You’ve seen it on the TV, you might have watched it in movies, and although it’s hard to find something that compares to David Attenborough’s account of an event – there’s no better place to be during the annual Serengeti Migration than right in the heart of it.
Here are a few things you need to know about the migration.
WHAT IS THE MIGRATION?
Every year in the Serengeti in Africa, thousands upon thousands of Wilderbeast migrate from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, through the Serengeti National Park, towards the Masai Mara in Kenya. The migration is made up of around 1.7 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of other game – including around 470,000 gazelles, and over 250,000 zebra.
WHEN DOES IT OCCUR?
It’s actually an all-year round migration, but there are times when the herds are on the move; and others where they are staying put. The migration is based around the rainfall patterns – with short rains usually hitting around early November and the wilderbeest arriving at Ngorongoro in November and December. They stay here for the first few months of the year, giving birth to around 500,000 babies in that time. In April, they start to move north – on and off – hitting the Maasai Mara in around September or October, before starting again.
WHY DO THEY DO IT?
Basically, they are seeking out fresh grazing and better quality water.
WHY IS IT SO POPULAR?
The experience of seeing millions of animals all flocking to one area, running through open plains, feasting and giving birth is something you’ll never experience anywhere else in the world. The most popular safari attractions include the crossings of the Grumeti and Mara rivers in July, where crocodiles are lying in wait. It might seem harsh, but it’s a natural circle of life.
WHERE TO STAY
When you’re booking your trip, consider the best accommodation options to suit your needs. The Serengeti Bushtops accommodation camp provides the ideal place to rest after a day on the open plains, with comfortable 5 Star tents, free Wi-Fi, flushing toilet, bath and shower, and 5 Star dining!
Don’t settle for less than the best when you’re visiting the Serengeti!
Contact E|Habla Luxury Travel Agency on 1800 990 998 for our safari tours and holiday packages.
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