Let’s watch the Great Migration, one of the world’s greatest natural events. More than 2 million animals (1.5 million wildebeest, 500,000 gazelles, 200,000 zebras, and many other animals) go looking for fresh grass to graze on and water to drink. The migration goes on throughout the year. The animals follow a clockwise journey. They walk through Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, and each summer, cross over to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. They return back to Tanzania in the autumn. Their location at any time during the migration is determined by the rains.
The journey runs in a circle and is over 2,800 km (approx 1,800 miles) long. It is hard to visualize the immensity of the Great Migration – imagine all the people in the city of Paris in France walking to Budapest in Hungary and back!
Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve are also home to the “Big 5”, which are the five animals of Africa that are considered very difficult to hunt – the lion, the African leopard, the African elephant, the Black rhinoceros, and the African buffalo.
Here is a video on the Great Migration.
Image Credits: Stefan Swanepoel for the Great Migration image