If you have ever watched a documentary or footage of the Great Wildebeest migration on Youtube you will have an idea of what an amazing spectacle it is, seeing it up close in the wild multiplies the awe factor by 100, it’s difficult to describe in words.
I set off for east Africa to watch this very spectacle after arranging a 10-day all-inclusive Migration safari through the African Safari Home Company. They essentially requested my budget, number of travelers and completely designed the best package for my needs. I highly recommend them.
The Wildebeest or more specifically Blue Wildebeest migrate looking for better food and surface water in the dry season. Wildebeest move in large herds for protection. The older Wildebeest protect the smaller, young Wildebeest in the middle and move at speeds of up to eighty kilometres an hour. (roughly 50 miles per hour)
This makes for an amazing game viewing experience as they are typically joined by other game like zebra, which also look to the security of the large herd.
What are they seeking protection from you may ask. This is where the game viewing experience kicks into high gear. Crocodiles try snipe the Wildebeest when they cross rivers, Lions will try get them on the plains and Hyenas, well Hyenas will try hunt them down in packs wherever they can, typically looking for small or injured prey.
Visiting East Africa to watch the migration is also not as costly as visiting some other African countries as Tanzania is relatively well priced, offering great value. My full 10-day experience cost $3500, which is the deal of a lifetime for the memories I will have for the rest of my life.