Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021 upcoming tracker updates for The Great Wildebeest Migration Herd in Africa. Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021 in the plains of East Africa is one of the world’s most thrilling, intriguing and spectacular displays of wildlife behavior. As such, our travelers place great timing importance on having the best front row seats to see the event. By sharing our personal knowledge, local experience and expertise of the Great Migration in Masai Mara National Reserve, we help you have a superlative Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021 trip in Kenya’s pristine wilderness outback.

Masai Mara is the most noted location of the wildebeest migration due to its famed Mara River crossings, and this has led to some misunderstandings about the migration itself. The migration is an ongoing movement of animals that takes place throughout the year. The Ultimate, Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021 Packages opens the door to some of the most memorable African tour experiences. For more about the safari packages kindly click the following link: Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration safari Pakages

The annual Wildebeest migration is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on the planet, as an estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle follow the rains in search of the better quality grazing. The Migration is one of Nature’s greatest paradoxes: Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021 timing is absolutely vital, but there is no way to predict the timing of the animals’ movements. We know that the wildebeest will cross the Mara River – but nobody knows exactly when. We also know that rain will trigger the wildebeest to move onto fresh grazing – but nobody knows exactly when the rain will fall.

The migration occurs within an area that is known as the “Serengeti ecosystem.” The 40,000-square mile area is defined by Masai Mara National Reserve in the north and, in the south, Ndutu, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Maswa Game Reserve in Tanzania. The central, eastern and western areas include Grumeti Reserve, Loliondo, the official Serengeti National Park including part of southern expanse of Kusini and other protected areas.

The migration is not a singular, isolated event. Instead, the phrase describes the constant movement of over 1.5 million wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras, as well as elands and gazelles. As with other wildlife, the purpose of the movement is the search for pasture and water. When supplies of these vital resources are depleted in one area, the animals move to another area where water, grasses and other food sources are plentiful.

One of the most requested events in the migration is the arrival crossing of the Mara River that occurs around late July to August with parts of September and again on their return south, around the last two weeks of October through early November. These are the best times to track and see the annual wildebeest migration in Masai Mara. While the sight of masses of animals thundering across the open plains is spectacular, the Mara River crossing will take you through a range of emotions – awe, anticipation, heartache, inspiration, excitement and much more.

The crossing is the subject of many documentary films from the BBC to the National Geographic, but even superb film making cannot give you the experience of being on-site. Throngs of wildebeests gather on ledges above the river, and you can sense their urgency and hesitation. The energy in the air is palpable. As you watch in silence, the wildebeests seem to be gathering their courage, and on some days, they leave the river’s edge and disperse across the Savannah to graze. But then the day arrives. The wildebeests once again stand above the river, eyes wide, breath labored – each animal vying for a position that gives the safest and surest path to the water and the opposite bank.

Hours can pass while conversing with your guide as the wildebeests nervously watch the water for crocodiles. Finally, with no apparent trigger, a few animals rush toward the water, with thousands following close behind along with zebras, elands and gazelles. Your excitement quickly turns to fear. You know that time is of the essence – crocodiles are moving toward the slower and smaller wildebeests. Snapping jaws are not the only threat, though, as the current of the Mara River acts with greater unrelenting ferocity, often ending more life than the predators. Your heart breaks for the younger calves that are simply too tired and inexperienced to survive the gantlet.

We have Kenya – Tanzania Safari package is designed to follow the 2021 Great Wildebeest Migration path from the Serengeti National park to Masai Mara National Reserve during the river-crossing spectacle period, between February to May in Tanzania and June and October in Kenya. 2021 The Wildebeest Migration Spectacle – Every year, herds of wildebeest and zebra trek across the great vastness of the Serengeti in Tanzania heading towards the Kenya border and eventually into the Masai Mara. The herds are attracted by the fresh grass and vegetation made possible by the long rains of April and May. Estimates indicate that over 500,000 animals enter into Masai Mara and they are joined by another 100,000 animals from the Loita Hills on the east of Masai Mara.

