The Serengeti great Migration is considered as “one of nature’s finest spectacles” and a truly awe-inspiring scene to witness and photograph. This world’s finest spectacle is thought to feature up to 2.2 million wildebeest and thousands of zebra and gazelle moving across the Serengeti ecosystem all year round making it as one of the greatest wildlife viewing sanctuary.
The journey for the key players in the Great Migration, roughly two million wildebeest, starts in the south of the Serengeti which also extends into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area—also known as the Ndutu Plains, with the birth of over half a million calves between January and February. This is an exciting location to be when the calving season takes place, where large herds of wildebeests and zebras gather to give birth simultaneously, and in turn triggering thrilling game hunting for the larger predators.
Until late February to March the migrating herds remain on the eastern and southern plains, feeding on the short and new grass, which is filled with valuable nutrition for lactating mothers.
From the end of March to April, the herds begin to move west as they prepare for their migration towards the north through the Moru Kopjes area and Mbalageti Valley on the western corridor of Serengeti as well as central and the eastern edge of the Serengeti. By May until the end of June, the migrating ungulate is expected to pass through the Western Corridor, making the Grumeti River a spectacular sighting: a small migration crossing alongside the fiercely aggressive Nile crocodile.
The dry season begins from the end of June to July and lasts until mid-October, where the herds concentrate in the Northern Serengeti, making the Mara River area as one of the most popular destinations to see the great migration crossing the mighty Mara river. With poignant scenes of confusion and panic among the herds, alongside successful crossing that takes place, this marks one of the most spectacular natural events in the world.
By mid to end of October, the herds are heading back south again, through Western Corridor, Loliondo game controlled area, and Lobo area, as the animals return to find the fresh, green shoots on the short-plain grass.
From late November to December, the migrating herds arrive on the short-grass plains of the east and south of Seronera valley, which also extends into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area—also known as the Ndutu Plains. This is an exciting location to be when the calving season takes place, where large herds of wildebeests and zebras gather to give birth simultaneously, and in turn triggering thrilling game hunting for the larger predators.
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