The great Wildebeest Migration is an annual move of animals around the Serengeti eco-system from the short grass plains in the south where they give birth to the Masai Mara in Kenya.
The wildebeest, along with a large number of zebra and a smaller number of gazelle, move in a fairly predictable pattern. But, to actually witness the migration, it is important to remember that the animals are driven by the availability of standing water and grazing, which depend on local weather conditions each year.
At this time of year in June/July, the wildebeest are usually preparing to cross the Sand River and continue north into Kenya, but as of today, sightings captured at HerdTracker show the herds farther north and crossing Mara River already. From here, the animals will move through the Grumeti Reserves on the western side of the Serengeti.
As we head into July and the early dry season, the wildebeest begin to move faster towards water and greener grass. July also marks the beginning of mating season. During the months when the wildebeest are crossing the rivers, you can expect to see rewarding game drives and crocodile encounters.
By September, the migration will separate into smaller herds and either cross into Kenya, switch back and forth across the border of Tanzania, or stay behind until it is time to start the cycle again.
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