The great wildebeest migration at serengeti national park
The great wildebeest migration at serengeti national park: Serengeti National Park is home to one of the great seven natural wonders of the world, the wildebeest migration. The total population of wildebeest at the park is within the range, and excess of 1.5 million white-bearded animals. The migration is said to happen in a clockwise fashion as the animals search for rain ripened grass and altogether the animals cover about 1,800 miles each year. Because the animals are constantly in search of better conditions, the migration happens across all three sectors of the Serengeti and is also rather unpredictable. What makes the sight noteworthy is that not all animals follow the same route but they all head off to the same destination.
The rains, which usually dictate the migration, start off lightly in November and December. During this time, the wildebeest settle in the southern plains for the subsequent months of January through to April as there is plenty of food in this area. The months of March to May see the park receive heavy rains and the animals leave the southern plains for the now more attractive Western Corridor. As the animals continue in the North West direction, they finally find themselves in Northern Serengeti and await the rains to start the cycles all over again.
The ‘river crossings’ down by the Mara have been widely documented by National Geographic channel and other nature lovers for three main reasons; they are elusive because they happen at any time during the dry season, they happen quickly because the wildebeest want to escape death at the jaws of the river crocodiles and most importantly they are unforgettable. Luckily, the migration is active within the Serengeti National Park for nine months. Aside from the months of April and May which receive heavy rains and almost render tourism impossible, the migration is ready for your viewing pleasure throughout the year for as long as you get to the right sector. But the best time to see it is within the months of July to early October.