The Great Wildebeest Migration

In the animal kingdom, migration is just a natural part of some species’ lives.  Migration happens for a lot of reasons; it can either be caused by the scarcity of food.  Harsh weather conditions or changing seasons, lets look at birds, they travel almost the span of the globe just to avoid the winter frost.  Another common reason why some animals prefer to travel across wide distances is to avoid their natural predators, such as the great wildebeest migration, this is a breathtaking site that happens yearly in Africa around the same time and is a great safari holiday to experience.  Another huge factor is the intervention of humans, with the development of land being re-zoned into industrial or residential often forces some of the natural inhabitants to search for another home, displacing a species or worse, causing their number to dwindle.

On a lighter note, let us focus on the wildebeest migration that always attracts and gathers a lot of interest. The Wildebeest are a common sight in Africa and they rarely travel alone unless sick or dying but rather they travel in groups, and by the word ‘group’, we mean this might reach up to a million in number!  Of course the wildebeest is well known for this yearly migration so what makes their migration so unique?  For one, they travel by the million, so you can just imagine that huge number of buffalo-like animals travelling in a group it really is a breath taking sight to behold!  Your view is filled with the mass movement of wildebeest, sounds of thousands calling to each other and dust billowing into the air from them all moving together in a mass spotting other animals that may travel with them such as the zebras and gazelles that are also traveling to literally greener pastures in search of more food.

Wildebeest are the so-called nomadic animals where the famed wildebeest migration is already part of the African savannah.  It is their way of adapting to Africa’s harsh conditions which entails that they constantly change location every time the food in an area is scarce for the large number of the group.  Wildebeests are also a favorite of one of Africa’s great predator – the Lion.  Lions are very able hunters, but have a hard time catching wildebeest as they travel in a huge pack. So it takes a lot of lion’s, strategy and patience to single out a wildebeest from the group and is nature’s way of culling out the week and sick.

Witnessing an actual wildebeest migration isn’t so hard to do since they are constantly monitored; it is known where they are along Africa’s savannah. All you have to do is book your migration safari with us and prepare for to witness one of the animal kingdom’s greatest travelers, the wildebeest.

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