The Ultimate Guide To The Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the iconic wildlife movements left on earth. This mass movement echoes all over the world, and it is one of the migrations that leaves sightseers awestruck. It’s one of the primary reasons why several safari travelers find their way to Tanzania and Kenya around the middle of every year.

The migration is still one of Nature’s wonders. The timing is like clockwork, however, it is not easy to predict the actual time the Wildebeest would start their migration. The exact timing is subject to rainfall and other minor factors. The Wildebeest crosses the Mara River, around mid-year due to the emergence of rain. The rainfall usually triggers the Wildebeest to seek for greener pasture, thus abandoning the forage provided by several rivers in the region.

The good news is that we’ve been monitoring and planning the Wildebeest Migration safaris for more than two decades now. We’ve conveyed lots of travelers and helped them to get the best views, the best places, and affordable prices all at the right time. Our ultimate guide to Wildebeest migration gives you an insight into the ultimate safari experience.

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Things To Know About Wildebeest Migration 

Migration is a year-round activity

A common misconception about the wildebeest migration is that it happens only in the middle of the year. While there are more chances of seeing the migration at the time of the year, it is an event that happens all year round. There are lots of things that go into place before the event occurs. Mind you, not even the Wildebeest know when the river crossing would start. Because most river crossings in the past have fallen around July to October, many people feel this is the only time of the year the event occurs.

River crossings are unpredictable 

The Wildebeest does not know when they would migrate and cross. Some quite on time, and cross almost immediately. Others arrive and hang around for some days before crossing. There are even some that arrive at the river and go back. The unpredictability of the crossing adds a bit of excitement to experience. We always advise people to spend as much time on their safari trip so they can catch a river crossing.

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The Great Wildebeest Crossing 

The best time to go on a Migration safari depends on which event you would like to see. Just know that the vast collection of wildlife and vegetative landscape in the Serengeti and Masai Mara provides a year-long ultimate safari experience.

If you are mainly interested in the crossing, then the Grumeti River crossing usually takes place between May and July at the Western Serengeti. In addition, the Mara River Crossings take place from July to September in the Northern Serengeti. 

Remember that these are just approximate dates from years of research. The Great Migration is an all-year event.