The Wildebeest Migration

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The annual wildebeest migration provides one of the most compelling sights in the natural world.

Although the celebrated Wildebeest Migration circles endlessly through Kenya and Tanzania, it is in the latter’s Serengeti National Park that the very best viewing opportunities are to be found, although Kenya’s Maasai Mara offers very different viewing opportunities of its own, not least the possibility of witnessing the celebrated crossing of the Mara River.

The migration consists of some two million wildebeest, together with hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle, in search of greener pasture and water, occupying a column that can stretch for 40 km or more, and walking 1000 km during each migration. During the calving period some 8000 calves are born each day. And where the migrating game is to be found, so are the predators, as lions, leopards, and – at the river crossings – crocodiles, queue up for the feast of a lifetime.

As the short rains begin in the southern Serengeti in November, the herds generally begin to head south from Kenya’s Maasai Mara, circling south, west and then north throughout the Serengeti until they are drawn back to the new grass in the Mara at the end of September.

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