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The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

Listed under Wildlife in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

  • Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
  • Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
  • Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
  • Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
  • Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
  • Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
  • Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
  • Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
Photo of The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
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The Great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration is one of the world's most spectacular wildlife events. Often referred to as 'The Greatest Show on Earth' the Serengati Wildebeest Migration is the largest movement of herds on the planet; the site is simply breathtaking.

Take the Migration out of the Serengeti however and in my view you still have the finest park in Africa. What is unique about this pitch is the location in the Serengeti and the time of year - late July/August opens up the far North of the park, away from all the crowds. The area is called the Lamai Wedge and hardly anyone knows about it! Late July/August is peak season as the wildebeest migration runs directly through the area. However a good 30% of the migration will be in the Lamai Wedge for July/August/Sept/Oct. This is still a good time of year to go.

To be honest the whole year is fantastic up there (apart from April and May rains) because there are no people which is very rare in the Serengeti/Masai Mara! But the wildebeest migration months are when it is at its best.

Written by  Julian Carter-Manning.

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East African Wildebeest Migration

Each year, over a million wildebeest (along with a few thousand zebra and gazelle) migrate in a circle over 1,800 miles of African terrain in search of food and on the run from their enemies the cheetah, leopard, and hyena. The migration is never-ending, starting at birth for the calf and only stops when the wildebeest die.

The time of your visit dictates where in Africa you stay, whether it be the immense plans of the Serengeti in Tanzania or to the bountiful grasses of Masai Mara in Kenya. Heavy rains in April in May make this the off season for wildlife viewing as roads are impassable.

Lodges and campgrounds can be found all along the migration path.

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