You've seen the grandest plays on Broadway and rubbed shoulders with some fabulous folks. However, have you seen the Great Migration? If not, you're missing out. Before the FOMO kicks in, here's everything you need to know about securing the hottest tickets in town.
In short? A baffling, dizzying display of Wildebeest, along with zebra and gazelle, making their way across the African Plains. But there's more to it — no one truly understands why they do it, except for that they are likely following greener pastures. It is so magnificent that it has been declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and rightly so!
Wildebeest are the stars of the show. Approximately 2 million make their way across the plains every year. Their backup dancers as such are the gazelle and zebra, following them on their journey.
They gallavant across two countries, namely Kenya and Tanzania. Kicking off the show in Tanzania's Serengeti Plains, they go all the way to Kenya's Maasai Mara, before looping back to Tanzania.
"You can expect this grand spectacle to occur at roughly the same time every year.
December to March: there's not much happening as they happily graze in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania. However, it is the cutest time as newborn calves make their debut!
April to May: They usually start warming up and moving from Tanzania to Kenya in April to May. During this time, Tanzania's rainfall makes viewing tricky.
June: You can get your first proper glimpse of the spectacle in Western Serengeti during this time.
July: Ta-da-da-dum...drama unfolds! The animals come across their first major obstacle, the mighty Grumeti River, where crocodiles lurk and drowning is not uncommon.
Now, it's Kenya's Turn to Shine.
August: The herds make their way to the Mara Triangle in Kenya. However (gasp!), they must cross another river brimming with ravenous crocodiles.
September to November: During this time, you can get a good look at the millions of animals streaming through the Mara plains.
November to December: It's time for an encore as the herds move back to Tanzania to give birth to their little ones. And so it all starts again! "
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