Groupings of pregnant cows, cows that have calved, groups of yearlings recently separated from their mothers and bachelor herds, which are usually excluded by the territorial bulls from the calving grounds. Expectant cows gather and drop their calves before midday (very few are born after midday). Labor will last 30 minutes to one hour and may be interrupted at any time, should the cow be disturbed.

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March, April and May is when the herds begin to sweep west and north towards the long grass plains and woodlands of the Serengeti’s western corridor. Here the herd divides when some swing further west than others who head northwest. They will meet up again in the Masai Mara of Kenya. The long rains have started and the southern grass plains they leave behind are depleted of all food, so the herds must press on.

By the end of May the rains peter out and the rutting season begins. A time when males are in their prime condition, Wildebeest bulls become territorial at 4/5 years (Estes 1969), when during the rut they will undergo dramatic behavioral changes, becoming the noisiest and most active of all African antelopes.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Adventure Safari Tour in June & July

June to July is a transitional period between the rains and the dry season. As they concentrate on the few remaining green patches of Savannah, these huge herds’ reform and push further north towards the Masai Mara. This final push north results in a massing along the banks of the swollen Mara River producing one of the world’s truly most spectacular sights

After four long months trekking, these animals are in desperate need of water to drink and grass to graze. Many of the young find it exceptionally difficult to come this far, sometimes going for days without water. Many die from exhaustion and thirst before they reach the Mara River, but also many survive, just, only to find one last huge obstacle in their way.

Depending on the recent rainfall sometimes the chosen crossing place is shallow, which allows the majority of the herds to cross safely. But often the river is deep and fast flowing, with steep banks either side. Many of the weaker animals are not able to cope with the strong river currents or the buffeting from other wildebeest as they swim. Hundreds of animals can die during the crossing, littering the water’s edge with corpses.

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Between July and October the wildebeest reside in the Masai Mara, grazing the lush green grasses that the earlier rains encouraged. The mass of over 2 million animals cover the Savannah and grasslands as far as the eye can see. Predication by leopard, lion and hyena at this time is great simply due to numbers. There are just so many prey animals around that the predators have to take advantage to feed their own young, a time of plenty for all.

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October to November is when the short rains begin to fall in the south and east Serengeti, so the herds start to leave the Masai Mara, crossing the Mara River yet again, bringing all the same perils as before.

They head slowly back to the Serengeti’s eastern plains. By the time they arrive it will be February and the cycle is complete. Arrival at the calving grounds marks the end of this, and the start of the next year’s migration. In all 250,000 wildebeest die during this 1,800-mile journey, the sick, the lame, old and very young, but the next calving will produce around 500,000 new calves who must take their chances along with the adults on the following ‘Great Migration’. (Being a natural event the timings of this migration may vary from year to year).

Why the Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris in Masai Mara Occurs

The entirety of the migration is dependent upon the coming of the rains. In Africa’s hot and dry climate, such huge numbers of animal life cannot be sustained by one place. They have such a dramatic effect on the grazing pastures, taking no time at all to completely exhaust the available food supply.

As the rains come at different times in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, so the animals are driven to Search for the rain-ripened grasses and water to drink. Wildebeest need to drink every day or at least every other day. So, this clockwise constant search for favorable conditions pushes the herds on wards, month by month in order to feed themselves and their young.

Open plains away from the majority of predators. The rains herald the birth of many animals’ young in Africa; such is their dependence on water. If the majority of young are born around the same time and are able within a few minutes to keep up with their mothers and the constantly moving herds, they are more likely to avoid predication.

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Wildebeest Migration Safaris in Masai Mara is a dramatic story in the jungle of Africa. Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues. Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.

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Each year around the same time the ‘Great Wildebeest Migration’ begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. A natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. It is January to March when the calving season begins. A time when there is plenty of rain ripened grass available for the 500,000 zebra that precede 1.8 million wildebeest and the following 100,000 plains game

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February marks the start of this great migration, proceeding the long rainy season when wildebeest spend their time grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2/3-week period, which starts abruptly and is remarkably synchronized. Few calves are born ahead of time; the few that are as much as 6 months out of phase, hardly any will survive. (Estes 1992) The main reason for this being that very young calves are more noticeable to predators when mixed with older calves from earlier in the previous year, and so are easier prey

The calving grounds of the eastern Serengeti happen to be outside the hunting territories of most of the predators, such as hyena, cheetah, hunting dogs and lions although some losses to these predators can occur. Wildebeest cows do not seek isolation during calving or afterwards.

