The wildebeest migration is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. It is an annual movement of millions of wildebeests accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras, Thompson’s gazelles, and elands searching for green pastures. Due to the herds’ massive size, the migration stands out from any migratory movements that happen in nature. The migration occurs within the Serengeti ecosystem in a clockwise loop between Kenya and Tanzania. The main destinations include the Masai Mara national park, the loliondo game reserve, the Grumeti reserve Ngorongoro conservation area, and the Serengeti national park.
The Mara River crossing is one of the most famous events of the wildebeest migration, making Masai Mara the most well-known venue for wildebeest migration. During the crossing, this is the best time to plan and have your wildebeest safari in Masai Mara, Kenya. The Mara crossing happens roughly around late July to August as the herds enter Kenya and until November where they return to Tanzania. Favorable climatic conditions during this time make it even a greater time to have a wildebeest migration safari in Kenya. From late July to October is considered the best to travel in Kenya. The rains end in late July, introducing a warm, dry season with no or fewer rains and sunny days with clear skies and green vegetation for tourists to enjoy. During this time, you spot other animals as the bushes are thin and animals are likely to gather around water points. There are also fewer mosquitoes at night, making it even better for a night camp experience during the safari.
This is one of the most requested events as it offers spectacular sights of millions of wildebeest crossing the huge Mara River. The sight brings excitement as you watch masses of animals run through the raging waters as they cross and replaced with fears as crocodiles with their snapping jaws move closer to approach the herds for their hunts, and as the current of the waters rushes through the animals often killing more lives than the preys. The sight continues as you watch younger inexperienced calves get too tired and try to survive the crossing. Still, slowly you see one by one the strong and determined animals cross to the other side as feelings of joy and relief wash over you.
The migration, especially the river Mara crossing, is one of the popular must-see events for any African safari traveler; it’s an amazing scene that can be a life-changing experience that brings tourists closer to nature with intimate sights of life circle on a scale that does not happen anywhere else on earth.