The great wildebeest migration in Tanzania is not only amusing to observe but is one of the last left mass terrestrial movements in the world. It is a natural instinct, and every year millions of wildebeest migrate around the mighty plains of Serengeti and other national parks in search of greener pastures. This natural instinct to migrate is so firm that no predators like the big cats or crocodile-filled river could stop them.
Every year many adventure-seekers plan wildebeest migration safaris in Tanzania. If you want to see the beauty of herds of grazers spiced up with real game viewing experience, book your wildebeest migration safari package with us. We at Across Tanzania Expeditions offer tailor-made safari packages for our customers.
The annual migration overview:
- December-March: It is the time when the herds are present in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The herd is now moving down-south gradually from the North-East region into South Serengeti. It is the calving season, hence prepare you for viewing wobbly babies and also heartbreaks as the predators pounce in taking advantage of the vulnerable calves. The wildebeest are still in the South, but the grasses have been munched up; the calves are also born, and hence it is time for migration.
- April –June: The wildebeest now make a northward journey and now is grazing in Central and Western Serengeti. In the month of May, one can view huge herds of wildebeest in Central and Western Serengeti. Water sources are gradually drying, and with no more fresh grasslands, the herds are now marching towards the Mara River. The month of June is cooler and much drier with fewer bugs and lots of dust.
- The upcoming month of July is somewhere more intense and full of adventure. The major river crossing takes place in this month. The herds of wildebeest have by now already reached the western Serengeti and Grumeti reserves and are looking for the right moment to cross the river. The reason being the huge Nile crocodiles present in the river seek out an opportunity to prey up the vulnerable wildebeests.
- August-November: Now, the survivors celebrate by feasting on the grasslands of Northern Serengeti and enter Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. In September, the herds break up in small groups and remain in Masai Mara plains. In the month of October and November, the herds disperse in small groups searching for greener plains in Masai Mara according to the rainfall.
Conclusion: Although you may feel Africa is a hot place, the rain showers can make the climate cooler hence take a pair of trousers, closed shoes, and a waterproof jacket. You can further book your own tailor-made packages with us! Our guides are the most reliable ones and have deep knowledge of Tanzania’s wild habitat. Our guides could help you explore the beauty of Tanzania and wildebeest migration in the best possible ways.