The annual Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania and Kenya with thousands of animals is one of the largest animal migrations one can ever sight and surely one of the world’s natural wonders. Every year the wildebeest move in millions and follow literally a similar pattern which makes planning necessary. That’s why this best Guide for 2024 Wildebeest Migration safaris comes in handy.
It is easy to know that the wildebeest will be passing in a specific route or the rains will trigger their movement but knowing when exactly that will happen is very important.
Annually migrating across the Serengeti Masai Mara ecosystem, the wildebeest migrate with the sole purpose of finding green pastures.
When the rains are in the Serengeti region the wildebeest will be there to find pasture and when the rains are in Kenya’s Masai Mara, the herds will migrate to Kenya.
Though their cycle is a little predictable, where the wildebeest can be seen is dependent on where the rains fall.
It’s an annual event undertaken by the wildebeest as one and a half million wildebeest accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and numerous other antelope species move in search of greener pastures.
The most dramatic moments of a wildebeest migration happen during the River crossings at River Mara. However, the wildebeest do not cross over at the same time.
When they arrive at the river, some cross immediately and continue in the other direction, some hang around to graze as some even don’t cross and return backward.
Seeing those that cross survive the crocodiles in the river is both heartbreaking and amazing at the same time.
The migration is annual, therefore animals move through the different spots all year round. However, many people know that it’s only between July and October when the migration happens.
July to October is also the best time to tour when the wildebeest are also crossing the Mara River. This makes it an appropriate time to see the dramatic crossings as well as other wildlife in the park.
The wildebeest migrate all year round in circular motion around the Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve ecosystem.
Though it is an ongoing moment, here is where you will see the wildebeest during the different seasons of the year.
To see the wildebeest in Tanzania, between July – October the herds are in northern Serengeti plains.
During this time you can have the chance to see the wildebeest crossing the dramatic Mara River as thousands are killed trying to cross.
From December to March, the wildebeest in that time is in the southern part of Serengeti specifically in Ndutu which is actually in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. During this time it’s the calving season as many calves are birthed.
February is the perfect month when the wildebeest can be seen in large herds altogether for the calving season. This is a highlight of the wildebeest migration along with the dramatic crossings of the Mara River.
This is because November experiences short rains and the months of April and May are the long rains season therefore the grass is green throughout and so are the herds that are dispersed.
Best time of the year to see the large herds of wildebeest migrating is during the months of July – October, and December – March.
Mulling in Kenya happens just as an extension to the grazing seasons of the herds since they spend most of their time in Serengeti.
Between July – October is when the wildebeest can be seen in Kenya as they cross the Mara River. To catch the best moments of the dramatic crossings of the Mara River, it is best to base yourself in Serengeti on a Tanzania wildlife safari rather than a wildlife safari in Kenya.
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