The great wildebeest migration is one of the most magnificent natural wonders of the world. It is a great tourist magnet and attracts thousands of tourists who want to witness this mighty mass terrestrial wildlife movement every year.
Keep reading to find out more about the Migration Safari in Maasai Mara!
Preparing to Move
The herds are usually preparing in smaller groups to begin their annual migration from Serengeti to Maasai Mara. Although the migration is a continuous movement of the wildebeests and doesn’t stop, the herds to take some time in each region before moving onto the next one. In January, the herds slowly start moving from the north-eastern region towards the southern part of Serengeti.
Wildebeest at Serengeti National Park, Image Source: GorillasUgandaSafaris.Com
Baby Wildebeests Joining the Migration
At the end of January, and throughout February, you will witness hundreds of wildebeests giving birth. There may be moments where you will be compelled to shed some tears, as the hungry predators are on their hunt for a weak female wildebeest and its baby. The predators are seen having their best meals during this season.
Baby Wildebeest with its Mother, Image Source: AsiliaAfrica.Com
The Breeding Season
The calving and breeding season almost coincide. Starting in February and lasting till April, the male wildebeests compete for their rights to mate with the receptive females. It is a sight worth seeing, as many wildebeests battle to impress prospective mates.
Wildebeest Fighting, Image Source: Miro.Medium.Com
The months of April and May are the perfect time to watch the wildebeest migration in greater herds. Grazing on greener pastures in Serengeti has made the calves strong enough to stand and move with the herds. Smaller groups of wildebeests slowly join together to form iconic larger herds that are incredibly photogenic and truly magnificent.
It is also an ideal time to watch the migration as many predators, such as the big cats, hyenas, wild dogs, and other predators, long to have their chance to attack the wildebeest. You may witness the circle of life played out as live-action drama here!
Wildebeest Marching, Image Source: OrongaiAfricaSafari.Com
The Iconic River Crossing
As the weather dries out, the wildebeests are now headed towards the Grumeti River. It is by far the most dramatic part of the migration because of the hungry crocs waiting patiently for their meals to arrive at their doorstep. Keep your cameras and eyes ready to spot life and death battles between the two parties as they try to get to the Maasai Mara. You can witness this from June to early August.
Crocodile Attacking Wildebeest, Image Source: Pinimg.Com
Reaching Maasai Mara
After the treacherous river crossing, the herds have finally reached the plains of Maasai Mara. August is generally considered the ideal time to witness the migration as they cross the river to reach the greener pastures. Plan your trip from August to October to see the herds in full swing in Maasai Mara. Here you can enjoy off-road game viewing, night drives, and walking safaris.
Wildebeest at Maasai Mara, Image Source: Blog.Goway.Com
Preparing to Move Back
Preparing to leave the Maasai Mara, the herds divide into smaller groups. As the plains experience plenty of rains, the herds graze merrily on the freshly grown grass and continue their journey back to Serengeti.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Maasai Mara to witness this magnificent migration! Don’t forget to check out these 8 Things to Know Before you Visit Maasai Mara.