African wildlife migration happens annually in the gorgeous East Africa’s open grasslands, that’s where the great migration takes places where over millions and millions of the wildebeests, thousands of zebras, and again thousands of other animal species including the Thomson’s gazelles, elands, impalas and among other animal species leave Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The migration do happen because the wildebeest and among other animal species leave Tanzania to Kenya to look for fresh pastures and water, as they close the Mara River.
The African wildlife migration along the way from Tanzania while coming to Kenya can be disrupted by the various challenges. That is some can be drown in the Mara River, and others can be consumed by the crocodiles in the river. The ones that cross the river can be waited by the predators including the lions, hyenas, cheetahs as their next meal, where the old, weak and the young wildebeest can be consumed but still the ones that are resilient will cross the river successful and get prevented from the predators.
Not only the African wildlife migration is majorly known as the annual event, but the Great migration is actually a fluid and the continues year-long journey of the animal species migrating through Tanzania and Kenya. But the most attractive and the incredible do take place during the period of July to October that’s when the various tourists on a Kenya safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve witness themselves the nature wonders when the wildebeest do come from Tanzania to Kenya. These cause the dramatic river crossings of the migration, but there are only small part of far more complex chain of events that play out from season to season across Tanzania and Kenya, as these events includes calving, mating rituals, shifting fortunes of the herd and among others.
Best time to see the great migration and where.
Mostly the great migration do happen when these animal species chase the presence of food and water in between the two countries, and the rain patterns have got the ultimate saying in the herds’ plains and the movements, but it’s clearly said that the Great migration typically follow and take a similar path year that begins in Tanzania’s Serengeti and then it ends in the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
During the period from December through March, the herds are mainly found in Serengeti National Park in southern Tanzania. During February the wildebeest always give birth as they can be several in numbers. Serengeti grass can be rich in enough nutrients like potassium, calcium, phosphorus from the volcanic eruptions of two to three years ago.
Then during the month of April the tall grass gets finished, then the herds do trek north across the central and western Serengeti National Park as they are looking for the fresh pastures, and end of April all the grass can be dry and gone so the entire Serengeti National Park its food starts to vanish.
From the months of June to July the herds can be in western Serengeti corridor and push north towards Maasai Mara National Reserve. In July the herds can be found in the northern of Tanzania near Kenya’s border during the period the herds approach to Maasai Mara National Reserve. The large portions of great migration reach in Maasai Mara National Reserve by August when there is a great traffic jam to cross the Mara River, his is the perfect time to watch the great migration.
From October through November then the herds start leaving Maasai Mara National Reserve turning to south again looking for the greener pastures again to Serengeti National Park when Tanzania’s rainy season is starting .