Why is Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Back in Serengeti After Only One Month in Maasai Mara?
Will this be the end of Serengeti Wildebeest migrating to Maasai Mara from Serengeti National Park? This is the question many wildlife experts are asking themselves. After crossing over into Maasai Mara from Serengeti National Park, Wildebeest migration is crossing back to Serengeti national Park after staying in Maasai Mara for hardly four weeks. This is quite unusual as the wildebeests enter Maasai Mara in August every year and return to Serengeti in November after the start of the short rains.
Most of the tourists who were heading to Kenya to witness the great migration have now changed their plans and they are instead flocking back to Tanzania’s leading Serengeti National Park to witness the return of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest from the other side of the park, the Maasai Mara. Fondly referred to as “Nature’s Greatest Show on Earth,” the great wildebeest migration has been the most remarkable tourist eye-catching specter that pulls thousands of tourists from across the world to witness this miracle of creation.
Due to climate change the rain patterns have changed and are quite unpredictable. The short rains started this months instead of October over the Serengeti plains, covering an area of 14,763 kilometers, changed the natural beauty of this famous African wildlife park into greenery, encouraging the wildebeest to cut short their holiday in Maasai Mara to feed on the plentiful grass back home.
Excited of officials of Tanzania National Parks Authority, this week organized a special event to welcome home the legendary Wildebeest migration. Lucky tourists from different parts of the world enjoyed viewing this natural trek consisting of about 2 million ungulates, among them 1.5 million wildebeests. Serengeti Wildlife migration is believed to be the ultimate safari experience, while some consider it the greatest Show of Nature on Earth. The spectacular migration normally covers more than 1,000 kilometers and takes place once a year on a 12-month circle, in which the wildebeests spend 10 months in Tanzania within Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro ecosystem before taking a two-month holiday in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
The wildebeest migration it is thought to comprise over 2.5 million wild animals with some 1.5 million wildebeests, 800,000 zebras and gazelle in Northern Tanzania and Kenya, and is one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife events.The predators –such as lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals,follow the herbivores closely as they make the migration. The Serengeti’s National park is one of the best game sanctuaries in the world. The park has a unique ecosystem that has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root, as well as numerous photographers and scientists.
Although Serengeti has a lot of attraction and the highest concentration of wild animals than any other park in Africa. Its greatest attraction is the wildebeest migration, attracting international travel and tourism organizations to place it among a few tourist sites in Africa listed for voting into the new 7 wonders this year.