In migratory populations the cows will congregate in their hundreds on the calving grounds. Wildebeest society is much more structured at this time. Groupings of pregnant cows, cows that have calved, groups of yearlings recently separated from their mothers and bachelor herds, which are usually excluded by the territorial bulls from the calving grounds. Expectant cows gather and drop their calves before midday (very few are born after midday). Labor will last 30 minutes to one hour and may be interrupted at any time, should the cow be disturbed.

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Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris in Masai Mara March, April and May is when the herds begin to sweep west and north towards the long grass plains and woodlands of the Serengeti’s western corridor. Here the herd divides when some swing further west than others who head northwest. They will meet up again in the Masai Mara of Kenya. The long rains have started and the southern grass plains they leave behind are depleted of all food, so the herds must press on.

By the end of May, the rains peter out and the rutting season begins. A time when males are in their prime condition, Wildebeest bulls become territorial at 4/5 years (Estes 1969), when during the rut they will undergo dramatic behavioral changes, becoming the noisiest and most active of all African antelopes.

Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris in Masai Mara June & July

June to July is a transitional period between the rains and the dry season. As they concentrate on the few remaining green patches of Savannah, these huge herds’ reform and push further north towards the Masai Mara. This final push north results in a massing along the banks of the swollen Mara River producing one of the world’s truly most spectacular sights

After four long months trekking, these animals are in desperate need of water to drink and grass to graze. Many of the young find it exceptionally difficult to come this far, sometimes going for days without water. Many die from exhaustion and thirst before they reach the Mara River, but also many survive, just, only to find one last huge obstacle in their way.

Depending on the recent rainfall sometimes the chosen crossing place is shallow, which allows the majority of the herds to cross safely. But often the river is deep and fast flowing, with steep banks either side. Many of the weaker animals are not able to cope with the strong river currents or the buffeting from other wildebeest as they swim. Hundreds of animals can die during the crossing, littering the water’s edge with corpses.

Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris in Masai Mara July to October

Between July and October, the wildebeest reside in the Masai Mara, grazing the lush green grasses that the earlier rains encouraged. The mass of over 2 million animals cover the Savannah and grasslands as far as the eye can see. Predication by leopard, lion and hyena at this time is great simply due to numbers. There are just so many prey animals around that the predators have to take advantage to feed their own young, a time of plenty for all.

Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris in Masai Mara October & January

October to November is when the short rains begin to fall in the south and east Serengeti, so the herds start to leave the Masai Mara, crossing the Mara River yet again, bringing all the same perils as before.

They head slowly back to the Serengeti’s eastern plains. By the time they arrive it will be February and the cycle is complete. Arrival at the calving grounds marks the end of this, and the start of the next year’s migration. In all 250,000 wildebeest die during this 1,800-mile journey, the sick, the lame, old and very young, but the next calving will produce around 500,000 new calves who must take their chances along with the adults on the following ‘Great Migration’. (Being a natural event the timings of this migration may vary from year to year).

Why the Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris in Masai Mara Occurs

The entirety of the migration is dependent upon the coming of the rains. In Africa’s hot and dry climate, such huge numbers of animal life cannot be sustained by one place. They have such a dramatic effect on the grazing pastures, taking no time at all to completely exhaust the available food supply.

As the rains come at different times in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, so the animals are driven to Search for the rain-ripened grasses and water to drink. Wildebeest need to drink every day or at least every other day. So, this clockwise constant search for favorable conditions pushes the herds onwards, month by month in order to feed themselves and their young.

Open plains away from the majority of predators. The rains herald the birth of many animals’ young in Africa; such is their dependence on water. If the majority of young are born around the same time and are able within a few minutes to keep up with their mothers and the constantly moving herds, they are more likely to avoid predication.

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