Does anyone know whether the wildbeest in the Mara are still crossing?


Country: Kenya


Good quiz. Yes they are now crossing going back to Serengeti and the best place to see them is on the mara triangle that is on the transmara side around Serena area
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Great interest you have in wild beasts, this is a historic event and which you should purpose to witness.
it is the season when the wild beasts are crossing back to Serengeti, and it could be fantastic to watch the migration.
for you to enjoy your visit to the Mara national park, purpose to go for a game drive around the transmara side and be rest assured to enjoy the scenery.
A few answers to some questions may help a little towards explaining the phenomenon better.

So what is the big deal regarding the migration?
The migration is truly one of nature's most spectacular displays. Almost two million animals move across the African savannah in search of grass and water and have been doing so for thousands of years.

Wildebeest form the bulk of the migration but they are accompanied by zebra and gazelles.
The herds move between the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya .

Will I be guaranteed of seeing the migration?
This will depend on where and when you book your safari but even then - as with all wildlife sightings in Africa - nothing can be guaranteed.

Although there are certainties with the migration, the exact time of the animals' movements cannot be foretold. The timing depends on the rains.

It is certain that they will move but predicting their exact location at specific times cannot be done.

There is the opportunity to book on tented/lodge safaris that move with the herds but even this safari cannot guarantee a sighting as the companies that provide the service are only allowed to operate in their respective countries and the herds may prolong a stay in an area for a number of reasons.

When is the best time to visit a country in order to see the migration?
Once again an exact time table is impossible to calculate as the movement of the herds is controlled by natural forces but what is certain is that the herds settle for a few months on the nutritious southern plains of the Serengeti to give birth.

This occurs from December through to April/May when they will start moving north again through the Western Corridor.

They generally cross into the Masai Mara in Kenya in August/September before heading south in November/December.

Booking a safari around these dates will not necessarily guarantee a migration experience but it will provide a great chance to view the herds.

Where is the best place to view the migration from?
To view the herds gathered in one area - if it is a vast area - then the southern plains of the Serengeti are the best place to be from January through to April.

This is the time that the females give birth. The Masai Mara in October is also a time when the herds stretch across the open plains in vast numbers.

For sheer drama there is the "adrenaline-surging” sight of the river crossings where the herds have to swim across rivers that host some of Africa 's largest crocodiles.

These reptiles generally do not feed much during the year - they gorge themselves at the time the herds cross the rivers.

The Grumeti and Mara rivers are where the most dramatic interactions are viewed. For the Grumeti crossing June is probably the best time to visit, although this changes each year.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or assistance that you may require, the best deals Eyes on nature expeditions has to offer. Individual and discounted group rates also available on request.

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Good question there.Was on a plane tour over those sides and from the look of things the land there is so so dry so they could be migrating across the neighboring country which lies on the lee ward side of mt.Kilimanjaro;Weather know what that means.
Hi Regina,
Yes they are on the Transmara side of the Mara Triangle. This is the last group back to Serengeti. By the next two weeks they will all be gone back.
Thanks for good question , wild beast are going back to Serengeti because they cross to Mara from June to Septermber and Octmber to they going crossing back to Serengeti .
Are they crossing now? First I assume that your question refers to the Mara river. no. they are already back in the Serengeti. The wildebeests in the Mara now are the resident ones.

Wildebeests are always migrating. It is a cycle that lasts 12 calender months 9 guess they do read the calender) in the Serengeti, they are still in the agitated mode as they move further southwards. They still "cross" whatever streams and rivers they encounter. They will start heading north again towards Kenya in the month of February and march reaching our border again about late July.

It is just a bit difficult to see them in Tanzania for several reasons and that is why many opt to wait to see them in Kenya; not to mention the spectacular Mara river crossings.
Thanks for your qerry,The wildbeasts are still crossing you still have time to watch the great wildlife in the Mara,We can help you plan a fantastic holiday combined with real luxury accommodation in our camp ,Enchoro Wildlife Camp Oloolaimutia Gate our camp web is and tours with us you will simply experience freedom in the wilderness
yes,their are crossing back to serengeti,the view this time us better because the water level is higher.
Considering that the rains are back, i believe the they will be back this year round. we can not really predict that but if history is anything to go by then we are in for another treat.
Hey, the wildebeest migration has stopped..the herd has crossed back again to Tanzania untill early June next year when the migration will return to maasai mara.
the crossing is still on and the water levels is improving. visit the place before its too late.we can take you there us on
The migrating Wildbeest are now crossing back to Tanzania, they are now concetrated at the border and around Mara Serena Area

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