The Great Migration

The Wildebeest and Zebra Migration

The Wildebeest and Zebra Migration (Kenya and Tanzania)

 Truly a spectacle one has to experience at least once in a lifetime!

The Lodge at Garamtata Safaris Kudu Bull and Cow - Garamtata Safaris Excellent warthog trophy! Spectacular African Sunset Burchell's Zebra              

&Beyond Exeter Lodge (Sabie Sand Game Reserve) South Africa

The game viewing continues all day, whether on a game drive or from the comfort of the Lodge’s shady viewing deck! Exeter Lodge exclusivity at best!

The African Leopard - Stealth, as best as can be!

Leopards are easily recognized by their stunning rosette patterned coats. But why are they so difficult to spot when you are on your game drive?

Anabezi Camp (Lower Zambezi National Park) Zambia

What a great camp to see elephants cavorting in the Zambezi River! See relaxed elephants enjoying themselves!

The African Lion - The predator everybody wants to see on Safari!

The African lion is one of the most popular group of cats in the Wild. Its popularly known as the King of the jungle due to impressive mane

Chinzombo Camp (South Luangwa National Park) Zambia

Wildly luxurious, Chinzombo brings levels of comfort, style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley.

The Black Rhino

Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is an excellent location to view the endangered Black Rhino!

Phinda Vlei Lodge (Phinda Game Reserve) South Africa

Suites are carefully positioned for a prime view of the animals coming out to drink, with vistas from even your shower or bathtub, the game viewing never stops!

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Tanzania)

Breakfast on your private porch at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge! The views are simply spectacular!

DumaTau Camp (Linyanti) Botswana

DumaTau, meaning ‘roar of the lion,’ is a ten-roomed (eight twin and two family) luxury tented camp located in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.

Elephant in the water at Kings Pool Camp (Linyanti) Botswana

Kings Pool overlooks the handsome oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve bordering Chobe National Park

Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Set deep inside the Lower Zambezi National Park, Chiawa Camp enjoys the prime location in the Lower Zambezi. This area is still unspoilt as it is new to Tourism.

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The Red Lechwe is a semiaquatic antelope that practically lives in shallow water.

With hooves designed to stand strong in soft and muddy ground, the red lechwe is extremely fast when running through water, but awkward running on land..

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Leroo la Tau - Set on the banks of the Boteti River, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.

Populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest accompanied by predators, guests can experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game!

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Sanctuary Swala Camp - Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Sanctuary Swala is located in an exceptionally private section of Tarangire National Park, offering visitors a luxurious and very exclusive safari experience.

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Sanctuary Olonana Camp - Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, Tanzania

Sanctuary Olonana is located in an exceptionally private section of the Masai Mara, close to where the movie Out of Africa, was filmed.

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Savute Elephant Camp - Chobe National Park, Botswana

The camp is located on the Savute Channel in Chobe National Park, which is in the rugged, semi-arid wilderness region of far northern Botswana

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Elephant Bedroom Camp, Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by Doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs.

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Stanley's Lodge - Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Stanley's Lodge is located in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Bordering the Moremi Game Reserve

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Singita Boulders Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.

Experience the ultimate year-round South African safari in an exclusive wildlife sanctuary beside the Kruger National Park.

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Tongabezi Lodge, Livingstone / Vic Falls, Zambia.

Tongabezi Lodge is an exclusive lodge, away from the crowds, on the banks of the Zambezi River, 15km upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls.

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Wilderness Air - Connecting you to the Wilderness!

Wilderness Air is proud to be the air support of Wilderness Safaris, with private access to nearly all of southern Africa’s finest wildlife areas.

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There is no real beginning or end to a wildebeest's journey. Its life is an endless pilgrimage!

From the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne colored hills of Kenya's Masai Mara over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa's great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.

There is no real beginning or end to a wildebeest's journey. Its life is an endless pilgrimage, a constant search for food and water. The only beginning is at the moment of birth. An estimated 400,000 wildebeest calves are born during a six week period early each year - usually between late January and mid-March.

 

The Seasons of the Wildebeest Migration

 

Wildebeest Migration at Klein's Camp

 

DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH

The Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area is arguably the most impressive wildlife sanctuary in the world. During the months December through March the seemingly unending plains of the southern Serengeti and the Conservation Area are inhabited by enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra. The great herds graze on rain ripened grass.

In the calving season (late January through mid March) the herds concentrate at the Ndutu and Salei plains (Southern Serengeti / Ngorongoro Conservation Area) attracting the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena.

During this period the migration is best observed from Ndutu Safari Lodge, Kusini Camp or any of several private tented camps used by mobile safaris such as our "Wildlife Adventure by 4x4 Safari". These include campsites in the Ndutu / Naabi area.

 

 

 

Rekero camp is a great cap to see the migration! - www.epicafricansafaris.comAPRIL, MAY

During the months April and May the depleted plains are unable to sustain the endless herds. The migration, sweeping west and north, moves from the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti / Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the long grass plains and woodland of the Serengeti's western Corridor, almost to Lake Victoria. This period is during the long rains and is considered off season for wildlife viewing in East Africa as roads are often impassable. Ndutu Safari Lodge, Kusini Camp and the Serengeti Serena Lodge are fine for wildlife viewing during this time. So are campsites in the Ndutu / Naabi area.

JUNE

By the end of May the wildebeest have exhausted the Western Corridor's best pastures and the herds must move further north. Entering the Lamai Wedge and the Mara Triangle, breeding occurs May through June. This is a transitional period between the rains and the dry season. Grumeti River Camp, Migration Camp and Kirawira Camp are also options. Seronera and Moru area campsites are best.

 

 

 

 
JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER

By July the countless herds have amassed along the swollen Mara River - a final barrier from the short sweet grasses of the Masai Mara. Sometimes the crossing place they have chosen is shallow allowing the majority of animals to pass safely. In other areas the waters boil with drowning wildebeest and slashing crocodiles.

Between July and October the wildebeest reside in the Mara. We recommend Governor's Il Moran Tented Camp as the leading safari camp in the Masai Mara. Other tented camps include Governor's Main Camp, Little Governor's Camp and Bateleur Camp. Tanzanian lodges recommended during this time include Kirawira Tented, Migration Camp, and Grumeti River Camp. Kirawira and Moru area campsites are best.

 

 

 

The migration as seen from Governors Camp - www.africansfaris.travel

NOVEMBER

The arrival of the short rains call the migration southward. During the short rains of November the wildebeest migration is best viewed from either Lobo Wildlife Lodge or Klein's Camp. Campsites in the Lobo area are best.

As November ends the migration is making its way back to the southern Serengeti and early in the year they once again give birth. The circle of life is complete.

 

 

 

Follow these Lion tracks to the best African Safaris you will ever imagine!    Note - The migration is a natural event and the timing varies month by month; year by year, further determined by rainfall patterns…    Follow these Lion tracks to the best African Safaris you will ever imagine!

 

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