Tanzania is not only home to the highest concentration of animals anywhere in Africa it’s also home to the natural wonder that is the Wildebeest migration. The migration alone brings in a global audience with the majority of lodges, camps and other types of accommodation in the area fully booked for the entire month of August. To see this magnificent spectacle with your own eyes some serious thought and planning will have to go into your trip.
To ensure a ringside seat to the wildebeest migration you are going to Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania have to book early, and when I say early I mean perhaps a year or so in advance. I’m not exaggerating when I say this as space on the safaris as well as in the accommodation is obviously limited. Doing your research and booking early will ensure you not only get a safari sorted but you will get first pick of the accommodation and that’s a real bonus.
The Wildebeest migration plays host to over 1.5 million herbivores including a few Zebra which you will see dotted around the hordes of Wildebeest. They begin their journey in the Southern Serengeti and as the pastures dry up and the days continue to get hotter with no rain in sight the Wildebeest begin to head north to Kenya. It’s around October for some the meet their destiny. The crossing of the Mara River is one of the most photographed events in the wildlife calendar. It’s a cat and mouse game between the Wildebeest and the predators lying in wait. Crocodiles are the main threat here as the Wildebeest cross the Mara River with a hope of reaching the banks of the Kenyan Masai Mara this is when many of the crocodiles will strike, pulling an unsuspecting victim underwater and inevitably to its demise. This is what attracts the crowds and this is where the safari companies and accommodation owners make their money. Although this time of year can be expensive to go on safari around this area, it’s definitely worth paying the money for. This is certainly not something you are going to be able to witness on any other holidays so make the most of it while you can.
As far as booking your safari goes, trying to plan it around the exact dates of the river crossing is anyone’s guess. Although the river crossing usually takes place in October, predicting a week in which it will happen is very difficult even for the most experienced local guides. The best thing to do is your own research, find out as much as you can from safari companies and guides and then hope you make the right call. Good Luck!