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What,When and Where is the Great Migration?

We are often asked about the Great Migration…here is the What, When and Where of one of natures greatest spectacles in the world.

What: The annual wildebeest migration in East Africa, also known as “The Great Migration” takes place between Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara. It is known as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet.  Over two million herbivores partake in this journey, with about hundreds of thousand zebra and Thomson’s gazelle behind the main players… 1.5 million wildebeest!  
The massive herds are closely followed by predators like lion, hyena, and cheetah, making the most of every opportunity for the next meal. The timing of the migration is determined by the availability of grazing which is dependent on the rains. The wildebeest take advantage of the strongly seasonal conditions, spending the wet season on the plains in the south-east, and the dry season in the woodlands of the north-west. It is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event.  The Migration is rarely ever the same in terms of precise timing and direction, as local conditions influence grass growth. This means that the wildebeest may move off the open plains earlier in some years and remain in the northern woodlands for longer in others.

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