One fact about the wildebeest migration is about 1.5 wildebeest,zebras and other species of the antelope family make a circular tour around the serengeti plains in Tanzania and the maasai mara in Kenya.January is referred as the carving season where more than 500,000 curves are born.This is also one of the rare occassions where people get an opportunity to witness nature at it’s best and getting to experience how the wildebeest are able to cross from one country to the other in search of greener pasture,despite the setbacks and challenges they face during the journey.
The African animal exodus begins between January and March in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area,in Tanzania.The wildebeests are seen grazing on the grassy serengati plains during the month of January.This is also the month that the dry season begins,as the food starts diminishing and the predators start Lurking in the bushes inorder to hunt for their prey,the wildebeest also start moving towards the mara plains next to lake victoria while they scamper for safety due to the predators waiting for them.
The most notorious of these predators is the lion and Nile crocodile.As the wildebeest head towards the Mara the lion takes its arena in the grassy Mara plains shrouded in the thick grass cover waiting eagerly to catch it’s meal for the day which would be the wildebeest.April to July,it is during this time that the wildebeest continue with their journey moving north towards Maasai Mara with the hope of finding greener pastures in that particular area.In their journey they attract the most notorious predators such as the lions,hyenas and cheetahs which follow them closely.The best place to view this exercusion is the Serengeti Serena lodge which is the central point of this interesting and captivating migration.
During the month of July to October the wildebeast decide to take on a four month trek towards the Mara River where they will have to cross to reach the lush green grassland in Maasai Mara.The most spectacular and interesting part of this journey begins during the crossing of the Mara River where most ferocious predators such as the crocodiles are found.The crocodile is considered to be the most notorious predator due to it’s aggressiveness in catching it’s prey.crocodiles kill by drawning,it clutches the prey in it’s strong jaws and pulls it beneath the water surface,it ferociously twists and turns its head thus shredding its prey into pieces.
DID YOU KNOW:
-Crocodiles use their tales as secondary weapons.
-Crocodiles can lunge more than half of its body length out of the water.
Am sure now yu already have an imagination of the kind of danger that lies ahead of the wildebeest as they try to cross the mara river.Depending on the amount of rainfall,the point of crossing choosen by the animals is usually shallow enough for the head to cross.The Mara River is usually very deep in some parts of it and has sloppy river banks,hundreds of the wildebeest loose their life when crossing the Mara River especially the young ones.This mostly happens due to attacks from the crocodiles which are on a mission to kill as many wildebeest as possible while some of them die by being swept away by strong river currents or are trampled by the stampede of the other wildebeest as they swim.More than 200,000 wildebeest are seen lying dead on the Mara River each year,which clearly proves that no other predator can outmatch the aggressiveness of crocodiles.After crossing over the Mara River the survivors are able to get to the other side of the country which is Maasai Mara in Kenya where the heard is able to get enough pasture and water.After the wildebeest feel like they have had enough of the pasture and water they can now heard back to the Serengeti and this ussually happens in the month of November.more than 250,000 wildebeest die in this 1,800 mile journey trek,the lost wildebeest are usually recovered in the carving season whereby more than 500,000 culves are produced to continue Kenya’s great “seventh wonder of the world”
Inorder to view the starting point of the wildebeest migration(exodus),Kleins camp and wildlife Lodge are the best places to view it from.