African Wildlife Migrations You Can't Miss

African Wildlife Migrations You Can't Miss

One of the continent's biggest draw cards, the annual migration springs to life in the Serengeti National Park in October, the steady stream of game flowing onto the endless plains.

A circular route, from July through October they make their journey back again to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, over one million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra and other antelope crossing the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River in Kenya's dry season. Every year countless safari goers follow their path hoping to catch sight of this world renowned wildlife extravaganza, but outside of the main event there are plenty more migrations in store. 

South Africa lays claim to the biggest gathering of predators on the planet, Botswana plays host to Africa's second largest migration, and Mozambique has a diving mecca which is the ideal location from which to view the humpback whale migration.

 

The Greatest "Shoal" on Earth!

With Cape Ganets swooping down from the skies, viewing the Sardine Run on South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast is as captivating from the deck of a boat as it is on an underwater safari. Not for the feint hearted, if you're already a diver and looking for the next thrill there is the option to plunge into the blue and face the migration head on.  As the sardines gather in gigantic shimmering balls, a wealth of predators rush in to claim the feast; sharks, dolphins, seals, Albatross, penguins and sometimes even Orcas, following the sardines north west as they head to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

For your most likely chance of spying this amazing performance travel from June through July.

 

Africa's Record Breaking Migration

Botswana's Makgadikgadi Pans are home to Africa's second largest migration. From January through March thousands of Zebra make their way across the desert wilderness and you can quad bike over the dusty terrain in search of the annual wildlife fest. When the spectacle is in full swing the once arid expanse is totally transformed with shallow streams, green foliage and pools of water. Roughly 25,000 zebra make this round trip journey, their annual jaunt from Namibia to Botswana covering 500 kms.

Now known to be the continent's longest terrestrial wildlife migration, the yearly sojourn tops the East African version - scientists using GPS collars on eight adult zebra to do the math.

 

Have a Whale of a Time in Mozambique

Tofo is one of Mozambique's many dive meccas and the ideal place to flipper up and swim with whale sharks. Manta rays, devil rays, huge schools of tropical fish, reef sharks, turtles and still more marine life is to be found here, and if you're travelling from June to November you can enjoy a cruise to view the migratory humpback whales.

During the winter months they migrate south in large numbers and make their way toward their Antarctic feeding grounds: the whales typically covering 25,000 kilometres. An impressive sight, many come in close to the shore at Tofo - calves swimming peacefully alongside their mothers and these spirited animals often launching themselves into the air in dramatic displays known as breeching.