Great Wildebeest Migration
Guide to the Great Wildebeest Migration in July
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The river crossings continue
The surviving wildebeest, zebra and antelope start to head towards the northern Serengeti, the Grumeti River crossing in their wake, and spread out towards the Ikorongo Game Controlled Area, with some moving further east towards Lobo. The allure of the fresh grasslands in Kenya’s Masai Mara motivate their movements, even knowing the worst is yet to come: the great Mara River.
The Mara River does not necessarily signify entry into Kenya. The large river winds through the north-western Serengeti before meandering into the western Masai Mara. There are a number of water obstacles thrown at the herd on either side of the river throughout July and August, which makes for good viewing in either country.
Maasai Cultural Experiences
Like the animals of the great migration, the traditional Maasai tribe used to live a nomadic lifestyle, moving with their herds to abundant lush pastures throughout the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Today, they are semi-nomadic, and have built huts and bomas in villages where they have become pastoralists – cattle being an essential way of life and an indication of status. Despite this modern shift, they are still fierce warriors and still practise their ancestral way of life with traditional ceremonies, cultural dances, vibrant clothing, and exquisite hand-crafted beadwork. A visit to a local Maasai village to experience this way of life is, for some, the highlight of a visit to East Africa.
Where to stay
Little Governors’ Camp
A short boat ride across the Mara River where the height of the migration action takes place, Little Governors’ Camp is on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve and comprises 17 luxury canvas tents, overlooking a natural waterhole teeming with wildlife all year round. Quiet, undisturbed, and tucked into the edge of a forest, the camp offers guests a wildlife experience that is truly intimate, with phenomenal access to the annual wildebeest migration and dramatic river crossing.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp
Located on the grassy Serengeti plains of the private Grumeti Reserve, forming part of the exciting great wildebeest migration route, Sabora Tented Camp is another incredible property from the Singita group, providing guests with ring side seats to the spectacle. Taking on a more modern approach to the elements of a romantic tented safari, Sabora sets a new standard for luxury adventures under canvas. This, combined with some of the most prized game viewing in Africa, makes Sabora a great choice for the discerning safari traveler.
Operating in the most remote parts of the private Grumeti Reserve, Singita Explore offers guests the opportunity to experience “roughing-it in great style”. This private-use camp is made up of six canvas tents, custom-designed to suit each individual group, and combines the thrill of camping in the wild with all the luxury, comfort and service Singita is renowned for. Perfectly situated on the route of the Great Wildebeest Migration, Singita Explore is an adventure waiting to happen!
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