One of the greatest shows on Earth mother Nature put’s up -the Great Migration in Africa. From Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara, the Great Migration entices photojournalists, tourists, nature lovers, and movie makers the world over to see Africa’s astounding Wildlife cycles. Called the Wildebeest Migration, it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
Great Migration -what is it?
Nearly two million wildebeest and twenty thousand wild game from the plains migrate from Serengeti in Tanzania towards the South of Masai Mara in Kenya looking for new grazing grounds and water annually. The migration is based on the seasons of the year and the availability of water. An epic journey that spreads across 3000 kilometers is cyclical in nature and treacherous too. If you want to truly experience a Safari, then the great migration is the time to plan your holiday to Africa.
Best time to visit Africa to see the Great Migration:
January and February in Serengeti: Serengeti gets rain during January and February when the female wildebeest get ready to give birth. March and April see the areas dry out and isolated, so, large groups of wild animals move north towards Lake Victoria when the mating season begins. Once the mating season is over, the wildebeest move to Maasai Mara in June or July when you can see thousands of animals hurtling across the savannahs to cross the River Mara that is full of crocodiles.
February and March: If you plan on visiting Tanzania, then between Feb and March is the best time to see the great migration. You will find the animals grazing in large numbers and of course, the birth of the young.
July and September: Months between July and September find the wildebeest cross the River Mara either from Serengeti to Maasai Mara or from Maasai Mara to Serengeti. In September, the wildebeest cross back into northern parts of Serengeti. If you are late in visiting Africa, then you may get a chance to catch the tail end of the migration. Once back in Serengeti, these animals move to the plains and start the migration cycle once again.
Best places to see the Great Migration:
Grumeti Reserve’s Singita Sasakwa Lodge:
Many travelers vie for a chance to stay at the historic Singita Sasakwa Lodge. This notable house reminds you of a bygone era sophistication while offering fantastic views of northern parts of Tanzania. Plan for a guided safari walk through the Grumeti Reserve.
Serengeti National Park’s Migration Camp
The Great Migration is when the animals are on the move. If you plan a stay at the Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp, then you can see the animals as you will move with them, which means experiencing the exodus is not based on a season. If you love the outdoors, then you will love this camp as you will get a chance to eat and drink surrounded by thousands of wildebeest and zebra.
Maswa Wildlife Reserve’s Mbono Tented Camp:
The Maswa Wildlife Reserve shares borders with the Serengeti, so, be prepared for all the wildlife you will get to see. With only 6 tents available, plan a holiday especially, between January and February. Watch the lions, leopards move right behind the gazelle, buffaloes, zebras, and antelopes. The night drives give you a chance to see the beasts when the temperature is cooler, and the big cats are most active. If you watch carefully you may even spot the wary night-time creatures.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy’s Asilia Naboisho Camp:
The Mara Naboisho Conservancy near Masai Mara is home to the same number of wildebeests, however not as crowded as other popular places in Africa. You can enjoy privacy and wilderness while enjoying the comforts of today. You can also experience a hot-air balloon ride where you can see the migration from the sky.
Masai Mara National Park’s Bateleur Camp:
The Bateleur Camp is right in the path of the Great Migration in Maasai Mara. You can enjoy the full experience of a safari in Kenya with old-style tents. You may also get to see the original film set of Out of Africa. Don’t forget to make time for the bush walks, the game drives at night, or interacting with the locals of Maasai.
A trip to the wilds is not one can forget quickly. Looking at nature’s largesse and miracles will surely make the trip unforgettable. To get the best deals connect with Kesari Tours now.