The Great Migration
The annual migration of millions of Wildebeest, Zebra, and other Antelope in East Africa tops the list of Safari experiences. Each year the estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and 300,000 Zebra start the long trek North from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara.
The most spectacular sight of the migration is when the herds gather and cross rivers. As the herds cross, crocodiles lay waiting for a hearty meal and pick of some of the weak animals that have difficulty dealing with the strong currents. The large herds also attract Africa’s most impressive predators. Lions, Leopard, Wild Dog, and Hyena often follow the herds, increasing your chance to see a kill in action.
The herds begin to form in late March near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, slowly moving West and North. The herds cross into the Mara Triangle, Kenya in late July or early August. They slowly move to the East across the Masai Mara National Reserve, before turning towards the South and crossing back into the Serengeti in early October. By February the animals have returned to Ngorongoro for calving season.