Wildebeest migration, also known as the World Cup of Wildlife is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. You have not yet experienced anything magical before you watch millions of wildebeest move together from the famous Serengeti National Park. This is one peculiar event of the earth, there is no other known such movement of animals in the whole world.
This spectacular wildlife migration gives you a rare awe striking opportunity to view immense herds of mammals move across the expansive Serengeti Plains into the neighbouring Kenyan Plains of Maasai Mara.
It is incredible seeing herds of wildebeest cross Grumeti and Mara Rivers! As for the best time to visit so as to be able to experience this world wonder, our safari guides are able to advise you accordingly. The rain patterns determine the wildebeest migration, that is, route and time.
When and where does the migration happen?
If you visit Tanzania between December and April, you can watch wildebeest migration in Ndutu area, which is in the southern side of Serengeti. 300,000 to 400,000 wildebeest calves are dropped in January and February. The birthing happens in the short grass Southernmost Serengeti plains. This gives predators a great moment of feasting. However, the fact that the birthing takes place at the same time and in a short period- 2 to 3 weeks, means that predators can only manage to devour a small portion. A tourist will have a chance to watch hundreds of hyenas and lions in dozens while in action.
The wildebeest move in herds towards the central and western region around April as they search for greener pastures. The mating season starts with the rains.
Between April, May and June, the migration gets ‘in-between locations.’ This is because there are long rains in April and May resulting to affluence in terms of long green grass. The wildebeest therefore get to disperse in the Northern Serengeti region. You might therefore not enjoy seeing the condensed large herds which is the exciting part about wildebeests.
If your visit is in the period between July and September, then you will find wildebeest herds in the area around Mara River. It gets quite risky for the animals to cross the river due to the presence of crocodiles. A good number of them remain in Northern Serengeti enjoying the remaining grass as the rest take the risk across Mara.
The months of October, November and December see the wildebeests move back to Southern Serengeti in herds, starting the annual migration cycle again.