Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya
Wildebeest migration which is commonly referred to by us WONDER OF THE WORLD. The great involves migration of close to 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, antelope and other species of animal.
When does Wildebeest Migration Happen?
Wildebeest migration happens in Kenya between July and October. This is the period when wildebeest migrate from Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) to Masai Mara Game Reserve (Kenya), in search of green pasture.
Why does Wildebeest Migration Happen?
The wildebeest migration happens as the animals are desperately looking from green pasture. The grazing animals take a four-month (July and October)-long trek towards the Mara River. In desperate need of water to drink and grass to graze, the countless herds need to cross the river to reach the lush, green grasslands in Maasai Mara. The great wonder of the world happens at the mass crossing of the swollen Mara River. Depending on rainfall amount during the migration, the chosen crossing place is usually shallow enough to allow the most of the herd to cross safely. However, most of the river is deep and fast flowing, with steep banks on either side. Many weaker zebras and wildebeests are swept away by the strong current of the river or are trampled by the stampede of the other wildebeest as they swim. Hundreds of animals die during the crossing. The close-following predators are always in for a treat at this time of year.
Which are the notorious predators during wildebeest migration?
Among the notorious predators during wildebeest migration are the Nile crocodile and the lions. The lion and the Nile crocodile. Lions mostly do their predating in the plains, which is shrouded with the thick grass, which camouflages the lion. This provides the best hiding spots to attack the unsuspecting zebras and wildebeests. The Nile crocodiles are the deadliest predators during the migration. Their attack happens at the peak of Mara Migration when the animals are crossing the Mara River. The Nile Crocodiles of Mara River kill by are drowning. When it spots a potential victim, it clutches the prey in its strong jaws and pulls it beneath the water surface. In the process, it ferociously twists and turns its head. This shreds its prey into pieces and suffocates the life out of it. During the climax of migration vulture circles the air and hyena laugh in the shadows, which is an indication of the numbers of wildebeest and zebras that have fallen under the jaws of the lions.
Which is the best place to view migration?
The best place to view the wildebeest migration is at one of Kenya’s strategically placed safari lodges, including the luxurious Governors’ Il Moran Tented Safari Camp in the Masai Mara. Other exotic neighboring camps that offer an excellent view of the migration include Keekorok Lodge, Governor’s Main Camp, Little Governors’ Camp, eco-friendly Ilkeliani Luxury Tented Camp, Bataluer Camp, and Mara Springs Safari Camp. Some Tanzanian lodges that also offer a great view of the wildebeest crossing during this time include Kirawira Tented Camp, Migration Camp, Moru Camp and Grumeti River Camp. To secure your spot on the best tour during wildebeests migration contact us online