Each year in Kenya, something amazing happens in Kenya. This has come to be known as the 7th world wonder. The great wildebeest takes place between Kenya and Tanzania each year without fail. Ideally, I should not even say that the great wildebeest migration take place once each because it is one giant cycle of events that happen between Kenya and Tanzania.
The great wildebeest migration happens between the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Hundreds of thousands of animals taking part in the migration usually move following a circular path between the two parks in Kenya and Tanzania.
When Does the Great Migration Cycle get to Kenya
In Kenya, the great wildebeest migration is witnessed between the months of July and October. Beginning the cycle in around January, this is usually the breeding season which sees thousands of wildebeests born. This usually happens in Tanzania because there are fewer predators compared to the Masai Mara.
A considerable number of the calves born unfortunately fall in the hands of hungry predators but a huge number make it in time to set off for the migration. This starts around April in the southern parts of the Serengeti National Park. At this time, parts of the Serengeti have started drying up and therefore the herd is forced to move north for ‘greener pastures’.
As we approach the end of May, the great migration usually reaches the northern parts of the Serengeti. They continue moving forward as they clear pasture on their way. They then move into Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya around the end of June to July.
Just as they are entering the Masai Mara, the numbers increase as other wildebeests from the Loita Plains join in the migration. The herd moves into Masai Mara National Reserve and the cycle in the Mara continues up to the month of October.
At the end of October the migration route reverses as the wildebeests start making their way back to the Serengeti. By end of December, they are back in Serengeti just in time for the breeding season in January. The migration cycle repeats itself each year without fail.
Challenges in the Great Migration Route
There are very many parties involved in the great wildebeest migration. However, the wildebeest make up the greatest percentage. It is estimated that there are around 1,300,000 wildebeests, 191,000 zebras and 360,000 gazelles in the migration. There are also other fewer members and a couple of predators that follow the migration. Lions and hyenas hunt the herd as they move along. Some of the wildebeests usually drop down due to fatigue and this is an easy feast for hyenas and other scavengers.
The migration route has a couple of rivers cutting across and running to the Lake Victoria. The height of this phenomenon is when the wildebeests try to cross these rivers with hungry crocodiles and lions waiting. At this juncture, it is usually survival for the fittest. Some are lucky to make it across while others are not so lucky.
The great wildebeest migration is usually a great spectacle and words cannot really paint the picture to perfection. Why not make the decision to experience the great wildebeest migration 2014 and you will surely live to remember your holiday and all the adventure.