The African safari expedition offers an overload of sensory ad visual gratification for the inquisitive explorer. For any day tripper saving for a holiday destination, Africa is a recommended eclectic bundle. Packed with adrenaline pumped action, exquisite views of the wild, nations with sundry cultures and lifestyles, the breath-taking savanna, and the incredible wildlife, Africa attracts tourists in pursuit of esoteric passions. Africa is the paradise for wild life and is surely a haven for animal lovers especially those who come to see the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Animal migrations Africa
Most people are thrilled by the great migration of the wildebeests in the Serengeti but to take your mind adrift for a moment, did you know there are other animal migrations in Africa? In the months of June to November, you can feed your prospects with the Southern Right Whale Migration along the South African coast to feed their young.
Zambia also offers the abstruse migration of bats in the Kasanka National Park. The over 10 million fruit bats get fascinated by the fragrance of the fruits which are ripe by the onset of the rains.
Makgadikgadi, Botswana, during the summer rains of the months of December and January, approximately 40,000 zebras drift in a near straight line in search of green pasture.
The wildebeest migration in Luiwa, Zambia. No, this is not the Great Migration but it is a mesmerizing experience to cast sight on the migration of the 40,000 mammals in July in search of greener meadowland.
And now on to the Great Wildebeest Migration of the Serengeti, Tanzania.
The Great Migration
The Serengeti is the nirvana for all animal lovers and is famed across the world for the migration of the wildebeests. The great migration is an annual occurrence in Serengeti, Tanzania and Maasai Mara, Kenya which is unrivalled. This world wonder commences in January in the South of the Serengeti as the turbulent Mara River crossing comes in July and August. It is animal instinct that drive the two million wildebeest in search of emerald pastures in the grasslands of Kenya. The Mara River which divides Tanzania and Kenya is the best place watch the beautiful migration. It is a remarkable view as the mammals dive crushing into the Mara River, the lions lie in wait and the crocodile anticipating the perfect pounce. This however spells a life threatening expedition for the wildebeests as approximately 250,000 of them perish on the trail.
Best time to visit Serengeti
The Serengeti offers a convenient watch of the wildlife throughout the year but different months have varying experiences. The dry season especially June to October is especially preferable as it offers the best view of the wildlife. The Serengeti is surely the paradise of the wildlife migration but the timing changes every year
June to October is the dry season and therefore the best time to view the wildlife. Animals can be viewed clearly as they gather around water catchment areas.
November to May is the wet season and is the perfect time to see the calving of the wildebeests in the South of the Serengeti. In April and May there may be low rates due to fewer tourists. This time also offers a splendid bird watching scenery at this time.
Facts about the great migration
- The Serengeti boasts the oldest eco-system on earth with assorted plants and animals only found in the Serengeti.
- The Great migration involves the migration of approximately two million wildebeests, zebras and a few antelopes.
- Approximately 500,000 wildebeests are born every year between January and March in the Serengeti. In the calving month of February, eight thousand wildebeests are born per day.
- The Great Migration is by far the biggest overland migration on earth and sees animals travel more than 800km in each phase.
- Animal researchers found wildebeests to possess ‘swarm intelligence’ which helps them to be well-ordered and tackle obstructions as a unit.
- Wildebeests and zebra graze harmoniously because they feed on different parts of the same grass.
- The wildebeests have no imprinted leader but they split into smaller herds which surround the leader herds travelling in different directions and cover half of the Serengeti.
- Approximately 250,000 wildebeests die in The Great Migration due to predator attacks, hunger or thirst.
- Crocodiles lie in wait as the herds cross the Mara River and they drown preys by pulling them below he waters. The crocodile also uses the tail as a subordinate weapon
- Over 3000 lions habit across the Serengeti and they follow the migrating wildebeests.