Every year, about two million wildebeests, and thousands of animals, such as zebras and antelopes, undertake an epic journey, spanning 3000 kilometres, to migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara, searching for water, and lush plains. The migration takes place throughout the year. In January, wildebeests move to grasslands that can provide sustenance for the young, which are born in February’s calving season. Large herds of animals can be seen grazing. By March or April, the area dries out so the animals move westwards, following the rains towards Lake Victoria where the mating season begins. In June or July, the animals migrate north towards the Maasai Mara and can be seen galloping across the plains and crossing the Mara River. In September, the herds cross back into the Serengeti moving south and start the whole process again.
One of the most spectacular ways to see the magnificent occurrence is to charter a private plane. These private aircraft are equipped for the bush, and can even be taken to remote areas where the travellers can witness the migration without having to face the crowds of other tourists. Tourists can fly from one lodge or camp to another, with reduced travel time, and more luxury and comfort. They can follow the moving herds and track them from above! This would provide a luxurious and unique experience!
Another exciting way is a hot air balloon ride, which will provide a very different and special view of the incredible migration. A hot air balloon offers a unique perspective, as guests glide above the herds, watching them in their natural habitat, without disturbing them. These experiences are not too long, so they can easily be arranged in any safari itinerary. The ride is relaxing, peaceful, tranquil, and private, and guests can escape the crowds.
Adventurers and travellers can opt for yet another unique experience! For an ultimate, close up view of the wild creatures, tourists can hide at specific vantage points, and witness the migrating animals. These offer the experience of a lifetime, as the guest can closely observe the animals from a personal view, but one needs to be very careful about safety. This exciting activity is not for the faint hearted. The hide should be safe, and provide a unique perspective. The tourists can witness the creatures undisturbed in their natural environment.
The ultimate migration viewing experience can be attained by booking a private safari. A luxury, mobile, tented camp follows the migrating animals, and allows the guests to choose how to spend their day. Guests can view the animals from as close as can be managed safely. The camps provide peace, as well as comfort, and are positioned at the most convenient spots to witness the migration. Visitors can even arrange knowledgeable guides to provide interesting information and fun facts, or guards to ensure their safety during walking tours!
For more pocket friendly and budget conscious safaris, choose a public safari, keeping in mind the phrase: ‘The more, the merrier!’. These safaris are often offered in groups, allowing travellers from all over the group to explore as one group. This way, they can not only witness the migration from many different viewpoints, but also learn about other cultures and traditions. As a group, they can point out specific views and spot rare animals, that a single individual might not have been able to see. The experience is enriching because the people share their own ideas, information, and experiences.
The Great Migration is a spectacular occurrence, which is even called a Wonder of the World by some! It can be viewed through a private or shared vehicle safari, a private plane, a hot air balloon ride, or even from a specific safe point near the animals. Witnessing the magnificent event can be an unforgettable and enriching experience, which should be tried by people all over the world!