This time of year is for setting goals. We look at the year that was and make plans for 2017. What better than to organise your African safari tour.
Well, if there’s one thing you should add to your new year’s bucket list, it’s this – the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Wildebeests & Zebras, oh my!
Every year, wildebeests and zebras migrate to Serengeti National Park. The way they circle around the park and over into Kenya is nothing short of amazing.
On an African Safari tour, you will witness the park as one of the most famous in the world for its incredible lions. But it’s this great migration that sets it apart.
The wildebeest, 1.5 million of them to be exact, lead the pack in this 1,200- mile adventure. Approximately 200,000 zebras keep them company in their journey. For the zebras, searching for rains is natural for them.
The migration takes place across 150,000 square miles of hills, open plains and woodlands – an area that spans not only in the Serengeti national park and Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve but also the dispersal areas beyond.
When does the migration start?
It’s happening now! So, block out your calendar for this time next year.
The short rains start in early November, which initiates the migration to make it’s way back down to the southern plains in the Serengeti. It normally lasts through to December, so this is a good time to be anywhere in the north of the park. The sweet spot is between Klein’s Camp and the Lamai Wedge before they head for greener grass in the south.
Nearly half a million calves are born and they start their search for water – as the rain ends in May the grazing animals battle a quick-drying land. On an African tour, you can see as they continue in search of grass well into the Maasai Mara.