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Wildebeests Return to the Mara in Rare Event

In a report from Atta – 28 November 2013

Thousands of wildebeest that moved to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in September have returned to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. According to environmentalists, the unusual occurrence has been necessitated by the drought currently ravaging parts of Serengeti plains.

The lack of pasture due to drought has forced the wildebeest to come back to the Mara ecosystem. They exhausted everything in Serengeti plains and returned to the Mara where there are enough pastures that regenerated after tourism peak seasons that started in July. The abnormal occurrence should boost tourism in the county as the tourists who did not witness the spectacular wildebeests migration between July and October have another chance to catch a glimpse when they are crossing Mara River to Masai Mara.

The peak season in Masai Mara starts when the migration of hundreds of wildebeests cross from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Kenya in July.



The migration heading off in search of fresh water and sweet grazing in the Serengeti

Rare but not necessarily unusual

So this is our regular advice – “Each destination is good at completely different times of the year – generally the migration is active in Tanzania’s Serengeti for 9 months; it’s active in Kenya’s Masai Mara for 3 months during August/September/October.”

  • The truth about the annual migration won’t be found in a text book explanation with a map showing how the pattern works through the months year by year – instead this great body of animals will go where the food and water is.
  • Their path en route, dictated by physical barriers; mountains and rivers.

Essential reading for planning a migration safari

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