Archive for the ‘Great Migration’ Category

The Great Wildebeest Migration

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

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.

Serengeti Great Migration Update

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Serengeti Great Migration Pack has now clearly moved South, and it is time for our teams to dismantle our North Serengeti Camp and to move South, towards Piaya, near the Gols Mountains, and to prepare the new upcoming season with a new camp.

This new camp will be ready from the middle of December, to welcome our valued customers during this new phase of the Great Migration.

Every year, between January and May, the impressive mass of the Wildebeests and other herbivores gathers in the South-East of the Serengeti Plains, called by a very powerful animal instinct. It is during this time, and in a spirit of species conservation, that the females will give birth to their little ones, in group! This is to ensure the survival of the young ones, as they know the predators are there, ready to take any chance to snatch a young prey!

Click here for a full Safari program focusing on the Births of the Great Migration in Tanzania.

News Update on the Serengeti Migration

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Since early September, the Serengeti Great Migration pack of animals has already started its return South towards the Tanzanian plains. We have anticipated this natural movement and our camp, based on the Mara river since the end of June has been moved to Lobo. (see map on the left hand side).

The last Mara river crossings can still be observed from this base, within 1 hour drive, but here in Lobo, you will be at the heart of this natural animal movement during your Migration Safari in Tanzania.

Towards the end of October, early November, our camp will move southwards and will be operational at the end of December near Piaya, when the wilderbeests, zebras and other herbivores will have returned South to give birth.

Find out more about Corto’s Migration Camps in Serengeti, Tanzania.

North Serengeti – Migration Safaris with Corto

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Our first customers have arrived at the Mara River Corto Private Camp this month and had a lot of fun… Indeed for the first time ever, Corto has set up a camp at the Kenyan border. on the shores of the Mara River.  This new observation post has allowed our customers to take some wonderful pictures. Come and see them on our Facebook page.

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The mass of Wildebeests, Zebras and other herbivores comes up the Serengeti plains and crosses the River from South to North on its way to the Kenyan Masai Mara.

For the true lovers of this intense animal activity, we have put online a 4 day Migration Safari in Tanzania. This will take you straight to the Serengeti, from Arusha, by plane.

See this itinerary

A Luxury Safari in Tanzania

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Un Hébergement de Luxe au SerengetiA new Tanzania Safari special Migration with Corto. Find yourself at the heart of the Great Wildebeests Migration in the Serengeti – and do it in style – with top quality accommodation – such as the Tarangire Treetops, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, the Kempinski Bilila Lodge and the Asilia Sayari Camp. Our very experimented guides, our know-how and our very well equipped 4×4 vehicles are as always there during your stay.

Check the full online program and contact us for a customized quotation…

http://www.cortosafaristanzania.com/luxury-safari-migration-7-days.php

Cleaners of the Savannah

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Tonight on Arte, a documentary on the Serengeti’s Great Migration of the Wildebeests and the Mara River crossings between Tanzania and Kenya. A must-see documentary. Corto is pleased to remind our customers and followers that we are one of the very few companies with a tented camp in this area. Please visit our pages on the Serengeti Great Migration and our Corto Camp Mara. We even have migration safari sample itineraries online.

Link to the Documentary onArte: http://www.arte.tv/fr/Comprendre-le-monde/Afrique-2010/3278702.html

Tanzania Safari special Mara River – see our sample itineraries: