The Great Annual Migration
Each year 1.5million wildebeest, zebra, other antelope and their young leave the vast plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti and head north to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of food and water. The result is one of the most iconic and spectacular wildlife events on the planet.
The migration in Kenya:
July - October
The herds move north from Tanzania to amass in Kenya’s stunning Masai Mara, first crossing the wide, crocodile-filled Mara River. The sight of the mega-herds grazing on the lush plains is truly awe-inspiring, and their presence also attracts large numbers of Africa’s predators.
- The sheer volume of wildlife on the Mara plains gives travellers an excellent chance to spot some of Africa’s most incredible animals. For a truly iconic wildlife sight watch the herds tackle the Mara River in July and August.
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The migration in Tanzania:
December – March
Huge herds of wildebeest return to Tanzania and in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater gather to take advantage of the lush grasslands. This is also calving season and most wildebeest calves are born over a 3 week period, usually at the beginning of February.
- The massed herds and thousands of young calves draw in huge numbers of predators and make this a great time to spot some of Africa’s top predators in Tanzania – lions, cheetahs, hyenas and maybe a leopard if you're lucky!
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Responsible safari tips:
• Travel with a local guide and learn from their knowledge of the area and its wildlife.
• Stay in lodges or campsites owned and run by local communities, where profits directly benefit local community initiatives
• Ensure you use a responsible safari operator- one which respects and protects the animals and environments you will be visiting