Tanzania offers a front-row seat to one of nature’s greatest shows, the yearly migration of wildebeest and zebra. It is arguably the finest chance you will ever have to witness a large number of African animals all at once during this annual event, which involves thousands of animals moving over the Serengeti plains in search of food.
For those who enjoy wildlife, the annual round migration of over a million animals through the Serengeti-Mara habitat is known as The Great Migration.
The wildebeest, along with other companion animals, are the main migrants as they look for food and water supplies. The voyage starts in the Serengeti region of southern Tanzania, close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is home to the wildebeest’s calving grounds. The Masai Mara in Kenya is eventually reached after they journey across the Serengeti to the north. By the end of the year, the animals will have completed a full circuit as they will have traveled back south to the Serengeti. The journey is loaded with high-stakes drama along the route, with predators preying on thousands of animals and thousands more giving birth to ensure the biodiversity of the ecosystem.
One of the most amazing things to ever happen on the world is the Great Migration, a natural phenomena. Over 1.2 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebras, together with other grazing species, pass through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem during this yearly event, which is the biggest herd movement of animals on Earth. Since there are so many creatures migrating, it may be seen from space.
Each wildebeest will migrate between 800 and 1000 kilometres following established migration routes, guided by their instincts. They run into several obstacles along the road, like as crocodiles, wild dogs, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other predators. The phrase “the greatest show on Earth” also applies to this struggle for survival.
The wildebeest’s migratory path begins in southern Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where they give birth to their young, then travels north through the Serengeti before crossing into Kenya’s Masai Mara. The full migration cycle is then completed by the animals’ return to the south. The voyage is fraught with danger: crocodiles take their fair share of stragglers; small calves are preyed upon by predators; some wildebeest break their legs on steep river slopes; and the weak and exhausted drown.