Safari in April wildebeest migration pattern – Serengeti National Park Tanzania
Safari in April wildebeest migration pattern – The wildebeest generally begin their northward journey, and many have left already and are in the central and even western Serengeti.
April marks the start of the wildebeest migration. In April, the waterholes start to dry up and the southern Serengeti plains have been mowed to stubble by more than a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle grazing there. As a result, small herds gradually merge into vast columns of wildebeest on the march – it’s a spectacular sight: the mega herd covers the vast plain to the horizon.
Adult wildebeest come into season simultaneously – this ensures they give birth in a mass calving in February, which offers their new-borns the safety of numbers. The result is spectacular: breeding males bellow and grunt to advertise their presence, chase off rivals and try to round up females to keep them from wandering off. Calves and their mothers call to each other constantly so they don’t get separated, raising a magnificent cacophony unlike anything else in Africa. By May, the herds have usually reached the short-grass plains of the mid Serengeti and are heading in the general direction of the Seronera Valley in Tanzania.
By June, the rut is in full swing and the last column of the mega herd arrives from the southern plains. Combined with the rut, the movement of the massed herds and the constant attacks on all sides by predators makes this a spectacular time to witness the Migration.
If there is one month that is probably worth avoiding for a visit to Tanzania, then that would have to be the rain-soaked month of April. This is by far the wettest month of the year, as it falls in the midst of the long/heavy rains. While the rains predominantly come in the form of afternoon thunderstorms, it is not unusual to have big storms at night as well as some grey, drizzly days.
Western and Southern parks have the highest humidity during the rainy season so they can become uncomfortable, although the chances of these hotels and lodges offering good discounts due to the unfavorable climate, is very good. Contact Great Adventure Safaris to book a safari in April wildebeest migration pattern, and this takes you to witness the wildebeests start moving to seronera valley, so it is better to stay in the valley.