The Path of the Migration

1. January - March

The migration begins in the Serengeti. Wildebeest tend to congregate in February, when they give birth to 300,000 calves, the reason for concentrating in the south is to give their calves the richest milk, as the soil and grass is rich in potassium, calcium and phosphorus from the volcanic eruptions of two to three million years ago. The southern part of the Serengeti has short grass, so wildebeest prefer to calve here, without fear of predators that typically lurk in taller grass.

2. April - May

By April, most of the grass is gone. As the Serengeti starts to dry up, the herds follow the Grumeti River west.

3. June - July

By June, the Grumeti River is low, often leaving crocodile infested pools as the only water source in the area, and both wildebeest and zebra drink almost three gallons daily, Come July, the main body is in and around Ikorongo and Fort Ikoma. At this time, the herds also hasten their approach to the Masai Mara as the reserve receives rain from Lake Victoria, about 70 miles away.

4. August - September

The main mass reaches the Masai Mara, and the river crossings begin. August is probably the best month to catch a crossing, but take a book and plenty of patience as it is a waiting game, If you’re lucky, you may witness three or four high-drama crossings in one day. The feast-or-famine crocs lick their chops for four months of the year in total, though they can survive on fish and the fat in their tails for a year or more.

5. October - December

The herds turn the corner and head back toward the Serengeti, as the rainy season starts in Tanzania. “By early October the Masai Mara grasslands are pool-table flat,” Now, the million-beast march starts the winding journey south, consuming approximately 5,000 tons of grass a day.

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