Kenya is known for its picturesque landscapes and diverse wildlife, which makes going on safari in this eastern nation an essential part of any visit. Sightings of the Big Five can happen any time of year, but those who travel between July and late October can witness what’s been called one of the new Seven Wonders of the World: The Great Wildebeest Migration. Migration to Masai Mara begins in mid-July and ends with the wildebeests’ return to the Serengeti in late-October. This period is the most spectacular season for viewing, but those with trips to East Africa planned for January and February can also catch the birth of more than 300,000 wildebeest in a three-week span by starting their adventures in the Serengeti instead.
During this four-month period, more than two million of these massive animals cross the narrow Mara River that separates Tanzania’s Serengeti from the fertile pastures of Masai Mara. Travelers patient (or lucky) enough to witness a river crossing may even spot a hungry crocodile preying on the herds’ new young. Because Masai Mara is home to one of the largest densities of lions in the world, visitors may also spot a pride hunting white bearded wildebeests that dot the plains.