Where is the wildebeest migration now?
Where is the wildebeest migrate now ( wildebeest migration location) is a common question most guests ask before they plan for their trips to Tanzania, especially to Serengeti National park where the wildebeest migration safari is a key activity. Wildebeest migration happens almost all year around only in specific parts of Serengeti hence raising the question ” Where is the wildebeest migrate now ”, so that an answer to the question determines which section of Serengeti national park should one be.
The wildebeest migration happens in different sections of Serengeti national park those are: in the Southern sector commonly known as Ndutu area, The Central or western sector in Grumeti River and finally in the Northern sector Mara River. Where the wildebeest migration is currently, is determined by the time or period of the year. In other words the wildebeest migration move in circular around which has created the fact that Serengeti is the home of wildebeest migration since the migration rotates within Serengeti.
Below is the timing and the calendar of the wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park:
From November and most commonly late November to December the wildebeest cross back from the famous Maasai Mara national reserve in Kenya to the Northern side of Serengeti national park. At this period the small rains for the second rainy season in Tanzania are expected which leads to the growth of new fresh green pastures. The short green pastures attract the wildebeest mostly as at that time most of the female wildebeests are pregnant and they need specific type of grass for the healthy grows of their calves.
Its around this time of November that the wildebeest start preparing for their next move of the calving season that takes place at Ndutu sector South of Serengeti and North of Ngorongoro. The wildebeest stay in this area for a period of one month and they plan for their next move, following this calendar will give you the best answer for the question that Where is the wildebeest migrate now
In January the wildebeest start their journey to the South East of the Serengeti national park to the Ndutu area located on the Northern part of Ngorongoro conservation area. The wildebeest spend again another two months from this area, this is called the calving season of the wildebeest termed as Calving wildebeest migration. During this period 1000s of newly born calves are born daily and the calving process takes between 1 to 2 weeks only. Within this 2 weeks all the calves are born! This is one of the most deadly time when most of the predators camp in Ndutu as the fresh prey is in plenty.
Ndutu has short fresh nutritious grass that enrich the calves with more food values hence their faster growth. Within the next three months the newly born babies would have gained wait and gotten strong to start their journey to the central Serengeti. So the best time to see the wildebeest migration in Ndutu in around January to February and early March.
In late March to May the wildebeest migrate to the Central section of Serengeti known as the Seronera area. At this time the wildebeest are scattered all over the the Moru Kopjes of Seronera area hence all the guests will be fully parked at the central part of Serengeti at this point. Together with other grazers like Zebras, Gazelles, kobs, Oribi, Topis among others. This is one of the best time to visit Serengeti and stay around Seronera area.
In June the wildebeest migration move further to the North crossing the Grumeti River where some cross while others remain here for transfer back to the Western corridor of Serengeti national park. Grumeti river has a record of big Nile Crocodiles which kill a lot of wildebeest during the migration. This is one of the deadliest migration in all the circles of wildebeest migration with much action packed during the river crossing.
In July the mighty and most known of the Seven wonders of the world happens when the wildebeest crossing the Mara River to the Kenyan Maasai mara national Reserve. The wildebeest pass through Ikorongo as they continue further North of Serengeti National park
During October to early November the wildebeest cross back to the Serengeti national park through the Western Loliondo and Lobo areas as they head to the South of Serengeti national park as the complete their annually movement from one point to another but all centered within Serengeti national park. The fact remains Serengeti national park is a home for the wildebeest migration. When one follows the circular calendar though nature cannot be fully predicted but at least can give one the best basic knowledge of the question Where is the wildebeest migrate now. The other determent and cause of change is the weather if the dry spell prolongs then certainly changes occur but the migration must have happened though the timing may change.