THE GREAT WILDEBEEST MIGRATION.
The great wildebeest migration primarily occurs at famous worldwide known Serengeti plains in northern Tanzania and extend into Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is a spectacular event that involve giant herds of over two million wildebeest, gazelles and zebras moving though the Serengeti plains and Maasai Mara ecosystem searching for green pastures in a regular pattern.
The exact timing of the wildebeest migration is always dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year where the wildebeest follow the green pasture hence it gives us a good idea of where the wildebeest should be at any given time of the year.
The search for green pastures isn’t always easy for the wildebeest, zebras and gazelles as they are always accompanied with the hungry preys like lions, leopard, cheetahs and the Nile crocodiles.
The overview of the wildebeest migration.
· December-March the wildebeest migration can be spotted on the southern area of Serengeti more specifically in Ndutu area as it is a calving season. In February it the only time of the year when you are almost guaranteed to see the wildebeest all together calving.
· April –June the migration is always in between locations, due to long rainy season from April to May the wildebeest are more dispersed due to enough greener pastures.
· July – October it is considered by many the most desirable time to see the migration for the wildebeest are in the northern Serengeti plains crossing the Mara River.
· November- the short rains begins in early November and in the late November the migration heard back to Ndutu plains were the pastures are green again and the migration cycle starts all over again.
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