The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the "Seven New Wonders of the World". Over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration. Making it one of the wonders of the world. Only in East Africa. Experience it with us this coming season.
In the Maasai Mara they will be hunted, stalked, and run down by the larger carnivores. The Maasai Mara also has one of the largest densities of lion in the world and is no wonder this is the home of the BBC wildlife channels Big Cat Diary.
The stage on which this show is set is loosely termed the Serengeti Ecosystem, about 40, 000 square kilometers pretty much defined by the dominant migration routes of the white bearded wildebeest (Connochaetestuarinus mearnsi) and comprises parts of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the south; the Serengeti National Park and the adjacent Maswa Game Reserve and other ‘controlled’ areas in the center, east and west; and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve to the north.
There is little predictability about the migration, and questions as to which is the best month to view it are likely to get different answers from different people. According to Scott (BBC Big Cat Diary), ‘You could spend a lifetime in the Serengeti-Mara waiting for the typical migration. The finer details of the herds’ movements are always different. It is a dynamic process which defies predictions: no two years are ever quite the same.’