4 days Masai Mara Migration Kenya

wildebeest migrationThe Great wildebeest migration takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. Between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change. The precise timing of the Wildebeest Migration changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event. Taking place between July and October, but the exact times are dependent on the length of the rainy season preceding it.

This refers to an annual event which sees grazing needs prompting millions of creatures (wildebeest, Thompsons gazelle and the predators that feed on them) to move from Tanzania serengeti National Park to Kenya Masai Mara Game Reserve . The migration covers a distance of about 850 kilometres as the herds trek from Serengeti to Maasai Mara. The migration is made up of around 700 000 zebra followed by 1.3 million wildebeest followed by nearly a million other herbivore herds.

The Reserve is also home to the BBC Big Cat Diaries and comprises around 1500 square kilometres of open plains, woodlands and permanent river systems between the Loita Hills in the east and the Oloololo escarpment to the west.

There's a small selection of lodges and camps offering accommodations, hosting and locations in the Mara - availability depends on a first-come-first-served basis only due to demand at this time of the year.

Mara Group Ranches - This is a much larger expanse of Maasai lands abutting most of the Masai Mara Reserve itself. There are 4 main group ranches (Koyiaki, Lemek/Ol Chorro, Olkinyai and Siana) which make up the conservation area.

Still a wild area in which there's a fairly delicate balance between Maasai grazing their cattle side by side with resident game. Predators are generally scarce but there's still good resident game and the "Loita Migration" moves down from the north-east during June/July.

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