The great wildebeest migration is a spectacular phenomenon in which wildebeests (in their millions) and zebras, impalas, elands, and gazelles (in their thousands) move across the greater Serengeti (Tanzania)-Masai Mara (Kenya) ecosystem in pursuit of water and greener grazing lands. Survival instinct guides the wildebeest migration routes and estimates are that each wildebeest covers nearly 1000km during the movement. This migration usually attracts a huge number of predators – hyenas, lions, leopards, crocodiles, and wild dogs, which makes the spectacle a great sight and a major tourist attraction phenomenon in the world.
This migration is one of the eight wonders of the world, which usually occurs between July and September. During this time, wildebeests move from Tanzania’s Serengeti into Kenya’s Masai Mara. During this period, tourists on a safari witness the wild battles for survival involving wildebeests, zebras, and impalas, and their struggle to survive and wade through the Mara River which is crocodile-infested and numerous predators on land. The mere sight of the huge animal herds rushing their way into the croc-infested Mara River is a sheer marvel. Even more breathtaking and exhilarating is the struggle by a myriad of carnivores attempting to get some prey as the wildebeests, antelopes, and zebras attempt to cross land and the Mara River in search of greener pastures.
The massive crossing across the Mara River is best viewed during the morning hours, usually from 0900 and 1100hrs. Late afternoon can also witness movements of the wildebeest between 1500 and 1600hrs when the animals crisscross the Mara River following traditional routes in which they cover a minimum of 800km. The traditional routes include the Sand River towards the greater Mara region and between the Mara River and the Mara triangle. After crossing, the wildebeests usually gather in huge herds of thousands and only start crossing when their numbers have swollen enough. In fact, the Lion King Movie (filmed in the Masai Mara in Kenya) captures a scene in which the wildebeests are scene migrating from one point to the other. It is in this scenario that Mufasa is thrown down the cliff by his brother Scar, and is trampled upon to his death by the wildebeests.
The great wildebeest migration spectacle is breathtaking and thousands of tourists visit Kenya to witness the phenomenon. Many tourists prefer to travel with different safaris and tour agents to catch a glimpse of the 8th wonder of the world. Tours and travel companies, such as Vespers Safaris, can help tourists with movement planning, booking, accommodation, and a tour guide to the various hotspots in which actually experience the great wildebeest migration marvels. Vespers Safaris is dedicated to ensuring that visitors get the best wildebeest migration experience by organizing their transport, accommodation, and providing reasonable rates that will keep clients coming back. The Sarova Mara Game Camp’s location is strategic to the migration corridor of the wildebeests. It offers a spectacular view of one of the important routes used by the wildebeests during their migration. However, as a tourist, worry not much since Vespers will take you around and ensure you visit the best places to view the migration. Contact Vespers Safaris now, via WhatsApp, email, or phone, to find out more about your tourist destination. Book with us now and we will offer you some of the best rates in the industry. We also assure you of the best travel experience with us. Contact us now to help you book the best accommodation of your choice that fits your budget, ranging from backpackers and mid range options to luxurious options.