Serengeti national park boasts with the largest mammal migration on earth. The wildebeests migration is very spectacular with over 2 million animals moving to the famous Masai mara game reserve in Kenya. The migration takes place every year. Every January and February is the calving time for wildebeests in Serengeti and about 8000 wildebeests are born each day. The ecosystem of Serengeti boasts with diverse flora and fauna and is also the oldest ecosystem on planet. In about a million years, there’s nothing that has changed in Serengeti from the waterways, animals and plants. The only active volcano in the area of Serengeti is Ol doinyo lengai. The carbonate lava out of it flows to the Serengeti plains making the land fertile. All the three big cats can easily be spotted in Serengeti and these are leopards, cheetahs and lions.
When to go on Serengeti Holidays
This best time for viewing the great wildebeest’s migration is July to October. February is the best time to watch the young wildebeests being born. About 8000 calves are born in the plains. March to May is the time wildebeests move to Masai Mara. The Grumeti river gets grilled with drama of giant crocodiles catching their prey.
September is the best time for seeing the wildebeests crossing the Mara river. Apart from the great wildebeests migration, tourists can still find most of the animals in the park such as lions, cheetahs, elephants, warthogs, leopards and many others including primates like vervet monkeys, to mention a few. The time of the wildebeests migration varies every year depending on the rainy season.
March and April is the worst time for viewing Serengeti. The grasses are tall therefore making it hard to spot animals and mist of the walking trails are very slippery. November to May is the best time for bird watching. The migratory birds are present in the park. During the dry season animals will be easy to spot because they concentrate on the main water holes in the park as the temporal ones dry out. Chances of also contracting malaria in the dry season are very minimal unlike in the wet season, there are usually no mosquitoes. The advantage of the wet season is that it will be less crowded and some hotels lower their rates, which is an advantage for budget tourists.