The Great Migration of Serengeti is an extraordinary natural phenomenon whereby millions of wildebeests migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya and vice versa. The animals migrate in search of grazing land in a circular motion. The migration isn’t just a temporary process, it’s a continuous migration and the wildebeests are at different places during different months!
The Great Migration of Serengeti is also known as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” by USA Today.
Witnessing the Great Migration for yourself is a remarkable experience! It’s one of those things that you will remember for a lifetime to come.
The Great Migration of Serengeti – Events Month by Month
Although the Great Migration doesn’t follow the same pattern every year and the actual migration pattern depends on seasonal rainfalls, data from over the years suggests that the Great Migration roughly follows the events listed below:
December – March
During these months, the wildebeests and zebras are spread out in Southern Serengeti, and the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area
February is the calving season of the wildebeests so you’re more likely to see large herds with their babies during this month. It’s one of the most interesting sights of the Great Migration!
April and May
The wildebeests and zebras start migrating toward the north as the long showers of rain begin!
The wildebeests slow down as they need to cross the Grumeti River. The river crossing is an interesting sight. Nile crocodiles waiting for the wildebeests splash out of the water and hunt the wildebeests. There’s a lot of panic and confusion.
July and August
The wildebeests and zebrass move further north.
The most interesting river crossing takes place – the crossing of the Mara River! This is one of the most thrilling events in the Great Migration. Watch as the Nile crocodiles hunt the wildebeests and zebras! They reach the Masai Mara in Kenya.
October and November
They stay in the Masai Mara and start coming back toward Serengeti at the end of November.
This is a generic pattern of the migration; the exact pattern depends on the rainfall each year!
Great Migration of Serengeti Facts
- The Nile crocodiles in the Mara River can actually go a year without eating! This means they might have last feasted on the wildebeests a year ago; imagine watching these hungry creatures hunt!
- It’s the largest migration of mammals on land!
- Zebras participate in the migration too; although their numbers are very low when compared to the wildebeests
- The calves of wildebeests can start running about two minutes after their birth! This means they’re not as vulnerable to predators as one would think.
- The wildebeests and zebras eat over 4 million kilograms of grass every day!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and witness the Great Migration of Serengeti for yourself!