The Wildebeest Migration

As migratory river crossings go, the great wildebeest migration in Tanzania is the most dramatic. Rain-swollen and deep, the river tests the wild herds plunging into its murky, crocodile infested waters as they rush to the other side. Navigating the river’s steep cliffs and fierce currents, they undergo their frenzied migration through the Serengeti National Park to rich grasslands of the park’s southern region of the Ndutu area of the Ngorongoro Conservation.

Following the migration, the safari begins by jeep in the western region of the park near the Grumeti River, where wildebeest move past zebras, elands and gazelles who inhabit this corridor. Not only do wildebeests have to survive the river crossing, the region is home to predators like lions, cheetah, leopards and hyenas. Pressing on to the eastern section of the Serengeti, wildebeests cover the valleys following long rains, pouring through the narrow route toward the Angata Kiti pastures. The safari bears witness to the wildebeest’s annual preservation quest when the animals reach precious grazing land in the Serengeti’s southern region to begin breeding season.

Getting there

Several mobile tented camp companies are available to accommodate safari patrons who come to follow the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti plains. Arrive in Africa by flying into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and transfer to Wilson Airport for domestic flights into Tanzania. Another option is to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and make your way to Tanzania’s northern safari destinations by using charter flights out of nearby Arusha Airport. African Tourists can fly directly from Johannesburg, Mombasa, Lagos, Cairo and other popular African cities. International Tourists will either have to arrive at Dar Es Salaam or Moshi in Tanzania or Nairobi, Mombasa or Eldoret in Kenya.