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July - August Wildebeest Migration


Wildebeest Migration - The Migration Made Simple

Wildebeest location updates (see below) and a month by month guide to lodges and camps giving you the best opportunity to witness the east Africa’s wildebeest migration.

The endless plains of east Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle - the 1.5 million animal ungulate (wildebeest) migration. From the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne colored hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.

There is no real beginning or end to a wildebeest's journey. Its life is an endless pilgrimage, a constant search for food and water. The only beginning is at the moment of birth. An estimated 400,000 wildebeest calves are born during a six week period early each year - usually between late January and mid-March.
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  • 1. C o m m e r c e H o u s e , 3 r d F lr. , R m 3 1 1 - M o i A v e n u e E m a il: in f o @ e y e s o n n a tu r e e x p e d it io n s . c o mP .O . B o x 7 9 4 5 6 - 0 0 2 0 0 , N a ir o b i - K e n y a s a le s @ e y e s o n n a tu r e e x p e d it io n s . c o mT e le fa x : + 2 5 4 -2 0 - 2 2 2 9 7 8 1 b o o k in g @ e y e s o n n a t u r e e x p e d itio n s . c o mC e ll: + 2 5 4 7 2 4 2 9 4 6 0 8 / 7 3 4 9 3 9 3 0 8 W e b s i te : w w w . e y e s o n n a u r e e x p e d it io n s . c o mJuly - August Wildebeest MigrationWildebeest Migration - The Migration Made SimpleWildebeest location updates (see below) and a month by month guide to lodges andcamps giving you the best opportunity to witness the east Africa’s wildebeest migration.The endless plains of east Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle- the 1.5 million animal ungulate (wildebeest) migration. From the vast Serengeti plainsto the champagne colored hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara over 1.4 million wildebeest and200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in aclockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.There is no real beginning or end to a wildebeests journey. Its life is an endlesspilgrimage, a constant search for food and water. The only beginning is at the moment ofbirth. An estimated 400,000 wildebeest calves are born during a six week period earlyeach year - usually between late January and mid-March.As of September 1, 2008: The Wildebeest herds are currently in the northern areas ofTanzanias Serengeti National Park and in Kenyas Masai Mara Reserve. Wildebeest havebeen crossing the Mara River daily. Guests staying at the Governors Camps in the Maraand at Migration Camp in the Serengeti have been seeing hundreds of thousands ofwildebeest and zebra daily.As of November 1, 2008: October continued a trend of cool mornings and warm days inKenyas Masai Mara. The migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra have grazed the Maragrasses right down. The northern and central areas of the Serengeti have received somevery heavy rain showers and the herds have followed their noses in search of lush, greengrass. The end of the month was marked by large river crossings as wildebeest and zebraleft the Mara on their long trek down south. The herds now stretch from Lobo through theTagora plains area to central Seronera area and down to Naabi Hill. It is common toreceive patches of wet weather in the Serengeti towards the end of the dry season (inOctober), so the rain may just be this and not an early onset of the short rains. If this isthe case, it will dry out rapidly and the wildebeest will head back north until they feel the
  • 2. real rains start.As of January 1, 2009: The mega-herd spent the holidays on the Ndutu plains however,due to lack of rain, have traveled north and west to the longer grass plains around Kusiniand Naabi Hill on the border between the Serengeti National Park and the NgorongoroConservation Area. When the rains return the nutrient rich short grass will green uprapidly and the herds will return southeast to the Ngorongoro Conservation area forcalving.As of March 1, 2009: As of late February, the lack of good rains has forced themigration to move towards the Maswa Game Reserve border. With the coming of thelong rains we expect the herds to return to the Ndutu area and complete calving.As of May 1, 2009: As of late April, heavy rains have returned to the Serengeti and thewildebeest have made their way back to the Ndutu, Gol and southern Loliondo. TheMasai have been watering their cattle in this area and it is hoped that the widespread rainswill allow the Masai to return to their more permanent homesteads allowing the wildlifeto fully relax.As of July 1, 2009: As of early July our friends at Nomad report that the bulk of themigration is still in Tanzania - along the western corridor / Musabi areas all the way toGrumeti. Large groups of wildebeest are also up in Lobo area. We would expect theherds to remain spread out until it dries out further (there is still a good amount of greengrass and reliable water for the wildebeest and zebras).As of August 1, 2009: The wildebeest have entered the Mara! The northern Serengetinational park personnel have reliably informed us that the migrating herds have taken twowings – one heading north from Grumeti area to the west, while an eastern wing is theone now moving into the Mara.As of October 1, 2009: The wildebeest