The annual migration of the wildebeest represents the single largest movement of wildlife on planet earth. Dramatic, awe-inspiring, comic and tragic alike, it has been dubbed ‘The Eighth Wonder of the Natural World’ and the ‘Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth.’ Neither title does full justice to the enormity and grandeur of an event that sees multiple herds of 20,000 and more wildebeest careering across the glory of the African savannah in great galloping chains of blue-black creatures.
An ever-revolving cycle of birth, life and death, the 800 km path of the migration is dictated by the hunt for fresh grass and consequently covers both the Serengeti National Reserve of Tanzania and the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya. For this, exceptionally focussed safari, however, our progress is dictated by the movement of the migration itself. As a result, we follow over a million wildebeest, half a million zebra and an accompanying cast of predators through some uniquely different eco-spheres. Firstly, we travel through the enchanted realm of Tarangire National Park to stay on a Maasai ranch where sugar-pink flamingos fringe the lakeside. Next we journey down into the vast basin of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, where we stay in a stone-built lodge that clings high on the very crater’s rim. Finally, having taken in a visit to the birthplace of mankind at Ol Duvai Gorge, we arrive on the endless plains of the Serengeti, where we spend six glorious days in the exploration of this vast yet uniquely diverse wilderness arena. Thereafter, the direction the safari takes depends on the time of year at which you join us. If you arrive in February, then we will follow the herds south to witness the extraordinary spectacle of the calving in the south of the Serengeti National Reserve. If you arrive in September, we travel north to follow the herds as they plunge across the Mara River. In either case, this safari travels by road and is accompanied by professional guides of the highest proficiency.