The Spectacular Maasai Mara Wildebeest Migration Begins

If you are looking for a best tourist vacation this season, then the Maasai Mara game reserve should be top on your list. The park is receiving hundreds of thousands of wildebeests from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara in Kenya.The spectacular wildebeest migration attracts so many people from around the world.

Tourists are already flocking the park to watch the spectacular encounter that is among the 7 wonders of the wild.

Camps and lodges are already experiencing a surge in the number of domestic tourists despite the Covid-19 crisis, with over 300 people having registered their entry into the reserve at the Sikinani gate in less than a week.

Matira Bush Camp directors Antony ole Tira and Monica Brown said they are targeting local tourists coming in to witness the spectacle, dubbed one of the new wonders of the world.

“We have an exclusive offer of Sh9500 to local tourists during these tough times, down from the sh28,000 we usually charge during this high season,” Mr Tira said.

At the same time, some of those touring the reserve are seeking alternative cheaper accommodation in hotels and lodgings in Sikinani and Talek.

“We’re now renting our rooms at between Sh2,000 and sh3,000 to visitors who are not able to stay in high-end hotels inside the reserve,” Mzee Kipeen ole Sayiale said.

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The great Wildebeest Migration. Photo Courtesy

The Migration

This great spectacle of nature is an iconic safari option for avid travelers, nature lovers and those who want a little more from their African experience.

Migration Cycle

January, February and March Migration

Over a million wildebeest and zebra spend the first months of the year in the great plains of the Serengeti, feeding off the short grass and preparing for migration.

The majority of wildebeest calves are born here in February, with around half a million new calves in the Serengeti that month.

April and May Migration

April usually brings the first signs of migration, with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest beginning their arduous journey across the western plains and finally north towards Mbalagweti River.

June, July and August Migration

By July, the herds head north towards the fresh grass of the Masai Mara in Kenya. The exciting events of the Great Migration, usually start in July, but the precise timing depends on the rains.

With treacherous water currents and Nile crocodiles lurking in the muddy waters and lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas waiting on the river banks, only the strongest survive.

The millions of wildebeest face a breathtaking challenge of crossing the Mara river too which is full of crocodiles ready to make a kill.

The eye of the migration moves to Kenya and the Masai Mara while the beasts go in search of fresh grass to graze.

September October Migration

This trend goes on into September and October. This is a wonderful time to be on safari in the Masai Mara. As the rains begin in October, the herds begin their long journey South back to the Serengeti following the new grass.

November December Migration

This is a wonderful time to be on safari in the Masai Mara. As the rains begin in October, the herds begin their long journey South back to the Serengeti following the new grass.

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