When is the best time to see the Tanzania wildebeest migration?
When is the best time to see the Tanzania wildebeest migration? Wildebeest is one of the interesting that provides one of the best and outstanding experiences with the visitors, especially those who are enthusiasts about the wild animals. The great wildebeest migration is an acicular world movement of animals through the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. The movement starts with the millions of the wildebeest animals that are later joined by their counterparts in form of zebras, gazelles as they move to look for the greener pastures and water. As the wildebeest are moving, they face a lot of hardships as they have to dodge some of the dangerous predators such as the lions, leopards, hyenas, and then the crocodiles that are always waiting for them.
At times some of the wild animals in the movement end up losing their lives but life has to continue with other animals advancing forwards. The wildebeest migration involves the large movement of the animals. Over 1.2 million wildebeest and more than three hundred zebra, as well as topi and other gazelle, migrate in a predictable cycle through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in search of nourishing grass and water. Every wildebeest will cross 800 to 1,000 kilometers on its one-of-a-kind journey via age-old migration routes, guided by its endurance instinct. Hungry hunters like lions, panthers, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs and crocs guarantee that the most grounded make due in what is dubbed “the best spectacle on Earth.
The wildebeest migration starts far in the Ngorongoro Conservation area and continues through the center of the Serengeti national park and then cross to the Masai Mara in Kenya and then the cycle repeat again. I can say that each month of the year there is something near and unique that happens regarding the wildebeest migration
In case you are a visitor and you intend to visit the Serengeti National Park in particular to see the wildebeest migration, you need to plan accordingly and make sure that you don’t miss this great opportunity to see these animals moving. Therefore the decision making on when to visit Tanzania and Serengeti National Park for the wildebeest migration is very important and at the time it involves as well taking the risk because the movement at times becomes so much unpredictable.
The great wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park takes place annually and it involves millions of the wildebeest and the zebras including the eland and the gazelles start their movement in Serengeti national park and move up to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Serengeti migration follows a somewhat predictable annual cycle, determined by local rainfall patterns, despite fluctuations from year to year. The Great Migration cycle is divided into four phases and it is these phases that you should capitalize on when to see the wild beet in Serengeti National Park
Firstly, December to April represent the best time for the calving of the wildebeest especially within the Seronera which is found in the southeastern side of the Serengeti National Park. Typical Serengeti fields stretch to the Ndutu region near Ngorongoro. The short rains in November and December kick-start their move to this region. The wildebeest congregate in this area until the long rains end in late April or early May. The fantastic news is that this section of Serengeti National Park is effectively open, and the scenery gets opulent at this time. The calving season in the Ndutu region and the southeastern fields is usually around February, making this the optimum time to visit. Because there are so many wildebeest, zebra, and other ungulates, and they give birth to so many calves, the show serves as a magnet for hunters. By March or April, the crowds may have dispersed in search of greener pastures. Observing actual relocations during this time is more difficult, although there’s a strong chance you’ll see really large groups moving.
Part of the wildebeest animals can also be easily seen in the May to July and this is the time when the animals have finished grazing and eating all the green grass present on the southeastern Serengeti National Park and this after they have given bird and the claves are growing when they start getting ready to trek for more than 800 kilometers. The true start date could be any time between late April and early June. This is your chance to experience one of the world’s most amazing natural phenomena: over one million walking creatures in a 40-kilometer-long segment. The group will advance towards the Western Corridor during the relocation, where they will face the most major obstacle: crossing the Grumeti River. The group will advance towards the Western Corridor during the relocation, where they will face the most major obstacle: crossing the Grumeti River. Many animals don’t make it across the intersection because the area’s population of larger-than-normal crocodiles is waiting to eat them. The throng may congregate on the stream’s southern bank for up to fourteen days before the waterway’s intersection.
During October to November, this represents the best time for the visitors to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara River and at one point the herd of the wildebeest will have to cross the river and trek back to the southern part of the Serengeti National Park and this means that the Mara river will be crossed twice. This usually happens in October, but it might happen any time before that. The group will travel via the northern fields and the Lobo region during this time. This section of Serengeti National Park is much unfrequented, so if you want to watch the relocation in peace, now is the time. In late November, the wildebeest return to the short-grass plains and calving grounds around Ndutu. The Great Migration begins again from the beginning from this point.
Now, When is the best time to see the Tanzania wildebeest migration? It will depend on your choice and when you wish to travel to Serengeti National Park to see the wildebeest migration. Remember that the park is visited all the time of the year since the vast area of the Serengeti National Park is covered with animals which can be seen during the game drive safaris. The chances of being at the exact point where the Great Migration crowd crosses a waterway (either the Grumeti or Mara River) are quite slim. Similarly, the situation of crowd developments cannot be guaranteed. However, if you choose the right part of the Serengeti: the southeast and Ndutu from December to May, the Western Corridor from May to July, the Serengeti Mara region from July to October, and the northern Serengeti and Lobo region from October to November, you should be able to see large crowds of wildebeest and their escort. Please make sure that you visit the Serengeti National Park and stand a chance to see the wonderful wildlife species as well as the great animal movement in the whole world.