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The great wildebeest migrationis the best attraction in Serengeti national park

A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 miles) pilgrimage begins again.

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Best Time of wildebeest migration safari in serengeti

The herds arrive in southern part of Serengeti National Park, Ndutu Region just after short rains begins in Late November to December. These beast stays here through January, February and March, grazing fresh grass. In this period Wildebeest calves are born and ready to take part of the ride to the north. In May, slowly they move toward south of Seronera and Moru Kopjes area along with many animals like Zebras and Gazelles, some of herds scattered in Seronera area (Central Serengeti) toward the west in June and July, Crossing of Grumeti River is most likely happening during this period, moving to north through Grumeti reserve and Ikorongo Reserve. Crossing Mara River in September, is an interesting part of the move to Maasai Mara, getting panic and confused, the Wildebeest, spend sometimes in Maasai Mara, depend on rains or suddenly they can change directions, back to Tanzania in October, the Wildebeest by crossing Mara River to east of Serengeti by early of November.

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Great Migration Tours by Season

The Calving and Birding Season In December, you can find the wildebeest herds around Southern Serengeti, particularly in Ndutu area and eventually nearing Masek and Kusini Maswa come March. Expect to see thousands of baby wildebeests being born each day during the calving season between these months. Many adult ungulates become even more protective of their young while predators are at large, hence, predator-prey interaction is almost always guaranteed. Bird watching is also at its best during this time as migratory birds are still present, adding to the already impressive resident avifauna of the Serengeti.

The Green Season April and May are the wettest months of the year in Tanzania but despite the long rains, your safari can still be as remarkable. The scenery is lush and beautiful, and rates become significantly lower. The wildebeest herds start to move towards the central and western regions and by May, most of them can be seen around Western Seronera and Moru Kopjes where more herds of zebras and gazelles join the party. Twitchers and photographers will also love it because while migratory birds start to leave by April, a few new ones arrive.

The Western Corridor Long rains have stopped and dry season is beginning. During this time, the herds congregate around the Western Corridor as they reach the south side of the Grumeti River. The movement starts to slow down as the herds prepare to cross the crocodile-infested river – an obstacle they have to face before the bloodier and more challenging Mara River crossing further north. By July, you can see them around Grumeti Reserve where wildebeests prepare for their mating season.

The Northern Serengeti Fasten your seatbelts as this is the time when you can finally see the dramatic Mara River crossing. The herds undergo the toughest feat of their migration as they cross the international border and fight for survival against predation, drowning, exhaustion and hunger – no wonder why this spectacle of nature is often referred to as the Wild Cup of Wildlife! Survivors then celebrate their survival by feasting on the grasses of Masai Mara in Kenya while those who stayed in Tanzania can be found in the northern areas.

The Masai Mara The last herds crossing the river can be found in Masai Mara National Reserve, one of Kenya’s most sought-after wildlife sanctuaries, while some others start to move back to the southern plains of the Serengeti. By November, most of the herds can be seen in Lobo, Mbuze Mawe and Seronera Valley in Serengeti. European and North African birds also arrive here around November and resident bird species start nesting. As herds start to settle back in the south, calving season eventually begins again and the cycle starts over.