Kempinski Blog Article
The Great Wildebeest Migration is a truly awe-inspiring event. During this time, over one million wildebeest move through the Masai Mara ecosystem in search of greener pastures. Accompanied by roughly one million zebra and gazelles, this is surely one of the most magnificent wonders of the natural world - and something few people get to experience in their lifetime.
Why do the wildebeest migrate?
The two-million strong herd of wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem, following the rainfall. On a continuous hunt for food and water, the timings and exact whereabouts of the wildebeest can vary year after year based on changing weather conditions.
The wildebeest begin in Tanzania, and whilst on the move fulfil much of their lifecycle. Throughout January to March, before migration, it is calving season and most of the herd will stay in the far south. As they progress throughout the year, the wildebeest will also court and mate as the cycle of life continues.
When and Where?
Visitors come to Kenya specifically to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration. It is recommended that the best time to visit the Masai Mara for this event is between July/early August and late September into October. During this time the wildebeest enter the northern Serengeti plains to cross the Mara River.
With the large numbers of tourists set to travel to Kenya for this unmissable event, it is important to book your trip early. Base yourself in the perfect location and stay with us at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara. In a prime location, it is only an hour’s drive through sweeping plains to the Mara River - the spot where groups of up to 20,000 wildebeest dramatically scramble through the water creating a breath-taking spectacle. During this period, river crossings often happen daily, reducing any chance of disappointment.
Further Migration Opportunities
Known as ‘one of Kenya’s best-kept wildlife secrets,’ the Loita Migration sees a movement of up to 250,000 wildebeest and zebra from Loita Hills into the Masai Mara itself.
This occurs between January and March, perfect if you cannot make the Great Wildebeest Migration. Furthermore, the two events actually coincide throughout mid-July and August, creating an even more overwhelming spectacle than seeing one of the migrations in isolation. Combined, they span a greater surface area of Masai Mara.
If you wish to schedule your trip between January and March, the concierge at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara will be more than happy to provide all the information you might need in order to make the most of your trip. Our staff will also be happy to help you schedule your visit if you wish to witness both the Loita Migration with the Great Migration between July and August.
Reasons to Visit
Simply put, both The Great Wildebeest Migration and Loita Migration should be on everybody’s bucket-list. Listed as seventh on USA Today’s New Seven Wonders, this event is recognised as one of the most spectacular sights in the world.
Whichever migration event you are lucky enough to witness, the team at the Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara will be glad to offer any advice you need, Just get in touch!