The Great Migration

The Great Migration is one of the greatest wildlife events on the planet and the largest mass movement of animals in the animal kingdom. Every year millions of wildebeest and zebra begin their 1000 mile journey in search of fresh water and grazing; starting in the Masai Mara and ending in the Serengeti where the animals calve for a few months before starting the cycle again. The precise timing is unpredictable and depends very much on the weather conditions. They usually start heading towards the western Serengeti in May before crossing the Grumeti River in June and July. This river crossing is arguably the most spectacular event of all. Thousands of crocodile lie in wait as the wildebeest gather, working themselves into a confused frenzy before taking the plunge into the ominous waters. The Grumeti current is quite strong and many of the young and weak do not make it across - falling prey to the opportunistic crocodiles. Other predators like lion and cheetah roam the plains waiting for the right opportunity to make their move and the scavengers and vultures are also on patrol, ready to clean up any scraps.

The wildebeest arrive in the Mara during the months of August and September and will remain there until November when they gradually start to make their way back to the Serengeti.

There are a number of excellent safari camps in the Mara and Serengeti that specialize in luxury Migration Safaris. The Migration is best experienced on a private game drive, in a hot air balloon, on a walking safari accompanied by a highly experienced Masai guide or on a horse riding safari. Whatever way you choose to experience this exhilarating natural event, one of our expert safari designers would be delighted to assist you in planning your once in a lifetime East African safari adventure. Don't hesitate, call us today or send us an e-mail and we will call you back at a time that is convenient for you.

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