Wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve has been named one of the new Seventh Wonder of the World in a poll of experts conducted by ABC Television’s Good Morning America. The incredible annual migration of over a million Wildebeest from the Serengeti Plains to the Mara has been described as being one of the most awe inspiring sights on earth, and a broadcast on US morning television took this spectacle into millions of American homes. Your Kenyan safari will not be complete without Masai Mara safari. The BBC Television show Big Cat Diary is filmed in both the Reserve and Conservation areas of the Masai Mara and highlights scenes from the Reserve’s Musiara marsh area and the Leopard Gorge and Fig Tree Ridge areas of the Conservation area
Experience the Great Wildebeest Migration in Africa
The central migratory herds of over 2 million wildebeest spend much of the year grazing throughout the plains of the Serengeti. The herds calve in January to March, the young born ready to make their first, epic journey. In June, as the dry season withers the grasslands and a distant scent of moisture brings promise of rain in the north, they begin to gather, massing together to form a single vast herd.
At the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve the herds face their greatest obstacle, a series of rivers that must be crossed. At the Mara River the herds gather at the banks, piling together in front of the broad fast flowing waters. As the pressure built the herds finally surge into the river, many animals hurling themselves off high banks.
It’s drama on a truly epic scale. The wildebeests undergo all manner of challenges and hardships as they move from region to region, and are constantly under attack from predators particularly from the big cats and the huge crocodiles that lie in wait at various river crossing points.
You will need to plan your visit carefully because the wildebeest migration is a dynamic affair taking place between Kenya and Tanzania and subject to the timing of that year’s rains. It’s also an event of different experiences depending on where you are and at what time, you may see the wildebeest herds giving birth and courting, moving in great dusty columns or cross muddy rivers.
Book your safari to Kenya and experience this rare phenomenon. There is plenty of well-located accommodation both in the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park to enable you to experience the migration, and nearly all scheduled tours and safaris to either country include excursions into the two conservation areas.