June is the end of the rain season, and the bush and flowers become green again for breathtaking views of the landscape. The wildebeest cover enormous distances during their search for greener grass and water – until they gather in June and July for their first river crossing. In the Grumeti River, enormous Nile Crocodiles patiently wait for their buffet. As the herd assembled large groups and crosses the river, crocodiles grab the animals and drag them underwater. This crossing provides fantastic sightings, but not as good as the Mara River crossing.
There is a possibility to have a budget safari with camping in the Serengeti Nature Reserve. A camping safari in Tanzania, and especially the Serengeti, is particularly beautiful as the grass has grown. But the real thrill comes from sleeping in the middle of the park as you can hear the nocturnal animals in the silence of the night.
As the dry season starts to peak in August, the wildebeest become desperate and in need of green grass. Their need for food makes them have to overcome a dangerous situation since they have to cross the Mara River to enter the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Mara River is much deeper than the Grumeti River and has more Nile Crocodiles as well. Therefore, even more, sightings of desperate and confused wildebeest crossing in massive groups are visible.
This spectacle goes on during September, but most of the group already crossed the border to Kenya in the Masai Mara Reserve. The herd continues to eat this grass for the rest of the month until the early rains of October start to fall again, and the whole process starts a new.