The annual Great Migration of over 1.8 million wildebeest, almost half a million gazelles, and nearly a quarter million zebra starts out from the south of the Serengeti (Ndutu Plains), with the birth of over half a million calves between January and March. The air during these months is full of new life and action, and predators constantly hunt for babies when thousands of calves are born each day. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas and other predators and scavengers follow the herds, so get ready to keep your eyes peeled. When the drought nears at the end of May, the mega herd moves north towards Northern Serengeti and the Masai Mara. The migration, however, is not without risk as crossing over the Mara River means facing crocodiles and the famous Serengeti lion population patiently waiting for a kill.
With the beginning of the short rains in November, the herds make their way back into the Serengeti, and by December, the herds trek past Seronera to return to their calving grounds in the Ndutu Plains in the South where their migration kicked off, and the circle is complete. To witness the Great Migration is an experience that will boggle the mind, as the animals cover the endless plains like ants as far as the eye can see! No wonder the Great Migration is called one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders!