Serengeti Migration

Serengeti was known as Maasailand. The Maasailand were tough warriors and lived with wild animals. Since Maasais were known to be fierce, they kept the European warriors away from exploiting resources and animals in their land. During 1890s, there was a great drought and epidemic which reduced the number of animals and Maasai.

Serengeti was filled with wild beasts, elephants and other animals. The human population increased and fire which was either set by the Maasai or incidentally broke out burned the new trees. In the following year, tall grasses started growing which encouraged the fire. Eventually the number of trees and animals started reducing. Poaching had increased which reduced the number of elephants.

Serengeti Migration

Facts About Serengeti Migration

Serengeti is a geographical region in Africa. The Serengeti belt stretches from north-western Tanzania and extends to south-western Kenya. Serengeti is known to have the largest mammal migration in the world and is the ten natural wonder of the world. This region has many game reserves and national parks.

In the month of October, about two million herbivores migrate from northern hills to southern plains. They cross the Mara River for rains. Later in April, these herbivores animals return to north crossing the west and cross the Mara River again. This is known as the Circular Migration.

While covering the journey from Tanzania to Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya, about 250,000 wild animals die. The main reason of their death is because of hunger, thirst, predation and exhaustion.

Things to Do in Serengeti Migration

The government of Tanzania and Kenya keep a certain number of Protected Areas like, game reserves, parks and conservation areas that can legally protect about 80% of Serengeti. Maasailand is known to have the best game areas in East Africa.

There are a lot of things to do and see, especially animals in their natural habitat. About 70 km west are Acacia woodlands that stretch towards west to Lake Victoria. Towards the north are the Loita Plains which is north of Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The temperature in Serengeti rises from 15 to 25 degrees. Here the climate is mostly dry and warm but there is rainfall during the months of March and May and for a short time in October and November.

The best month to visit Serengeti Migration is June to August. During August, animals migrate to the far northern region. Here in Serengeti, there are many camps where one can stay and experience the natural beauty of the place.

Serengeti Migration is a place for people who love nature and like to see animals in their natural habitat. There’s a lot of adventure and one of the best experience that a person can be a part of.

Serengeti National Park

Location Tanzania
Coordinates 2°19′58″S 34°34′0″E
Area 14,763 km2
Established 1951