This is a unique and spectacular annual event where millions of wildebeest, zebra and other antelope as well as entourage of predators migrate through Eastern Africa has to top every nature lovers travel wish list. This incredible natural phenomena goes by many names such as Annual Wildlife Migration, Great Wildebeest Migration, The Great Annual Wildlife Migration, Serengeti Wildebeest Migration and the Great Migration.
Thankfully the annual movement pattern of the African wildebeest, zebra and other incredible wildlife during the Annual Wildebeest Migration is fairly predictable making booking on a small group safari to witness this event simpler.
Although animals constantly migrate throughout the year, in a clockwise direction, the precise timing of being in a specific time and place depends on the rainfall pattern that specific year. During July and August the animals spread out through Grumeti Reserve, Ikorongo and though the Northern Serengeti National Park. September often draws huge herds across the Serengeti National Park into Maasai Mara National Park. They cross the Mara River which is quite an obstacle and fabulous spectacle to watch.
Imagine witnessing one of natures spectacular events up close and personal on a small group safari. Being surrounded by enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra while snapping of photographs from the comfort and safety of your specialised 4WD safari vehicle. Feel the thunder of hooves drum under the dry earth as the immense herds of wildlife cross the Serengeti plains. Your mouth drops in awe as the migrating wildlife hesitate before braving the Mara River Crossing – This is certainly a trip of a lifetime!!! The Serengeti Annual Wildlife Migration is certainly one of seven wonders of the world.
Leading the migration is often the Zebras who enjoy munching the tall grasses. More than 200,000 follow the same migration pattern year after year following the rains and the food supply throughout Kenya and Tanzania.
Predators are an important part to this cycle and opportunities to observe natural behaviours, in their element are unforgettable. The famed Mara Lion, leopard, cheetahs, hyena, bat eared fox, black-backed Jackals and wild dog will often be found amongst the migration for opportunistic feeding prospects.
The best way to see one of the most spectacular sights in the world, The Serengeti Wildlife Migration, would have to be on a small group safari. The wealth of experience and knowledge shared by the local guide and driver will be well worth it so your time is spent witnessing this unique event rather than travelling around searching for wildlife. Your guide will expertly point out camouflaged wildlife, identify tracks in the dust, name unique wildlife, know the history, safety and rules of the areas. This experience is worth doing without compromises so definitely take a small group safari which will allow more flexibility, more local experiences and better time management while on tour.