The Great Migration

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The Great Migration

In Kenya and Tanzania every year is possible to see the Great Migration Of Wildebeests, although thousands documentaries, many people don’t know what is, so we can try to explain shortly. Many people think Great Migration  is around August, yes is true but only in Kenya, you need to know the migration is during all the year so even the other months it’s possible to see the migration you need to follow the migration like the wildebeests follow the rains. For to understand the migration we try to follow the circuit they do, according with the logic ask, we establish the beginning with the born of the Wildebeests, because this is event inside event.

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Wildebeests in January regroup in the Lake Ndutu area, located in South Serengeti in Tanzania, the born event is around fifteen or twenty days, in this small time almost all the pregnant wildebeests gives birth. This event is in the logic of the herd, if they born all together the predators can’t compromise the survival of the herd because they are a lot, many will be killed by lions or hyenas or cheetah but many more will survive, so this permit the herd surviving. For people who never see migration or didn’t safari, we want to say we are talking about the more big event of the world wild animal, the herd is between 1.5 and 1.8 million animals and beyond the wildebeests there are even zebras and Grant’s and Tomson’s gazelles. So you imagine this quantity of animals regrouped in some square kilometers, all this pregnant wildebeests and the predators looking around waiting the best moment to assault the babies, is apocalyptic scenery? Yes is it, and many time when you looking this, your heart is painful, but this is the nature and is important don’t interfere. More important is, when you will be there and you’ll fill compassion, you’ll ask to yourself if that is right, ask yourself what we can do as human for to protect or at least don’t destroy the world wild animal?

Coming back to our migration, after the birth event ,the herd start to move in the north direction, in this movement the herd is not compact, is divided in many small or medium herds, any herd can be up to around eighty thousands wildebeests, and they occupy a large space. The migration is slow and in the same time the animals graze and eat the abundant grass growth with the rain.

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 In this first step the period don’t change a lot, but the speedy of movement of the herds depend from many factors and the more important is the rain, so is difficult to say when exactly they will be in center/north Serengeti,   approximately is May. At this step the herds moves in more directions but ever looking North and they arrive slowly in the Grumeti  area and the border from Tanzania and Kenya, is arrived the more important moment for photographers and tourists, the Grumeti and Mara crossing.

Close Grumeti and Mara rivers they can stay even more time waiting the moment when his instinct will push the first wildebeest to jump, after him all the herd jumps included zebras and gazelles. Like the birthing event the jumping have the same mechanism, Nile crocodiles in the river and lions and cheetah in the other riverside waiting them, but if they cross all together only small can 0be killed by predators and the survival of the herd is guaranteed.

 

The moment arrive from the beginning of June and the first half of August, impossible to know when, scientist even don’t know exactly, yes the reins have big impact in the movement but is not only that.

When you see for the first time the crossing is an incredible emotion, difficult to forget, the jump, the long crossing, the crocodile attack, you are inside the documentary but you are not in front of a television, it’s the reality.

Another danger moment is passed and now the herds move around Masai Mara where they stay up around September October when will start the return in Serengeti. Again they cross Mara and Grumeti rivers and then pole pole ( slowly slowly in Kiswahili) they comeback at the South Serengeti in the Lake Ndutu area, so now you can understand way at the beginning I talked about “circuit”, it’s a ring and the wildebeests do perennial movement.

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