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Wildebeest Migration & Crossings

Wildebeest Migration Safaris

A yearly event, that never stops or ends, The Wildebeest Migration was recorded as the 7th wonder of the world. Traversing the major plains of Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya, wildebeests migrate in millions, in the company of zebras, topis, antelopes, and other wildlife species. Their movement attracts big cats’ attention as they are easy prey to them. Migratory scavengers too follow their trail to feed on dead wildebeests. 

It’s allegedly known that wildebeest migration starts from South Serengeti to North Serengeti and later into Masai Mara before they turn back to South of Serengeti. They migrate close to 1000km looking for greener pastures. Wildebeests migrate to complete their biological cycle of mating and calving. Wildebeest mate in Masai Mara and give birth in South Serengeti, or the Ndutu Conservation Area bordering Ngorongoro and Serengeti. 

The most interesting events happen as they cross over the major river tributaries of the Mara River. The crocodile-infested rivers stage a unique phenomenal event where wildebeests jump over high river bank cliffs to cross them. Thousand die as they try to cross these rivers. 

Our experts have listed some of the best safaris to Kenya and Tanzania for Wildebeest Migration sightings. You can book a 21 days exclusive wildebeest safari, or our popular 12 days Kenya and Tanzania combined safari purposely visiting the Serengeti and Masai mara for the wildebeest migration and crossings. You can combine a wildebeest migration safari by visiting other wildlife destinations such as Samburu Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater, Amboseli N. Park among others.

best months for wildebeest migration

Jan to march

Calving and birthing season

The wildebeest migration is known to start in Jan all the way to Jan every year. During this period, a lot of events unfold and so much happens within the migratory routes and wildebeests’ lives. From January to March, it’s known to be the start of life, when almost 8000 wildebeests are born and a lot of scenes are witnessed during this time of the birth season. Wildebeest calving season happens in South of Serengeti National Park, and in Ndutu Conservation Area. During February, that’s when a lot of births are seen. This is the best time to spot wildebeest calving and a lot of big cats hunting in the Ndutu Conservation Area. Our Jan to April Safaris ensures you get the whole event and create amazing memories here.

April to June

migration and following the rain

From April to June, the wildebeests navigate between Serengeti South and Serengeti North. They move through Seronera, Central Serengeti, and the Grumeti region all within the Serengeti National Park. The rain pattern is so definite as they are aware of when next it falls, and hence they move so fast in order to catch the early sprouting grass. After leaving Ndutu, during the long rains of Feb to April, the next fall will be June and July. This brings in the best season for the crossings in July all the way to October. As the wildebeest move towards the north, we are busy planning and scheduling your safari so as not to miss the best part of the whole event.

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July to October

Crossings witnessed in Mara and Serengeti

This season falls in the peak season when the rainy season starts in June and extends to July. As the month of August kicks in, the grasses are green and the plains are lush, colorful, and attractive. Wildlife are vibrant, and so are the wildebeests as they enter the Northern region of Serengeti and Masai Mara National Reserve. This is the best season to witness the great wildebeest crossings over the greater mara rivers. The events are so aggressive making the whole scene just remarkable and a lifetime memory. During your safaris with us, you will Witness wildebeest jump over the high cliffs of Mara rivers both in Kenya and Tanzania. Wildebeest do mate a lot this season in Masai mara and later on Jan and Feb, they give birth. 

November to December

heard head off back to s. serengeti

After a busy and dangerous maneuver in these infested ecosystems, wildebeest now starts to move down south to Serengeti North and later down to South Serengeti.

facts about wildebeest migration & Crossings

Wildebeest Migration is an annual event that happens year in year out, from January of every year to December. Its 7th wonder of the year, that is recorded to have a massive wilde animals movement in the world. Incase you are planning a safari to view the wildebeest migration, you will be able to witness this easily. Though you need to know that different events take place during different time during the migration. such as the wildebeest calving in Tanzania, wildebeest crossings in Masai Mara Kenya and Tanzania Serengeti, Wildebeest mating in Masai Mara Kenya.

Wildebeest Crossings are best witnessed during the months of June to October of every year. However, its not guranteed to witness them in either massive groups or less, these all depends with alot of ecosyetem factors such as rainfall and food. However as well, due to biological factors such as mating, calving, wildebeests have to migration across this Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.

Therefore, to wtiness amazing wildebeest crossings in Kenya and Tanzania, plan between June and October, and to be precise, plan between July and August or every year. 

Wildebeest migrate across the greater plains of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, to Masai Mara in Kenya. They are recorded to cover almost 800 to 1,000km per loop. 

The migration is usually active in the Tanzania’s Serengeti for 9 months. It’s most active in Kenya’s Masai Mara for 3 months during August/September/October.

Wildebeest Calving happens in the Months of January to March, but most wildebeest calves births are witnessed in February where almost 8000 wildebeests are boarn daily. 

Wildebeest Calving takes plans in Ndutu Conservation Area, south of Serengeti National Park. While planning a safari, we will help you plan accordingly to witness these episodes of new lives in the Ndutu Area. 

Wildebeest Migration cover different events all through their entire movement. This includes the Wildebeest Calving, Wildebeest Crossings and Wildebeest Matings. Wildebeest Calving are witnessed in Ndutu Conservation Area in Tanzania while the crossings are witnessed in both Kenya and Tanzania, while mating is mostly in Masai Mara Kenya. 

Therefore, each destination has its own unique sighting, and we recommend you take up our Kenya and Tanzania combined safari to ensure you experience both sides. 

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