By Josie  February 22nd, 2023

The Complete Guide

Wildebeest Migration

The Wildebeest migration is one of the fascinating natural phenomena of our time.

Let's dive deeper:

It is bound to take your breath away.

Wildebeests eat almost exclusively grass, and when a grazing ground is eaten, they move on.

What is the Wildebeest Migration?

400,000 antelopes and 200,000 zebras join them on a journey of almost 2,000 miles. 

In February/March the wildebeest find rest and give birth to roughly 500,000 calves.

When Is the Wildebeest Migrations

In April the animals follow the rain and move to the west of the Serengeti and then they migrate step by step  northwards

Where Is the Wildebeest Migration

The route of the animals varies every year and is therefore impossible to predict.

So seeing the Great Migration is partly a matter of luck. A good safari guide is also essential.

Main Locations

– Serengeti, Tanzania

– Maasai Mara, Kenya

Wildebeests, also called Gnus, are large members of the antilope family.

What Is a Wildebeest

Wildebeests form large herds in which several thousand to one hundred thousand animals live.

The influence of changing rainy and dry seasons sometimes change the cycle by several weeks.

Impact of Climate Change

The route also changes a little bit each year.


Every year many thousands wildebeest and zebras die during the strenuous and dangerous migration because of hunger, thirst, weakness or predators like lions, cheetahs or hyenas

Wildebeests and zebras need each other: wildebeests are good at finding water sources and zebras know the way of the migration.

Wildebeests & Zebras

They can travel together peacefully because they both eat a different part of the same grass.

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Seeing the Wildebeest migration should definitely feature on your bucket list!

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