The Marvellous Migration
Sara • 07/17/2023
Did you know that the biggest animal migration on earth takes place all year around?
The Migration starts in the south eastern part of the Serengeti Ecosystem of Ndutu Plains in Tanzania where the animals (Wildebeest & Zebra) calve their young. They choose this spot as it’s short, sweet grass made mineral rich by ancient volcanic ash. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of the migration happens is in the Serengeti not the Mara.
Once they’ve eaten the short grass, they move north west to the Grumeti Plains and its here at the grand Grumeti river that the animals first cross. The main migratory herd is about a million and a half – a phenomenal site to behold.
Around June/ July they turn more North East towards the Mara where they cross across the Mara and Sand River. The reason the Mara is so popular is because the animals stay here for 3 – 4 months and form a figure of eight zig zagging across the river, eating the grass as it grows.
Of course, because there is such a plethora of herbivores, predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and crocodiles are there, ready for action.
Some people love watching kills and others prefer to avert their eyes? Which camp do you sit in?