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Serengeti migration

Every year, millions of animals wander in an endless loop in search of fresh grass and water – migration. Almost 2 million unstoppable animals move around 2000 km and eat 4,000 tons of grass per day. Imagine the amount of births and deaths!


With the short rains comes green grass and at this time the migration is in the southern Serengeti. January is also the time for baby zebras. Lions and cheetahs lurking in the grass ...


The animals are still in the southern Serengeti and now the baby zebras are followed by about 500,000 wildebeest that are born in 2-3 weeks. A few hours and the calves run with their flock. A wonderful time to be in the Serengeti.


The rain is slowly starting to come and luckily it is because the food is starting to run out. The animals follow their noses in search of rain. Infants from wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle continue to be born until mid-March.


The migration moves northwest. April is the wettest month and the wildebeest are scattered on the plains.


The Serengeti is starting to dry out and the feed is good. The animals spread over a large area into the western corridor. This area is easily accessible from Mwanza and those who want to travel in May are rewarded with a green landscape, flowers and low prices in the camps.


The rain has stopped and the animals have to cross the river Grumeti. Here a huge herd builds up before they take courage and pass. Fear and panic kick in when they become aware that the crocodiles in the river are waiting for their annual zebra and wildebeest buffet.


On the way north, migration is now moving in a broader front through the Grumeti Reserve and Ikorongo, north through the Serengeti National Park.


Migration and all predators in its waters are slowly lurching north. This is the best time to see the river crossing on the Mara River which takes place almost daily. It's about being patient and excited about this miracle - but suddenly the herd moves. A lot of confusion and dismay and sometimes you even see parts of the herd jump back in the wrong direction.


September is a copy of August because a lot of animals are still on their way and have to cross the river.


This is the driest month in the Serengeti and migration is still in the north but moving south if the light rains begin. A second chance to see the river crossings.


Blue-gray clouds contrast with the hay-colored savannah. Light rain causes the migration to move south. Still possible to see some river crossings. The flowering Christmas trees together with returning birds add color to the migration phenomenon.


The endless cycle begins when the flock hurries down to the southern plains where the grass has turned green due to the short rains. The zebras begin to give birth.

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