The Great Migration - Serengeti to Maasai Mara and Back
Wildebeest during Migration - Photo Courtesy Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
Maasai Mara and Serengeti are contiguous wildlife areas in Kenya and Tanzania respectively, globally renowned for its Wildlife experience and being home to a large number of Lions, Cheetah and wide ranging other animals. from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.
Migration cycle begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti during Jan-March when there is ample grazing available. This is when the calving season begins and this is the time when quarter of a million Zebras and over a million wildebeest graze and raise Calves.
As the rains end in May the animals start moving north west and arrive at Maasai Mara in 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 kilometres is traveled during this period. Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion or with many predators (Crocodiles, Lions, Cheetahs etc) feasting on the migration.
For any traveler Migration is an experience to behold. Its next to impossible to witness such a spectacle with such large numbers of Zebras and Wildebeest moving in a particular direction with predators all around them in an annual Journey of Survival.