An epic journey that attracts travelers from all over the world to witness the sheer wildlife making a spectacular move in Tanzania. This article will answer the most asked questions about this incredible natural phenomenon on Earth to help you plan for this beautiful event.
What is the Great Migration?
Is the sheer Move of about 1.3 million Wildebeests (famously known as gnu) and more than 400,000 zebras and other plains game towards the Mara River. This dramatic yearly repeatable journey takes place in the famous plains of Serengeti National Park to Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve, by crossing the bordering river between Tanzania and Kenya, the Mara River. Various reasons encourage this incredible occurrence, searching for fresh water and nutritious grass.
What happens on the Way?
Nearly five hundred miles is covered by this herd; during the movement principle of life is observed, a bunch of predators accompany the Move, and so hundreds of prey lose their lives on the Way; brave predators such as lions, cheetah, leopards, hyenas, crocodiles, and even wild dogs make sure the ecosystem is well balanced, Zebras lead the Way from the southern Serengeti, Ndutu area to the bank of Mara river since are considered to have a good memory, gnus are the first ones to attempt the crossing, hungry crocks are eagerly to take their long waiting shares, new calves are quickly snatched by starving leopards. Undoubtedly, the only strong one will survive!
When should I plan to see the Serengeti Migration?
This epic journey is derived by nature; it’s very unclear how these herds predict the commencing of their journey; most of the research shows that wildebeest taste the grass tasty, and some explain that the Move is triggered by the weather since the wildebeests can locate the rain as far as 30 miles away by hearing the thunderstorms.
The months below explain better this ultimate journey;
- December – March
The Calving Season – Now the herds are wandering in southern Serengeti National Park; nearly 500,000 newborns dot the ground every day; the area is full of fresh grass, and calves can now grass on healthy nutritious food for their rapid growth to defend themselves from predators.
The Move begins again – The north trek starts; newborns are now super strong to embark on a new year epic journey towards the Northwest of Serengeti National Park.
- May – June
It’s time to start mating again; the younger ones are already dependent, and the Move continues through the Grumeti River, the very first river to be crossed; if you only have time in these months is ideal to visit west of Serengeti National Park.
- July – October
The vast herds crossing the Mara River now can be seen, for those wishing to see this most incredible show on Earth are advised to plan to visit this time of the year. This is nature; sometimes, it can be difficult to predict exact dates. During this time, hundreds of thousands of herds cross to Masai Mara; the dramatic film is worth it; crocks are technically grubbing their portions; also, at Talek River, daily crossings can be witnessed.
The herds have spent a considerable amount of time in Maasai Mara National Park, it’s time to trace the Way back home; in early November, the small rain showers begin; within a short period, the herds will be in south Serengeti, the Ndutu area now is experiencing the vast animals’ congregation, and the entire process begins once again.
Where to stay during the Migration in Serengeti?
Our set of luxury accommodations offers a secluded migration safari experience in Serengeti National Park; witness this dazzling beauty show; you surely need to stay close to the action; our unique luxury lodges and camps offer are undoubtedly the best choice that everyone would need for that epic event.
Are surrounded by a breathtaking view of Mara River panoramic landscapes of this iconic safari destination in Africa; Sayari Camps, Ubuntu Camp, Mara Under Canvas, Lemala Kuria Hills, Nasikia Migration Camp, Singita Faru Faru Lodge, and Kaz Kaz Mara Camp are the best options since it offers the simultaneously magical safari experience.
Our Professional advice,
Booking Time, Migration safaris should be booked in advance, at times it can be an extremely challenging task to find availability, especially at these luxury accommodations, remember, where you stay and who you travel with matters during the migration Tanzania safari; booking at least 6 months before or a year can guarantee you the availability of your specific choice.
Budget, Migration occurs during the high season, arguably when the price fluctuates over everything, hence planning ahead of time gives you enough time to save for it; the high-end accommodations range between 750$ – 1700$ per person per night for only accommodations excluding other costs like transportations, park fees, and extra money for personal spending. Alternatively, you can consider traveling other time of the year, and prices will be as low as 400$ – 650$ per person per night on accommodations only; during this time, the park experiences fewer tourists and offers the very best experience.