Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package

Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package is the largest single movement of wild animals in the world. Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package is deservedly listed as one of its eight Natural Wonders and an exceptional inspiration for a dream nature tour of northern Tanzania. The Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package is one of the most amazing events one should never miss out, nothing is thrilling like watching the Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari in big numbers running up and down in the grasslands and crossing rivers, it gives an unforgettable experience in the wild.

Our Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package starts in either Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park before spending three days in the Serengeti National Park following the movements of the Wildebeest Migration. Witness the herds within the great Serengeti wildebeest migration in August until September which will be spread out all the way from Seronera to the Mara River and often spreading out across a broad front.

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari

You’ll watch the frantic herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River which can be very spectacular. There are often scenes of great panic and confusion among the herds within the great Serengeti migrations. Get your unforgettable safari experience now! Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari Holidays: You can see the Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package in Tanzania all year round – they migrate in a circular motion around the Serengeti National Park as such it is an ongoing event.

Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari is Africa’s great migration and happens every year where by large numbers of wildebeests (over 2 million) and other animals like the grant’s gazelles, impalas, zebras (Over 200,000), elands, and Thomson’s gazelles migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya. The great Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari is the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala.
Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari

Wildebeest Migration Safari Cycle

Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package From the Serengeti in Tanzania, to the Masai Mara in Kenya, the Great Wildebeest Migration 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. The Great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari is one of the last mass terrestrial wildlife movements left on the planet and the chief reason why so many safari-lovers venture to the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem, especially at mid-year.

The Migration is one of nature’s greatest paradoxes: your timing is absolutely everything but there is no way to predict the timing of the animals’ movement. We know that the wildebeest (and a smattering of zebra and antelope) will cross the Mara River – but we don’t know exactly when. We know that rain will trigger those same plains game to move onto fresh grazing – but we don’t know when that rain will come.

The Great Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package is a year-round phenomenon, with different but equally exciting elements occurring at various times of the year. The river crossings usually coincide with peak safari season, hence the perception that this is the only time of the year that the wildebeest are on the move or can be seen.

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari

Month by month: the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safaris

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.

JANUARY START OF MIGRATION: The herds are in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, moving back down south from the north-east region and into the area of the Southern Serengeti, Lake Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation Area (they do not enter the Ngorongoro Crater – those are resident wildebeest). The Serengeti is not fenced so the herds are free to move where they can find grazing. Remember that although up to two million wildebeest, zebra and antelope form the Migration, they are not all in a single herd. The animals break up into mega-herds of thousands or hundreds of individuals at time.

It is calving season – prepare yourself for lots of wobbly babies… and lots of heartbreak as predator’s swoop in. If you want productive big-cat action, the Southern Serengeti supplies it with lions, brown hyenas, leopards and even wild dogs taking advantage of vulnerable calves.

FEBRUARY SOUTHERN SERENGETI: The good grazing of the Southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation Areas means the herds remain in the far south. The rut is generally in full swing with males jousting for the right to mate with receptive females.

This means that when the fertile females finally reach the Mara, Talek and Grumeti Rivers many months later, they are heavily pregnant, making their feat even more incredible.

Serengeti Wildebeest migration safari package

MARCH MOVEMENT: They are generally still in the south but the grasses have all been munched up, the last calves born and the herds are starting to gather in preparation for the next leg of their journey.

APRIL WILDEBEEST MIGRATION BEGINS: The wildebeest generally begin their northward journey, and many have left already and are in the central and even western Serengeti.

MAY: Wagons roll! The massed herds are on the go, huge columns of up to 40 kilometres / 25 miles in length can be sometimes be seen as the wildebeest funnel up into the central and western Serengeti. Water sources are starting to dry out as the dry season begins to bite, hence the march towards the Mara River.

JUNE SERENGETI MIGRATION MOVE TO CENTRAL AND WESTERN: Head for the central and western Serengeti – the herds are usually there and getting ready for the toughest part of their odyssey. The weather is cooler and much drier and while there are fewer bugs, there is more dust so prep your camera equipment accordingly.

JULY MIGRATION MARA RIVER CROSSING: Book early – it is the Big Event: the start of the major river crossings. The herds have reached the western Serengeti and Grumeti Reserves and are peering closely at the brown waters of the rivers they have to cross. Why? Huge Nile crocodiles, that is why!

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari

As mentioned, it is impossible to predict crossings. Book up to a year in advance to get a lodge on or as close to the river as possible – this cuts down on travel time to lookout points. The wildebeest do have historical crossing areas and you may spend days staked out in the hope of seeing the action.

AUGUST: The survivors celebrate by feasting in the northern Serengeti and begin crossing into Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. You need a passport to cross; the wildebeest are exempt. The national reserve is open to members of the public so for a more exclusive experience, head for the many community-run conservancies that border the reserve.

SEPTEMBER: The herds break up into smaller groups – about half of the animals remain in the northern Serengeti, the rest are swapping stories in the Masai Mara (‘Did you hear that Nigel didn’t make it across the Grumeti?’). The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is just that – one system that has been artificially divided by humans. The herds will be spread out, making the most of water and food.

OCTOBER MIGRATION: Your best bet is the Masai Mara but bear in mind it is a far smaller reserve than the Serengeti and there may be a lot of other visitors. The conservancies in the Mara are much less crowded and, not only will you still be able to witness the Migration, you will also be befitting the Maasai communities who have lived there for thousands of years.

This is when the lack of rain really starts to show: animals don’t move far from the few remaining water sources and the vegetation is at its lowest and thinnest, making game easy to find and see.

NOVEMBER MIGRATION: In a ‘normal year’ the short rains have begun, propelling the wildebeest to leave the now denuded grasslands of the Masai Mara and back into the rejuvenated Serengeti. Bear in mind that the rain can be ‘late’ or ‘early’, which is also unpredictable.

Although many people think of Africa as a hot place, the rain can cool things down dramatically. You’ll be out on early morning and late afternoon game drives, times of day when the sun is at its weakest. Take at least one pair of trousers, closed shoes that can cope with mud (Crocs are lightweight for your limited luggage space and dry quickly although they don’t meet many travelers’ aesthetic demands!) and a fleece or waterproof jacket.

DECEMBER: Fresh grazing sees the wildebeest clustered in the north-eastern Serengeti (around Lobo in particular) as well as the southern Serengeti. Calving begins again, the predators move in again, and the cycle of life begins all over again.

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