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On the Move – The Great Migration

October 9, 2013 River Crossing Tanzania | Unique Safaris

During the past three months, the majority of the wildebeest herds (at least 65%) have stayed in the northern Serengeti to take advantage of Tanzania’s grazing land, whereas only 35% had continued onto Kenya to settle in the Maasai Mara. This has been the migratory pattern now for for almost 8 years, making an ideal place for a safari trip during the dry season (July, August, September and October).  The herds that stayed in Tanzania were spread out all over the northern Serengeti; from the Mara River to Lobo Valley, Bologonja and Loliondo. River crossings in the Mara River were frequent with large groups of wildebeests (tens of thousands) searching for unspoiled grazing land on either side of the river inside the Serengeti. With the majority of the migratory herds spread throughout the northern landscape and abundant river crossings at the Mara River, it’s a peak time for safaris in northern Tanzania.

It is now October, and with the onset of rain in the northern Serengeti, the herds that did cross into Kenya are now returning and joining the resident herd  that remained in the north. The result has been spectacular river crossings, some lasting nearly an hour as hundreds of thousands of wildebeests gather together to continue toward the southern Serengeti Plains. Their ultimate goal is to reach the short-grass plains, where the pregnant females will give birth to more than 400,000 calves in January, February and March.  Safaris to Tanzania and the Serengeti focus in the southern and central Serengeti at that time of the year.

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