Yes, you are right? It’s the Yatta Plateau. It runs along the western boundary of Tsavo East National park.
When capturing the great views of the Yatta plateau, you not only get to explore one of the Kenya’s oldest and largest parks, but you also get to see the magnificent migrant birds from all over the world.
All this and more in one destination………!!!!
It is an annual migration from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya. The migration consists herds of wildebeest , Zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles.
Normally, there is no start or finish to the migration as the animals move in a cycle looking for food and water in the Serengeti and Mara ecosystem. Little predictability can be given about the migration because it is a dynamic process and hardly is it the same across the years. For instance, this year (2013) it started end of June which was rather early as compared to previous years. There are therefore no guarantees to the exact dates of the migration.
The migration as earlier mentioned is an endless cycle and this can be illustrated in stages as follows:
Birthing- this happens in January and February where the wildebeests give birth to thousands of young ones(known as cows). This takes place on short grass in the Southernmost part of Serengeti.
Start of the cycle- this is when the herds start moving to the western woodlands from the southern part of Serengeti since the short grass there already starts to dry. This happens around march. The herds mainly search for water as their continue feeding on the short grass.
The rut– this is when the herds head north-west still in Serengeti but towards Lake victoria thus nearing the Mara. This happens to be the mating season which happens in May/June.
The crossing- the herds head north into the Masai Mara game reserve where they pass via the Grumeti and Mbalangeti rivers in Serengeti and the Mara river in the Mara. The crossing point varies across years and it happens between July- early October. The wildebeests spend months feeding on the green pastures of the Mara.
Closing the cycle- the herds start moving to the south of Serengeti as the short rains fall on the Serengeti plains in late October. This time they are usually pregnant with the new season of young ones.
(Information courtesy of http://www.maasaimara.com/entries/great-wildebeest-migration-maasai-mara )
Do get in touch with us to experience this wonder of the world in the Serengeti or in the Mara depending on the time of the year.