The vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate all year round across the Serengeti and Masai Mara national parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Their movements are triggered by rainfall, and their sole purpose is to find the fresh, lush grass that will nourish their young. This is not a one way journey and they do circle back to the areas where they were born.
In late November and December the herds are in the sweeping plains of Ndutu and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation Area grazing. This is their calving season and it’s a magical time to see them congregated together on the dramatic landscapes. It’s difficult to predict the herds movement from this point as it depends on the rain.
March and April herds move west across the short-grass plains of central Serengeti in search of new pasture. This is when the majority of calves are born. It is also during the rut when males put on displays to attract females.
By May, the herds have started their great northward wildebeest migration safari packages. Huge columns of wildebeest can be seen on the western part of the Serengeti as they funnel up to the Grumeti River where they must cross it. This is a less frequent river crossing and not as spectacular as the Mara River crossing.
During June, herds of wildebeest migration Kenya can be seen in the north of the Serengeti. They can be found near the Mara River crossings as well where herds are gathered at the edge of the river. This is where the first herds will begin to cross over to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Thousands of animals will make their way to the expeditions masai safaris Mara in this month and it is one of the best times to witness this incredible migration.
August and September is when the herds are at their most concentrated in the Maasai Mara National Park. Herds of over a million animals will be moving in this region and it is also mating season. It is a very exciting and adventurous time for tourists visiting the region.
October is the time of the annual river crossings. This is one of the most famous moments of the wildebeest migration kenya and a must-see for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. It is during this time that the infamous Mara River in the border between Tanzania and Kenya comes alive with millions of hooves, crashing waters and lurking crocodiles. The sight of the mass movement of a huge number of animals attempting to make it to the other side is a sight that will never be forgotten.
While the Mara River is a highlight of this season, there are many other places where you can watch the great migration. There are private conservancies that offer seasonal camps that take advantage of the herds as they pass through this region. These are often a more affordable option for travelers and they offer more intimate wildlife viewing.