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Month by month:

When the rain begins in early November the short grass plains of the Serengeti begin to sprout. Shortly after this, in late November/early December, the great herds of the migration arrive. Spread across the plains, Wildebeest, Zebra and the accompanying handful off Thompson's and Grant's gazelles cover the plateaus feeding on the fresh, nutritious grasses. There’s enough nutrition here to keep them through January, February and March, with most wildebeest calves born during a short February window. Gradually they move west across the plains just north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Then nearing April they start their great migration north.

By May the Serengeti's herds are all in motion in an active northern migration, seeking fresh grazing grounds and water. Hundreds of thousands of animals traveling in massive plain covering columns spread the area around Moru Kopjes and west of Seronera.

Around June the wildebeest migration is often halted by the Grumeti River many channels and canals. The wildebeest then congregate there, gaining in density until crossing the river. The river here is usually a collection of non-continuous pools and channels at this stage and while the large Grumeti crocodiles often collide with the herd starting there feast, the real battle is further north, at the crossing of the Mara river.

During the following months, July and August, the incredible herd sweeps north, broadening their front as the cross the plains. Some head through the Grumeti Reserve and others north through the heart of the Serengeti National Park.

September brings the herds to the northern Serengeti, where the powerful Mara River proves the most dangerous and serious obstacle. Watching the frenzied herds of the wildebeest migrate the Mara River can be exceptionally spectacular. There are often scenes of great panic and is common to see misguided herds cross the Mara River more than once following confused leaders back to face the crocs.

By October the great herds of wildebeest are migrating again with a grim determination, all heading south, returning to the spring shoots which follow the rains and the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in November giving new life to the cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

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