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24 Nov 2012

Best of safari times; The great tanzania- kenya migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration of Masai Mara (Picture Credit: Basecamp Explorer)
The Great Wildebeest Migration of Masai Mara (Picture Credit: Basecamp Explorer)

What causes the migration?
Each year,In hopes of rain and fresh, nutritious grass, thousands of animals together in an unbelievable  massive herd, make their way through long and perilous 500km round, migration between the open savannahs of Kenya’s Masai Mara and the adjoining plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti. These migratory herds spend much of the year grazing throughout the plains of the Serengeti; although they are constantly driven by their search for fresh pastures. 

When does the Kenya migration take place?
This search for good grazing, leads the animals north from the Serengeti in July and August, arriving in Kenya in the Masai Mara during the months of September and October and merging with the already large resident populations on the Mara plains. However,the herd begin to make their journey trek back to the Serengeti beginning sometime in the month of November and then, December, where the cycle will start all over again next year. This migration is driven by a range of unpredictable factors, in particular climatic conditions and as such it is quite difficult to pinpoint  in the exact, the time when the great journey will begin, as the animals simply follow the rains as the seasons change.   
What makes the migration so special
Definitely,  Masai Mara is one of Africa’s best year-round wildlife destinations, the ultimate safari experience and certainly one of the most spectacular sights to be seen, is the perilous crossing of the Mara River which takes place during the migration. This spectacle involves uncountable crowds of animals which congregate together on the banks of the Mara River. As pressure builds, the herds begin to pour into the river, often hurling themselves off high banks. During the panicked and hazardous crossing, which happens at exactly the same place each year, you may even glimpse crocodiles, the largest to be found in East Africa, snapping at the endless lines of the wildebeests.

With an increased number of inhabitants on the plains after the migration, over a million additional wildebeest and hundreds of thousands more zebra and Thomson’s gazelle, it is a truly remarkable experience to be in the reserve at these times. With the larger herds come some of Africa’s many predators keen to take advantage of the opportunity for easy hunting, most notably lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs, and an even greater chance of seeing a kill in action.

How can I view the Masai Mara Migration?
For many people timing a Masai Mara safari to coincide with the migration seems a great goal, and if you are hoping to witness this amazing experience, then you must  look for a local guide and find out the best time which should also suit your personal schedule. But never miss this spectacular experience for anything in this world, because this is the ultimate experience which makes Masai Mara reserve on of the most sort after safari destinations.

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