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Wildebeest Migration

Each year around the same time the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. This migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. It lasts from approximately January to March, when the calving season begins – a time when there is plenty of rain ripened grass available for the 750,000 zebra that precede 1.2 million wildebeest and the following hundreds of thousands of other plains game.

As the rains end in May the animals start moving North West, into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June. July sees the main migration of wildebeest, zebra and eland heading north, arriving on the Kenyan border late July / August for the remainder of the dry season. In early November with the start of the short rains the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the south east, usually arriving in December in plenty of time for calving in February. Some 250,000 wildebeest die during the journey from Tanzania to Maasai Mara Reserve in lower Kenya, a total of 800 kilometers. Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, or by predators.

There is something very special about seeing the world awaken and, few places can put on a sunrise show like Kenya. The Maasai Mara – amazing! Again you get to see beautiful herds of hoofed animals. Staying in the world-famous Masai Mara, experience superb wildlife viewing the Big cat (Lion, cheetahs and leopards). Venture off the beaten track to search out elephants, hippos, as well as the fascinating culture of the Maasai tribes people.