Serengeti National Park – Tanzania‘s oldest and perhaps Africa’s most iconic and well known wildlife area, its name appropriately translates as “endless plains”, inspiring countless filmmakers, photographers, and authors over the years.
Each year, over 1.5 million wildebeest (not to mention 200,00 zebra) make the treacherous annual Migration northwards into Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of fresh grazing. It’s a tough journey born out of necessity as these animals seek food and water and, in fact, each year 10’s of thousands do not make it. As is nature’s way, large groups of predators (lions, cheetahs, leopard) are attracted to these masses, the result of which is a truly epic and moving experience.
One of the most memorable images of the Migration arises in the two major river crossings (the Mara and Grumeti) the animals must endure on their route. They must contend with the crocodiles and other predators that are drawn in by the possibility of easy pray. Plenty of lion, leopard, hyena, and wild dog follow these herds along their route. Consequently viewers at this point of the migration have a heightened chance of witnessing a kill.
Click to learn more about the camps found in the Serengeti area