Africa's Great Migration: A Safari Adventure of a Lifetime

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Africa's Great Migration: A Safari Adventure of a Lifetime

Big herd of wildebeest and zebras are about to cross Mara River in Masai Mara National Park during the Great Migration through Kenya and Tanzania.

Africa's Great Migration: A Safari Adventure of a Lifetime

Africa's Great Migration: A Safari Adventure of a Lifetime

By Sylvia Arad

So many people's vision of Africa is the stampede of wildebeest and zebras making their annual migration across the Bush. While some 1 million-plus wildebeest (along with a quarter million zebra & half-million gazelles) do make the trek, it isn't across the entire continent; nor is it an exact planned event if you're wanting to see it live.

It isn't as simple as, "Oh, it's January 15th, so time to move the herd from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya". Factors such as rain and food sources make the final determination of when and where the animals roam.

Whether the Great Migration of animals in Africa occurs, or not, the calving season for the Wildebeest generally happens from late-January to the middle of March. Between these six weeks, almost a half a million baby Wildebeest are born.

But, life out on the African Plains isn't an easy one. Many predators know the Wildebeest's cycles, often choosing to prey on them. If you can get past the brutality of it, visitors to Africa are shown an even bigger assortment of game, like cheetahs, lions, and hyenas.

As March turns into late Autumn and early Winter (you're south of the Equator, so seasons are reversed), the Great Migration of animals generally turns a westerly route. The route is a perilous one, as millions must cross the Grumeti River. Crocodiles are on the hunt, ready and able to lighten the herd.

There's no rest for the wandering herds of zebras, gazelles, and Wildebeest. over the next five months their trek brings them closer to another risky crossing, this time the Mara River. The ones who survived the early river crossing now have to try to do it again, as crocs here are also lying in wait.

So many come to Africa to see this migration, but not fully understanding the complexities of it. No rain means no Wildebeest, and the migration that would've happened, doesn't. And if the rains come early, then they move on early. But, if you've yearned your whole life to see this cycle of life then your best choice is to stay in one of Africa's mobile tent camps.

Experienced safari guides can help bring you closer to the action that you might never have seen otherwise, as they follow the herds (and abreast of the weather).

To see any part of this event live, is a sight to behold. Truly a trip of a lifetime to see once.

I'm a trip consultant, planner and manager who loves creating unique intercultural adventures for families. I want to impart information, tips and personal experiences especially related to family adventure travel. Please contact me to help you in planning your travel adventure.

[http://www.familyadventuretravelworks.com], Sylvia@travelworks4u.com

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Sylvia Arad

Sylvia is a trip consultant, planner and manager who creates unique intercultural adventures for families and loves to impart information, tips and personal experiences especially related to family adventure travel.

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