The Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya
The Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya happens every year which involves over 1.5 million wildebeests and thousands of Zebras migrating from the southern parts of Serengeti National Park plains and Ngorongoro crater to the southern parts of Masai Mara National Park in Kenya and back to Serengeti National Park. It is named the Great Migration because it is not like other migrations this is unique and hard because it involves a clockwise movement of wildebeests and Zebras spanning an approximate 3000-kilometer journey as they search for fresh grounds and rear their young ones during seasonal changes every year.
The Great Migration normally happens in the dry season forcing the wildebeests and Zebras to move in search of fresh grazing vegetation and water. The Great Migration is an epic safari option recommended for many travelers visiting Kenya and Tanzania this will give you the best African Safari Experience.
Eco Adventure Safaris organizes both budget, mid-range to luxury trips to Kenya and Tanzania to experience the Great Migration, we have our popular trips that you can choose from below that include this experience. We as well consider highly customizing all trips to best match our clients’ needs, please feel free to contact us here and we will customize for you a Great Migration tour that will suit your interest budget and time.
What is the best time to see the Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya?
The best time to see the Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya is during the dry season period that is between the months of July to early October every year. During this period in the southern parts of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, the vegetation is sparse and dry, the waterways are as well dry this forces the wildebeests and Zebras to migrate to the northern plains that is the southern part of Masai Mara National Park to search for fresh vegetation and water.
During the Migration the wildebeests and Zebras rear their young ones, this is not simple given the fact it is more of 3000 miles journey which is tiresome making it a life and death migration, many die due to exhaustion giving a chance to other carnivore animals to ease their search for food like Hyenas, Cheetahs, and Lions. Of the above dry months, August and September are the best months to see the Great Migration given the fact this is a good time as well to experience the river crossing during the migration, late October the rains will resume in Tanzania and the herds will start their journey back to southern parts of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater grassland plain areas.