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September 20, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

andBeyond, a leading luxury experiential travel company shares nature’s top ten migration, including the world most famous East Africa’s Great Migration and Great Wildebeest Migration. From big to small animals, these wildlife spectacles take place on land, sea and air.

andBeyond’s lodges, camps and partner properties provide front-row access for guests to witness these spectacular performances, with expert guides revealing miraculous phenomena to travelers with andBeyond for over 25 years.
Whether these animals travel in search of fairer climates, greener pastures or warmer waters, these annual wildlife journeys go back to over millions of years, yet remain a fascinating and unforgettable experiences for any wildlife bucket list.

1. Wildebeest Arguably the most famous of the animal migrations, the Great Migration is an astounding, never-ending trek of over 1.5 million wildebeest, 500 000 zebra, 18 000 eland and 200 000 Thompson’s gazelle travelling across the enormous Serengeti and Mara ecosystem (peaking in July/August, but taking place year-round).

2. Topi Far lesser known than the Great Wildebeest Migration, East Africa is home to yet another impressive antelope migration. On the Serengeti plains near andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, witness sizeable herds of Topi in search of greener pastures to graze (between December and February).

3. Zebra Most definitely a striking sight, watch as dazzles of zebra travel in monochromatic droves through Botswana’s picturesque Linyanti and Savute areas (peaking in January and February).

4. Flamingo Gaze upon a vast sea of pink as large flocks of graceful flamingoes migrate between Tanzania’s alkaline lakes. These elegant birds fly from lake to lake as food sources deplete and their breeding seasons arrive. Typically, they can be seen at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge from June to September, and again from January to March – dependent on the weather.

5. Elephant Every year between July and October, wildlife lovers flock to Sri Lanka’s Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks to witness an extraordinary natural phenomenon – the annual congregation of over 300 wild elephants. Dubbed “The Gathering”, this yearly elephant migration has been observed for centuries and holds the highest concentration of wild Asian elephant in the world.

6. Black-necked Crane The endangered black-necked crane spends its summer holidays breeding on the Tibetan Plateau. Every year from late October to mid-February, more than 300 of these cranes flock to Bhutan’s Phobjikha Valley Without fail, they enigmatically loop over the Gangtey Goempa Monastery three full times, both when they arrive and when they leave.

7. Sea turtle A ritual as old as time, for hundreds of millions of years, sea turtles have returned to the exact place they were born to lay their own eggs. Often travelling thousands of kilometers, they move between foraging and nesting sites, opting for warmer waters as the seasons change.

Between November and January, enormous 700 kg leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs at Sodwana Bay near andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.

At andBeyond Mnemba Island in Zanzibar, endangered green sea turtles also return to their exact birthplace to lay eggs on Mnemba’s pristine, protected shores. Mnemba’s turtle season typically runs from February to July (peaking from April to July); however, laying can occur year-round, with hatchlings emerging approximately 55 days later. Over on andBeyond Vamizi Island in Mozambique, turtle laying occur year-round.

8.Humpback Whale The longest migration of any mammal is, not surprisingly, undertaken by the world’s largest mammal, the whale. Humpback whales travel farther than any species to reach their breeding and feeding grounds.
These mighty mammals pass the shores of Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago, alongside their newborn calves, making for some great whale watching between July and September. In both South Africa and South America, the humpback whale watching season runs from May to December. From June to October, these mighty whales give birth in the warm waters off Ecuador, having migrated all the way from the Antarctic.

9. Penguin Iconic to South America, the loveable, “tuxedo”- clad Magellanic penguins gather in large nesting colonies to breed on the coasts of Chile and Argentina from September until late February/early March. Between March and September, the birds swim as far north as Brazil in search of warmer climates.

10. Bat The increasingly popular great bat migration takes place in Zambia’s Kasanka National Park. Enticed by the seed-rich fruits that fill the trees towards the end of October, large colonies of fruit bats start to arrive at Kasanka’s lush swamp forest. A few weeks later, more than eight million of these creatures take over a space no larger than a hectare until early January.

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