The annual Great Migration, or Great Wildebeest Migration to be more accurate, has been listed as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Therefore, to even make it on to the list, it has got to be pretty fantastic! Who wouldn’t want to see up to two million animals, mostly wildebeest, making the journey en masse from Tanzania to Kenya?
So that you are all prepped before your visit (and to impress all your fellow travellers during game drives) here are some fun wildebeest facts:
- Did you know a new born Wildebeest can be up and running with the herd just three minutes after being born?
- The Migration season is a key time for females to give birth. Amazingly, about 80 percent of the females calve within the same 2-3 week period.
- When neighbouring bulls meet at the edge of their territories, they go through a highly ritualised ‘challenge’ in which they paw the ground and snort.
- During a stampede, wildebeest can run over 50mph!
- Wildebeest are one of a few African antelope whose numbers have increased over the last 50 years in the Serengeti. In 1960, there were about 250,000 and there are thought to be close to 1.5 million today.
Whilst wildebeest are the main players in this migration, you can also expect to see zebra, gazelle, eland and topi as well as lions, hyenas, leopards and other predators taking full advantage of this gourmet dinner!
Due to Mahali Mzuri’s location within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, guests are in a prime position to witness the migration first hand. The times of the Migration do vary slightly year-on-year, but you can expect to see the herds arrive anytime from July to September, and then depart for their return journey to the Serengeti in Tanzania around November. We’re looking forward to you coming to stay with us!