On a Serengeti West Safari around end of April, May and June, a vast army of blue wildebeests along with its herbivore partner, zebras, mill around the Western Corridor, south of the Grumeti River, some harassed behind by lions and ahead by giant Nile crocodiles.
Around end of April, May and June, a vast army of wildebeests along with its partners: zebras, elands and gazelles mill around the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, south of the Grumeti River. Harassed behind by lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas and ahead by giant Nile crocodiles, many hundreds perish as some hazard the river crossing while others detour it. But the beauty of the landscape, stretching without end beneath an infinite sky on a Serengeti West Safari, changes something within the watcher, who becomes more aware of the place of humankind within the drama of the animal world .There is a sizeable resident wildebeest population which does not migrate, but remains here year-round. When the seasonal Mbalageti River runs dry, the Grumeti River retains pools which attract thousands of mammals. Buffalo and hippopotamus rarely stray far from water.
Many rare and beautiful creatures are found in the private Grumeti Reserve. Black and white Colobus monkeys live in the woodlands with rare, fast-running Patas monkeys. Amazing concentrations of other fauna are seen here during your Mkama Tours to Tanzania safari vacation in northern Tanzania. Impala, topi, reedbuck, waterbuck, Coke’s hartebeest, roan antelope, buffalo and elephant are numbered in their hundreds. The Western Corridor covers Fort Ikoma Wildlife Area and Grumeti Reserve as well as part of the western expanse of Serengeti National Park. Outside the park, you can take guided wildlife walks to spot the myriad birds most prized by twitchers. Grey-breasted spur fowl, helmet shrike, rufus-tailed weaver and fischer’s lovebird, amongst hundreds more. On night game-spotting drives in the private wilderness, look for elusive leopards or nocturnal porcupines, aardvarks, honey badgers and bat-eared foxes. These Serengeti tour activities are prohibited in the Kirawira Area, which is within the national park boundary, though you will appreciate the fantastic views across the magnificent landscape during the day dotted with speckled flora and fauna.
Best Time is from November to April.
Wildebeest Migration happen every year, the vast herds of wildebeest embark on a long-distance migration that coincide with the annual rain fall patterns and grass growth. Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest arrive to the short-grass plains of the Serengeti around November. The short-grass plains are located in the area east and south of the Seronera, around Ndutu and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. Herds of wildebeest and zebra can be seen across these plains as they feed on the nutrient rich grasses. The majority of the wildebeest calve around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.
Our 6-day Migration wildlife safaris, tours, holidays and travel packages, have been designed specifically to focus on and to increase your chance to see the great Serengeti wildebeest migration. We have designed the itinerary to include the Lake Ndutu area, southern Serengeti and central Serengeti National Park where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from December through to April. To save on unnecessary travel time and to increase your game viewing time, this itinerary has been designed that you drive from the Serengeti National Park to Arusha town on the last day. The itinerary also include a visit to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. Join the Mkama Tours to Tanzania for unlimited adventures.