are scattered throughout Tanzanias westerncorridor, northern Serengeti and Kenyas Masai Mara. Travelers in both Kenya andTanzania have been witnessing wildebeest crossing the Mara River!As of January 1, 2010: The wildebeest have moved from the central Serengeti and arenow concentrated in the Ndutu area. They are feeding on the new grass in preparation forcalving.As of June 1, 2010: As the mega-herd gradually makes its way north towards Lobo,other wildebeest are favoring the route towards Ikoma, while zebra in their hundreds arestill grazing the Seronera plains. Soon the herds will gather for the highly-anticipatedGrumeti CrossingAs of July 1, 2010: The lesser known Loita migration (originating from the Loita plains,east of the Masai Mara) consisting of 30,000 animals arrived in the Mara in early June.The Serengeti migration arrived in the Mara earlier than normal - mid June.
  • 3. As of September 1, 2010: As of early August some wildebeest were still to be seen inthe northern part of the Serengeti and in the southern part of the Masai Mara around theSand River and in the Trans-Mara areas. With the Masai Mara having some decent rainand the Serengeti remaining mostly dry, the Wildebeest Migration ventured north togreener pastures. By early September an estimated 200,000 wildebeest crossed over theto the Kleins area east of the Serengeti however the bulk of the mega-herd remains in theMara Triangle.As of November 1, 2010: The wildebeest are back in the Serengeti and are movingsouth. They can be seen around Lobo in the Serengeti. There are still some herds in theMasai Mara as well.As of January 1, 2011: In early December the wildebeest were in the central Serengetiand rains around Ndutu have the herds moving rapidly to that area.The Migratory Path (see chart below)December, January, Feburary, March: The Serengeti National Park / NgorongoroConservation Area is arguably the most impressive wildlife sanctuary in the world.
  • 4. During the months December through March the seemingly unending plains of thesouthern Serengeti and the Conservation Area are inhabited by enormous herds ofwildebeest and zebra. The great herds graze on rain ripened grass. We feel this is the besttime to visit the Serengeti.In the calving season (late January through mid March when over 80% of the wildebeestgive birth over a period of a few weeks) the herds concentrate at the Ndutu and Saleiplains (Southern Serengeti / Ngorongoro Conservation Area) attracting the attention ofpredators like lion, cheetah and hyena.During this period the migration is best observed from a luxury mobile camp in theNdutu / Naabi area or from Ndutu Safari Lodge.April, May: During the months April and May the depleted plains are unable to sustainthe endless herds. The migration, sweeping west and north, moves from the short grassplains of the southern Serengeti / Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the long grass plainsand woodland of the Serengeti’s western Corridor, almost to Lake Victoria.This period is during the long rains and is considered off season for wildlife viewing ineast Africa as roads are often impassable. Ndutu Safari Lodge, Kusini Camp and theSerengeti Serena Lodge are fine for wildlife viewing during this time. So are campsites inthe Ndutu/Naabi area.June: By the end of May the wildebeest have exhausted the Western Corridor’s bestpastures and the herds must move further north. Entering the Lamai Wedge and the MaraTriangle breeding occurs May through June.This is a transitional period between the rains and the dry season. Faru Faru River Lodge,Sasakwa Hill Lodge, Sabora Plains Tented Camp, Grumeti River Camp, MigrationCamp, and Kirawira Camp are good options for viewing the migration at this time.Seronera and Moru area campsites are best.July, August, September, October: By July the countless herds have amassed along theswollen Mara River - a final barrier from the short sweet grasses of the Masai Mara.Sometimes the crossing place they have chosen is shallow allowing the majority ofanimals to pass safely. In other areas the waters boil with drowning wildebeest andslashing crocodiles. Please note that the vast majority of travelers do not witness thewildebeest crossing of the Mara as the timing and duration varies widely each year - inyears of little rain very few wildebeest cross the Mara River into Kenya.Between July and October the wildebeest reside in the northern Serengeti and MasaiMara. As the Mara is terribly crowded we recommend northern Serengeti properties suchas Sayari, Bushtops, Migration Camp, or a mobile camp in the Kogatende area. Theseproperties offer the chance to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara River in a pristineenvironment.
  • 5. November: The arrival of the short rains call the migration southward. During the shortrains of November the wildebeest migration is best viewed from Klein’s Camp.Campsites in the Lobo area are best.As November ends the migration is making its way back to the southern Serengeti andearly in the year they once again give birth. The circle of life is complete.*Note - the migration is a natural event and the timing varies month by month; year byyear.Click here to contact us about this safariWebsite: www.eyesonnatureexpeditions.comEMAIL: info@eyesonnatureexpeditions.comRead more testimonial about usherehttp://www.beouthere.com/travelreviews/view_travel_operators_review.php?toid=18249&rpa=5