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Safari Newsletter Dated May 16, 2016
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
The annual migration of nearly 2 million wildebeest, zebras and
gazelles through Tanzania and Kenya is a spectacle unlike any other.
I've witnessed the Great Migration
firsthand -- the animals'
journey follows a predictable route, but the exact timing varies a bit
each year, depending on the start and severity of the dry season
throughout eastern Africa.
Wildebeests and zebras typically spend December to April
Tanzania, nursing new calves born in the spring. The slow-moving calves
draw the attention of lions, cheetahs and hyenas, and this mix of
predator and prey offers prime wildlife-viewing opportunities in nature
preserves like Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation
Area. For a list of safaris that visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro
between December 2016 and April 2017,
The seasonal rains usually end in May
. Grass and leaves wither,
forcing grazing species to move west and then north in search of food.
This is the start of the Great Migration, a steady stream of animals in
columns that can stretch for miles, heading toward the western and
Predators -- more territorial than migratory -- await the zebra and
wildebeest as these animals pass through their hunting grounds. The
migrating herds must cross the Grumeti River, where crocodiles will
feast on the weak and the slow. Scavenging birds watch from treetops and
circle overhead. June and July
are the best months for witnessing
the Great Migration in the western and northern Serengeti of Tanzania.
For a list of safaris that visit the Serengeti in June and July,
As the summer progresses, the herds travel farther north. Between July
and August, they cross the Mara River, where some are lost in surging
floodwaters and others are seized by waiting crocs. They move into
Kenya, typically reaching the abundant greenery of the Masai Mara in
August or September
, a dazzling number of animals within a single
nature preserve. For a list of safaris that visit the Masai Mara
National Reserve in August and September,
Some naturalists claim that the Masai Mara contains the largest
concentration of predators along the migratory route. The animals will
stay here until October or November
. Most safaris visit the area
before fall brings another rainy season to the plains and the herds turn
south toward Tanzania.
Those animals that complete the journey will have traveled more than
1,800 miles, covering Africa's vast grasslands in a clockwise direction.
To see an animated map of the Great Migration,
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