The Wildebeest Migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. When there is a safari you should go on, probably this has to be it. Maasai Mara and the Serengeti National Park form what no other reserve in Africa can! Read all about the Masai Mara here.
Many visitors come to Kenya for the Wildebeest Migration and the best time to visit the Masai Mara for this amazing spectacle is between July/early August and the end of November. The the exact timing varies from year to year. Contact Oranje Safari for more information about the wildebeast migration and the best time to visit.
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In the world there is not a single movement of animals as big as the wildebeest migration, more than two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener fields of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July - through to October (contact us for more info)
In the Maasai Mara the migration Crosses the Mara River. Crocodiles wil prey on the animals crossing !. This is one of the highlights of the migration when the animals try to cross the mara River Alive!
For those wildebeest that are injured, it is still doubtful whether they are still alive the next day because they have become an easy prey for others including lions and hyenas.
There is one of the largerst densities of lion in africa in the Maasai Mara. One of the reasons the BBC Wildlife channels Big Cat Diary is recorderd here.
Annually more than 1.4 million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti reserve, in search of fresh grass in the Masai Mara. Not only wildebeest come to the Mara but they are accompanied by large herds of zebras and gazelles.
According to the Masai, the wildebeest are assembled incorrectly by god, a head of a cow, legs of an antelope and the tail of a horse this is why they are called the clowns of the animal kingdom.
The great migration takes place mainly around June / July in the Serengeti and around August / September the millions of wildebeest are drawn to the Mara, totally dependent on unpredictable rainfall in the overall ecosystem. The wildebeest are walking on the open savannas and will graze the new grass in no time off so they are constantly looking for new fresh pastures. They follow the trail of the long rains where the grass germinates quickly in the fall of many waters. It is unclear why the estimated 2 million wildebeest are controlled by a few leaders. A leader who one day decides to leave for the Masai Mara. Other wildebeest follow the leaders.
The months of July to October the wildebeests continue grazing to go back again to the Serengeti in reverse cycles. Throughout the year you can visit the Masai Mara and stay there too see many wildebeests and many other forms of wildlife. The Masai Mara known for its great variety of wildlife making it an attraction for many tourists.