THE GREAT WILDEBEEST AND ZEBRA MIGRATION
The endless plains of Kenya and Tanzania are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle; the Great Wildebeest Migration. From the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne colored hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 2,800 kilometres each year in search of rain ripened grass.
There is no real beginning or end to a wildebeest’s journey. A wildebeest’s life is an endless pilgrimage, a constant search for food and water. The only beginning is at the moment of birth. An estimated 400,000 wildebeest calves are born during a six week period early each year – usually between late January and mid-March.
The Migration pattern is never the same each year. It changes every year, and it all depends on the rainfall. Sometimes the Migration will be off by 50 kms from where the animals are expected to be, and sometimes they will be as much as 200 kms away from there original pattern that has now been studied over many years. Some years it is 2 to 3 weeks early, other years 2 to 3 weeks late. No one can fully predict what may be seen where at any given time, and this is part of the magic and the mystery of the awe-inspiring natural wonder that is The Great Migration.