Every year, millions of wildebeest, zebra and antelope cross the plains of East Africa. They do this to find greener pastures, before they head back to the other side a few months later. The migration occurs through Kenya and Tanzania, starting from the Serengeti National Park, heading towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This means the animals travel almost 3,000 kilometres and if you have the right vantage point, the views are extraordinary.
There’s a reason this is called “nature’s greatest show”.
The Great Migration At Night
There’s only one thing more exciting than seeing the Great Migration – and that’s seeing the Great Migration at night. There’s no doubt that the African plains truly come alive at night and although the migration itself is an amazing sight to see – it’s what happens behind the scenes in the dark that is truly extraordinary.
With millions of live prey at the ready, it’s only natural that there will be predators – and lions, crocodiles, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs enjoy a mass feast. In fact, more than 250,000 wildebeest will die on this journey; many from exhaustion, others from predators.
A night safari is not for the faint-hearted, with river crossings providing the most dangerous vantage points as herds gather, and crocodiles feast on the weak and panicked. Although you can see this in the daytime as well, at night there is an added element of fear and excitement – as you can’t clearly see what surrounds you.
Highlights of a night safari include:
- you have more chance of seeing lions and leopards
- you might also see other nocturnal animals, such as bushbabies, chameleons and aardvarks
- you can get amazing sunset photos of the crossing
When is the best time to travel for the migration?
The time of year to see the Great Migration depends on where you want to go. In January-February, you’ll find the animals camped out in the southern Serengeti where they have their babies (around 500,000 babies in total). March is when the first showers generally arrive and the wildebeest begin to move across the plains. And April-May the migration is in full swing as they move through central Serengeti to the West.
By June the masses are enjoying the waters of the Mbalageti and Grumeti rivers, and July-August they move further to northern Serengeti where the Mara River is one of the best vantage points in the entire journey. You’ll not want to miss it!
September sees the herd continue on to the Masai Mara, and October-December sees the herds travelling back south again, though it is still a great sight, the journey home does not have the same ferocity as their movements in July.
If you want to experience this for yourself, get in touch with our team today. We can help you plan a bespoke tour you’ll never forget.
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