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The Great Wildebeest Migration is an annual wildlife extravaganza where millions of wildbeest, zebra and other animals migrate between the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. The movement of the wildlife is dependent on the rainfall in the different areas which prompts the herds to congregate and move towards the greener pastures. Some of the highlights of the Great Migration are the river crossings (the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in particular) where wildebeest herds have to conquer ranging rivers, hungry Nile crocodiles and the urge for fresh grazing. The other major highlight is the calving season early every year where hundreds of thousands of wildebeest give birth to their calves in the southern regions fo the Serengeti National Park.

The two national parks that play host to this wildlife show are the perfect setting - the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara Game Reserve are two of Africa's most iconic wildlife areas and offer travelers the absolute best game viewing experiences on the continent when it comes to sheer numbers and wildlife interaction. The open plains allow for unobstrusive game viewing and give travelers the opportunity to experience Africa's wildlife up close.

The seemingly endless and almost treeless Serengeti plains are home to literally millions of hoofed animals. They are constantly on the move in search of grassland and are watched and preyed upon by lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard and jackal. It is one of the world's most amazing wildlife 'shows' and an incredible sight you will never forget! The wildebeest are the main participant in this annual migration but it includes zebra in large numbers too. The Serengeti offers an exceptional African safari experience - one you cannot afford to miss out on! Choose from a range of luxury lodges, authentic mobile tented camps and romantic tented lodges.

Contact a Wildebeest Migration Travel Experts to plan the ideal safari to the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

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the great wildebeest migration - animated map showing month-to-month movement

This migration map shows the general route and time of year of the Great Wildebeest Migration. The animal movements are highly dependant on the growth of fresh grass and the rainy season so see the below as an indication of what is possible. The rainfall and climate will dictate when and where the herds will move. It is a good idea to contact a Great Migration Experts for an update on what the herds are doing and the expected timing of the migration.

The Great Wildebeest Migration Map
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