What has traditionally been called the Great Wildebeest Migration has recently been better titled the World Cup of Wildlife because while you will certainly see a lot of wildebeest, you’ll also see hundreds of other animals during this epic event. The Great Wildebeest Migration is an annual event that sees over two million animals migrating from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the lush fields of Maasai Mara in Kenya. The spectacle is epic in nature as there is truly so much wildlife that migrate in the span of a couple months. Generally, the migration occurs between July and October, however the peak times where the most animals are in movement is between August and September.
Great Wildebeest Migration aka World Cup of Wildlife
The migration brings out a spectacle of nature – as roughly 1.7M wildebeest, along with 400,000 gazelle and 300,000 zebra begin the journey. That many animals attracts predators such as hyenas, cheetahs and the largest density of lions who enjoy a feast as the migration occurs. A major highlight of the Great Wildebeest Migration is the point at which they have to cross the Mara River. For hours or even days, the wildebeest wait to form large groups and at a certain point (generally in numbers over 10,000) they will pick a point where to begin the crossing. At this point crocodiles get their opportunity to feast on the creatures as they cross. The circle of life is certainly in full display.
Experiencing the Great Wildebeest Migration is a truly life changing experience, but it is also one of the most highly sought experiences in the world. If you call a company immediately to plan your trip, expect to be book for no sooner than 2017 as it is heavily in demand. Some companies to check out include Governors’ Camp, Singita, Ndutu, and Namiri Plains. You can also check out Expedia for flights and hotels.