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December – March Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021

During these months, the herds gather around the Serengeti and Ngorongoro areas in northern Tanzania. The conditions are rather wet around the time, so the animals spend much of their time grazing. December to March also happens to be the calving season. If you’re in the Serengeti during this period, you can make your way to the Salei and Ndutu plains for better wildlife sighting opportunities.

Wildebeest are some of the most prolific animals. And given that there’s plenty of vegetation around this time, the mothers in these plains can give birth to about 800,000 calves in just two weeks.
December to March is also the ideal time to sight and photograph big cats on the prowl. However, since most big cats are opportunistic hunters, they’ll likely settle for the newborn calves. Therefore, you won’t likely spot high-speed chases around this time.

April – May Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021

May is not only the month of the Kentucky Derby horse race. From April to May, there is also another kind of race in Africa, involving other kind of animals. They begin to move towards the northern and western regions of the Serengeti in pursuit of greener pastures. Rainfall in the Serengeti is sporadic and seasonal at this time.

The rains make it difficult to keep pace with the fast-moving herds and triggers the predators to retreat into their dens. Therefore, you can look at these months as some of the dullest periods in the Serengeti, as far as wildebeest migration is concerned.

June – Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021

The rains have started to subside. And if you were previously camp bound, this is the time to resume your wildebeest tracking tours. The animals will be moving more frantically, advancing north of the Serengeti to congregate.

All the animals that were previously grazing on various regions of the park, plus the mothers who had sought perfect calving spots, reunite with other wildebeests to form much larger herds. There are two reasons behind the reunion. First, it’s the mating season. And secondly, the animals’ migration instincts are stronger than ever, and they understand that there’s safety in numbers.
Being in large numbers makes it harder for predators to sneak up on the wildebeest. Big cat sightings and hunting are common around this region of the Serengeti. And since mating also comes with surges in testosterone levels, wildebeest bulls frequently lock horns around this time, adding more color to the already spectacular scenery.

July – Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021

The migrating herds encounter their first obstacle – the Grumeti River. Basically, the animals have three concerns to worry about. First is the sheer depth of the water, which presents the risk of drowning. Second is the resident Nile crocodiles that are waiting to snap their jaws on anything they can get hold of. And lastly, predators know that sooner or later, the prey will gather around the river to drink or attempt to cross.

In most cases, predators target the strugglers, which include the very young, the very old, and the sickly. This is the ultimate challenge for young calves. The herds’ instincts to cross outweigh their anxiety, and they eventually take the plunge. As expected, there are hundreds of casualties. Some animals fall to the Nile crocodiles while others die in the ensuing stampede.

August – Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021

The action now takes place on the Kenyan side of the ecosystem, as the herds advance towards the Lamai Wedge and the Mara Triangle. The sights of greener pasture lying yonder fuel the animals’ drive, and they proceed further north. Then, they get to another obstacle – the Mara River. And just like the Grumeti River, the Mara River is a haven for hundreds of savage crocodiles, most of which have gone without food for days.

September – November Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021

The Masai Mara now teems with millions of wildebeest. And predators are ever hot on their trails. Therefore, besides July – August, September to November is another ideal time to plan your game drives to the Mara. High-speed chases by lions and cheetahs are common around this time, as are surprise attacks by leopards.

November- December Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Tour 2021

The plains of Masai Mara begin to turn yellow as the grass withers. On the other hand, it starts to rain in the Serengeti again, though the rains are much shorter. All the same, the animals gather and trek back to the Serengeti plains, following nearly the same paths they used to get to the Mara. The Lobo area, which lies within the Masai Mara – Serengeti ecosystem, is the ideal place to catch a glimpse of this migration. November to December is also the calving season in the Lobo area.

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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.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari Packages From June to November

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Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris 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

Wildebeest Migration Safaris in Masai Mara in February

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.

Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Safaris in Masai Mara March, April & May

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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