Tanzania: Serenegeti NP – Wildebeest Migration: The Rains

Driving south surrounded by moving migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra, we finally got into the dark clouds, it began to rain, and we were soon surrounded by endless expanse of fresh bright green grass. By mid December, the massive migration arrives here to the southern Serengeti – the short grass plains. These are south and east of the Ndutu Gate and include the north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The entire area gets quite heavy rains every day during short rains season and the landscape becomes super bright green with fresh grass. The animals disperse across these plains with thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebra everywhere, feeding hungrily on fresh, green, nutritious grasses. The migration stays here through February and March, with most wildebeest calves born in a very short window around February (they almost all drop on same day/week). It was total insanity in every direction all around the car – wildebeest running and jumping and loudly screaming and yelling. We are in the heart of the largest mammal migration in the world – over 2 million animals.