Each year the Serengeti rumbles with the pounding hooves of more than two million animals traversing the plains. From July to October, huge herds of wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara and back again.
Imagine standing on the great Serengeti plains and watching a seemingly endless sea of animals as they make this one thousand mile journey to find new grazing. The wildebeest are joined by hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle on their epic pilgrimage.
These animals make this incredible journey each year in order to find new grazing. The amount of rainfall encourages their migration. They spend the wet season on southeastern plains and travel northwest to woodlands during the dry season. The herd searches out the richest and most abundant grass as the seasons change.
Such large numbers of grazers attract many predators. Prides of lions can be seen lounging in the shade, and cheetahs explode out of the grass to chase down their prey. The immense herd of animals is also threatened by the snapping jaws of crocodiles haunting the river waters. It is a risk to cross or even to drink. There is safety in numbers, however, and the predators do not even make a dent in the size of the herd.
The Great Migration is perfect for witnessing the incredible circle of life. With nearly eight thousand calves being born and the predators waiting nearby, it is a comprehensive glimpse into animal life in the African wilderness. Birth and death occur almost constantly as the wildebeest migrate to new territory.
One of the most incredible sights in the world is the Great Migration. It is the most spectacular view of wildlife on the planet, and is a great way to see some of Africa’s most popular and well-known hoofed mammals with ease. With the grazers come the predators that hunt them, and this makes the Serengeti the best place for viewing Africa’s most incredible wildlife.