The Great Wildebeest Migration rightfully deserves its standing as
one of the natural world’s most astonishing spectacles. Compromising of more
than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras and antelopes, the Great Migration
constitutes the last surviving multi-species migration on the planet. From end
of June onwards, millions of freshly arrived brown and black dots scatter the great
plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve, making this Natural Wonder of the World even more wondrous
until they wander back in December.
The life cycle of the wildebeest is a snapshot of the circle of life
of all living creatures. The wildebeest spend their lives wandering, unwearyingly
trekking between the Serengeti in the South to the Masai Mara in the North.
Every sequence in a wildebeest’s life happens in accordance with
Mother Earth. Their migratory routes are determined by the rain patterns; they
wander in a constant pursuit of water and fresh grass. Similarly, their calving
instincts are timed to the movements of the moon, resulting in a three-week long
birth fest on the Serengeti plains in February.
The comings and goings of the wildebeest also shape the lives of many
other species. For the predators of the Masai Mara, the arrival of the
wildebeest marks the beginning of a time of feasting and prosperity. The Big
Cats, in particular, thrive during the migration season. The abundance of available
prey means that the lions, cheetah and leopards are able to grow strong and
produce healthy offspring. The dramatic contrast between life and death to be
witnessed during the Great Migration makes the Migration Season a particularly
spectacular time to visit Basecamp Explorer Kenya.