When does the Great Wildebeest migration take place?

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The Great wildebeest Migration, which takes place in Tanzania and Kenya, is one of nature’s most spectacular occurrences, but how can you know where to go and when to see it? The world’s greatest wildlife display, the 1.5 million animal ungulate (wildebeest) migration, takes place in the Serengeti plains and the Masai Mara hills of Kenya. Over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle migrate in a clockwise direction over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain-ripened pasture, constantly trailed by Africa’s big predators.

The migration moves from Kenya’s Maasai Mara down to Tanzania’s Serengeti’s eastern side into its sweet and fertile southern-grass plains once the “short rains” arrive in November and December. Between January and April, wildebeest and other ungulates congregate here. The ‘long’ rains arrive in April and May, and the migration begins to move north from the impoverished southern plains to the vast grass plains of the western corridor. As the migration returns to Kenya’s Maasai Mara, large river crossings on the Grumeti and Mara Rivers occur as the season dries out and fresh grazing and water can be found in the far north.

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