Wildebeest Migration Calendar
Serengeti Wildebeest Migration calendar is natural, there is no specific formula to govern that wildebeests activities and not controlled by humans. Below is just an estimate to give you the big picture on how the event is distributed throughout the year. However, becasue the event is driven by the current weather, you can use experience safari guide to give a probable specific schedule of where and when to catch up a certain activities with the migration
December through March: the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area attract huge numbers of wildebeest as they graze on short rain-
April and May: once the eastern boundaries food supply is depleted, the herd moves north westwards, to the long grassy plains and woodlands of the Serengeti’s western Corridor, almost to shores of Lake Victoria. They stay here during the long rains.
June: after the rains depart, the migration moves northwards up through the central and western sectors of the Serengeti, breeding en route.
July and August: The herds process to the north of the Serengeti, where they congregate en masse in total confusion along the swollen Mara River, facing the dilemmas of crossing. The sweet green pastures across the Mara River draws them on, the temptation giving in to the dangers of the crossing. Huge, six-
July through October: The wildebeest move into the Maasai Mara feeding on pastures, growing strong. They stay here until the food supply diminishes and the short rains in Tanzania draw them back to the Serengeti.
November: The short rains in the Serengeti replenishes the stock, whilst in the Maasai Mara, the area becomes water logged sometimes causing animals to get stuck and thus posing a danger for lurking predators. From the eastern part of the Mara the wildebeests’ journey continues southwards, back into the Serengeti and through the Central Seronera area taking them back ”home” to the Ndutu area near the Ngorongoro highlands. Once here, the animals pan out again to enjoy the succulent grasses and wait for the precise moment to begin calving. The cycle begins once more.
In February this migration found in the south of Serengeti called Ndutu. At this place the give birth to the born to run babies. The migration is in the west in May and in the north of Serengeti on their way to Masai Mara in Kenya in July, August and Septemba. Crossing Masai Mara river is a special event becuase thousands or wildebeest lost their lives due to failing to cross and hence taken by waters or some are eaten by crocodiles. In October, November and December are in central Serengeti back to the southj. They are back again in January to the south where mothers are expecting to give birth to their loved ones.