GoExplore safaris A Complete Guide to the 2019 Great Wildebeest Migration Event

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As everyone who has at least had a chance to witness this event, it’s always assayed as one of the earth's greatest remarkable natural events - annually over a two million wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate clockwise around the Mighty Serengeti plains to Masai Mara biome, taking in two different countries and making time for birthing, inciting and copulating on the way.

Based on historical statistics, this guide is not infallible (changing rainfall patterns make predicting the Migration an inexact science) but it will give you an idea of where the herds are likely to be.

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However, the anxiety with the Wildebeest Migration is that if you get your timing wrong, you will end up gazing out over a wildebeest-less savannah and wondering where all the animals went. You need to work out where to go and when and Our GoExplore Safari Specialists work hand in Hand with Our Safari Guides who track these wondering wildebeests.

JANUARY: The herds are in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, moving south from the north-east region and into the southern Serengeti National Park, Ndutu area and Ngorongoro Conservation area - which often means out of the confines of the (unfenced) national park itself. It is calving season - prepare yourself for lots of wobbly babies... and lots of heartbreak as predators swoop in.

FEBRUARY: The good grazing of the Southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation areas means that the herds remain in the far south.

MARCH: They are still in the south but the grasses have all been munched up, the last calves born and the herds are starting to gather in preparation for the next leg.

APRIL: Make sure you are on the southern Serengeti plains - the wildebeest begin their northward journey, and many have left already and are in the central and even western Serengeti.

Where to stay: Our GoExplore Safaris Travel specialists know well the best places to stay at while witnessing the great migration, Serengeti Under Canvas and Olakira Camp are mobile tented camps that follow the Wildebeest Migration across the Serengeti plains.

MAY: Wagons roll! The massed herds are on the go, huge columns of up to 40km in length can be seen as the wildebeest funnel up into the central and western Serengeti.

JUNE: They head for the central and western Serengeti - the herds are there and getting ready for the toughest part of their odyssey.

JULY: Book early - it is the Big Event: river crossings. The herds have reached the western Serengeti and Grumeti Reserves and are peering closely at the brown waters of the rivers they have to cross. Why? Because there are Huge Nile crocodiles, that is why.

AUGUST: The survivors celebrate by feasting in the northern Serengeti and begin crossing back into Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. You need a passport to cross, and of course, the great wildebeest are exempt from visa fees and passport-free.

Where to stay: Serengeti Migration Camp is centrally located for all the action; on the Masai Mara side, Governors' Il Moran and Rekero Camp are both excellent options.

SEPTEMBER: The herds break up into smaller groups - about half of the animals remain in the northern Serengeti, the rest are bartering into stories in the Masai Mara Game reserve asking themselves ('Did you hear that Jane didn't make it across the Grumeti?') pretty sure now as you are reading this you are wondering if they really talk like people.

OCTOBER: Your top stake is the Masai Mara but abides in mind that it is a far smaller reserve than the Serengeti and there may be a big crowd. The conservancies in the Mara are much less crowded and, not only will you still be able to witness the Wildebeest Migration, but you will also be benefitting the Maasai communities who have lived there for thousands of years.

NOVEMBER: The short rains have commenced, thrusting the wildebeest to leave the now bared grasslands of the Masai Mara and back into the refreshed grasslands of the Serengeti national park.

DECEMBER: Fresh grazing sees the wildebeest bundled in the north-eastern Serengeti near Lobo in specific, as well as the southern Serengeti. Calving begins again, the predators move in again, and the cycle of life begins all over again.

Where to stay: At GoExplore Safaris we fully craft your safari to best suite your interest while on your trip to witness the migration, Our Travel Specialists know best places for overnights while on safari the Masai Mara, Bateleur Camp or Sala's Camp; if you've followed the herds back into the Serengeti, mobile Serengeti Safari Camp will put you in the right place at the right time.

With this Kind of itinerary, GoExplore Safaris a boutique Luxury Safari company specializing in customizing great journeys for travellers intending to Visit Africa, Our Journeys can be combined with a touch of Primate Expeditions in both Uganda and Rwanda where you can witness the great migration in Kenya and Tanzania and then combine a gorilla and chimpanzee tracking extension in Rwanda and Uganda and our Travel specialists are always happy to assist you to customize the best experience for your travel around Africa. Please visit www.goexploresafaris.co.uk for more information.


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