Taking place in the biggest game reserve in Africa, wildebeest migration is a sight to behold. Most of those who have witnessed it end up being repeat guests to the park. There is a huge wildlife concentration in Masai Mara which is located in Kenya to a point that it’s one of few parks where you can see the big five in one park.
This is where wildebeest migration takes place. This large animal movement involves this park and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
What Makes the Migration Magnificent?
Everything about this animal movement makes it magnificent. The migration is not about hundreds of wildebeest. It involves millions of wildebeest and over one million zebras, making it massive. As they cross the famous Mara River, crocodiles and hippopotamuses await them and the unlucky ones do not make it to the other side or the river.
Some die along the way while others make it to the destination. Big cats are not left behind as this is their chance to make some easy meals.
What Leads to this Great Migration?
Just like humans, these animals look for greener pastures. The migration starts in September through to October when in the Serengeti National Park and especially in the Ngorongoro plains the grass is greener. Here they will feed on richer grass unlike in the Masai Mara where it is already drying out. As they spend months here, hundreds of calves are born and some will not make it back to the Mara.
The migration is a cycle that never ends since when the grass in Serengeti National Park starts to dry out due to lack of rains, the grass in Masai Mara is greener and fresh. The wildebeest and zebras start their journey back and again some will make it while others will not. They will feed on the grass until September comes.
When planning to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve, this is the best time to do so. The scene is spectacular as you watch the animals fight for a chance to cross the river and head to the Serengeti National Park. This scene is quite spectacular to a point that it was considered as the eighth wonder of the world. The animals are in danger of prey and drowning in the river if the currents are strong.