Great Wildebeest Migration
Each time we go to Tanzania, one of our main goals is to photograph the great migration. Literally, millions of animals participate in this spectacle that brings them through the Serengeti and through the two great East African nations of Tanzania and Kenya.
The difficult part of planning trips to Tanzania is that you never know exactly where the herds will be. The Serengeti is a massive area and the animals always follow the rains. If the rain doesn’t fall in the plains, then the animals stay in the Northern areas in the higher woodlands. While the animals are in the northern forests, you don’t see the massive herds because the animals are scattered throughout the woodlands.
You know the animals are all around you, but you don’t get the grand sense of scale you normally see in the plains.
Once the rains begin to fall, there’s a massive movement to the open plains where you can see wildebeest from horizon to horizon. The sight is quite something to behold. So are the flies!
Wildebeest live all throughout the Tanzanian national parks. They are scattered throughout the country, so you don’t necessarily need to track down the migrating herds to find them. In fact, you’ll see more wildebeest than almost any other animal on Safari. Some people love photographing them since they have such interesting faces and horns. Other people take one pic and that’s enough.
On our November safari, we photograph the herds as they are leaving the Mara River and headed to the grasslands. During the May safari, we photograph the wildebeest rut on the central plains. Both trips offer great opportunities for migration photography.