The annual wildebeest migration takes place in Kenya and Tanzania. It is universally accepted that this migration is one of the most spectacular events in the world of wildlife, and on the planet. However, the question remains: Which is the country provides a better view of the wildebeest Migration? Is it Kenya, or is it Tanzania?
The great wildebeest migration is a purely natural phenomenon driven by a host of unpredictable climatic conditions. It depends on rainfall, availability of green grass etc. For this reason, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact time that the wildebeest will start moving in search of greener pastures. The dates given above are rough estimates- but certainly not too far off the mark. It is advisable to check with your travel specialist for specific movement dates before you travel, lest you be disappointed, however, there are fairly good estimates you can use.
In Tanzania, the wildebeest migration takes place in the Serengeti. The best time to witness the migration is probably February – March. This is the period when the wildebeest and zebra have their young. At his time, you can be treated to a viewing of several bay wildebeests, gazelles and antelopes. The predators are also in the highest number at this time, attracted by the increase in the number of prey available for them. Slowly, the herds move towards the west where they assemble to cross the Grumeti River around June.
At this point, the wildebeest migration plunges into the deep waters while battling strong currents. The Grumeti is filled with several crocodiles awaiting a feast, whose job is to bite and snap, every chance they get. For those that survive this treacherous crossing, lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards await on the other side of the river- all ready for a feast. Only the strong, and sometimes just plain lucky, will survive to enter the Masai Mara. This implies that in Kenya, the best time to see this wildlife spectacle will be from June to October. Once the animals cross into Kenya, they stay here until November, again attracting a large number of predators, making for magnificent wild life viewing. They then head back to the Serengeti between December and January.
So, to answer the initial question, which country provides a better view of the great wildebeest Migration? Like all things in life, it is all about your timing.