The wildebeest crossing of the Mara River in the Serengeti National Park is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet. This natural phenomenon occurs as part of the Great Migration, an annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores in search of food and water. Here’s some information about this incredible event:
Timing: The timing of the wildebeest river crossings can vary from year to year, but they typically take place between July and October. The exact timing can depend on weather conditions and the movement of the herds.
Location: The Mara River is the primary river where these dramatic crossings occur. It runs through the northern part of the Serengeti in Tanzania and into Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The crossing points often change from year to year, as they depend on the location of the migrating herds and the water levels in the river.
Dangers: The river crossings are incredibly perilous for the animals. Crocodiles lie in wait, ready to snatch a meal as the wildebeest and zebras struggle across the fast-flowing, crocodile-infested waters. The banks of the river are often steep and muddy, making it difficult for the animals to climb out. Many are injured or killed during these crossings.
Spectacle: From a wildlife viewing perspective, witnessing a Mara River crossing is a breathtaking experience. It’s a true spectacle of nature, with thousands of animals rushing to the river, the chaos and drama of the crossing itself, and the predators lurking nearby.
Safaris: To witness the Mara River crossings, many visitors go on guided safaris in the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. Experienced guides and drivers know the best spots to view the crossings and can provide valuable insights into the animals’ behavior and the ecological importance of the event.
Itinerary in Glance
1 night in Arusha, 1 night in Tarangire, 1 night in Central Serengeti, 2 nights in Northern Serengeti, 1 night in Ngorongoro crater.
Day 1 – Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
Day 2 – Arusha – Tarangire
Day 3 – Tarangire to Central Serengeti
Day 4 – Central Serengeti to Northern Serengeti
Day 5 – Northern Serengeti
Day 6 – North Serengeti – Ngorongoro highland Area
Day 7 – Ngorongoro crater tour back to Arusha
Price: USD 2500 per person