There is no where in the world where travelers can witness the mass movement of animals which is as immense as the wildebeest migration! Every year more than two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National Park.
The Wildebeest Migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and is sometimes referred too as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, or “The World Cup of Wildlife”. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it. The Maasai Mara and the Serengeti National Park together form what no other reserve in Africa can! It is incredible, it is magic, it is indescribable and it is WOW!
No where in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October.
The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Maasai Mara where crocodiles will prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive.
In the Maasai Mara they will be hunted, stalked, and run down by the larger carnivores. The Maasai Mara also has one of the largest densities of lion in the world and is no wonder this is the home of the BBC wildlife channels Big Cat Diary.
Nature’s Great Events: The Great Migration – BBC One
Each year over one million wildebeest and zebra invade the Serengeti grasslands, making it a paradise for the predators the live there.
The annual Great wildebeest migration is a real wildlife spectacle on a huge scale. Every year, vast numbers of wildebeest migrate in search of good, fresh grazing and water: from birth, it is a relentless quest for better food. Large numbers of zebra and gazelle (especially Thomsons), and smaller numbers of antelope accompany the wildebeest. A high proportion of these animals, whose nomadic lives are based in the Serengeti, engage in the annual migration, but not all. Current estimates of the numbers involved in the migration are up to 1.5 million wildebeest, 500,000 gazelle and 250,000 zebra.
The somewhat circular journey of the wildebeest migration follows fairly predictable routes, tracking north through the Serengeti from April-time, arriving in the Masai Mara around August-time, and returning south to the Serengeti around November. However, these timings are approximate as their specific timing is much less predictable, as it is determined by where and when the rainfall occurs (and consequently, where and when the new grass will appear).
National Park Fees
In Tanzania and Kenya, national park fees are charged by the national parks authorities for park entry, camping and vehicle fees before visitors to the parks can enjoy a park and its facilities. These are charged in US$ and are payable locally to the appropriate authority before entry to a park is granted. We have no influence over these fees, none of the income comes to us, and the fees should all be used for upkeep, management and improvement of the East African national parks.
In most cases in Tanzania and Kenya, national park fees are a significant but unavoidable cost to the trekker or walker. In fact, in 2006 the Kilimanjaro park fees suffered a very sizeable increase – clearly the uniqueness of Kilimanjaro had not been lost on the parks authority!
The applicable national park fees for each trip are shown on each trip page under the Prices section and are payable in addition to the trip prices. As a service, for your convenience and security, we collect your national park fees 8 weeks before you travel, and this prevents you from having to carry large amounts of US$ cash whilst travelling to pay over at the park gate. We transfer your park fees and those of the rest of the group to our local agent for him to settle on your behalf at time of park entry.
If you pay your national park fees to us at the time of final payment, we will translate the US$ value into UK£ at the exchange rate applicable at the time. Alternatively, if you prefer, you may settle your national park fees with us in US$, but any bank charges will be at your cost.
For more details about national park fees, please refer to the National Park fees section in our Environment page.
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