Your Guide To ‘The Great Wildebeest Migration’ in Africa

The great wildebeest migration is one of the most outstanding natural phenomena that you are ever likely to see with the naked eye. Over one million wildebeest moving as one solid unit across the planes of Africa in search of food and grazing land on a journey that is perilous as it is arduous. Throughout the journey the wildebeest must survive threats from come of the World’s most dangerous predators and cross death-defying rivers as they travel form the southern Serengeti to the Masai Mara national reserve in Kenya. If you want to catch a glimpse of the biggest mass movement of any animal in the World, then here is a guide on where the wildebeest travel and what may be your best chance of catching a glimpse.

The Beginning

Around November-December time, the wildebeest arrive on the planes of the Serengeti during the short rains feeding on the nutrient-packed fresh grasses. The wildebeest remain in the regions of southern Seronera throughout January, February and March as they birth and care for their young calves. There is some gradual movement north in early April and then towards the end of the month, the migration north commences.

The Long Journey North

The beginning of north is the first tim that you will see the striking image of the wildebeest collective, all heading north to seek fresh grazing and fresh water. The regions of north Seronera and Moru Kopjes are, by this time, filled with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and often you will see some zebras and gazelles with the group.

June sees the one of the biggest challenges on the journey for the wildebeest as they hit the Grumeti River. The wildebeest generally gather on the south side of the river and wait for the rest of the group to catch up. Crossing on mass provides more protection against predators such as lions and crocodiles and it also allows more assistance for the young. This will be the first of two tough rivers that the group will need to cross during their journey.

Grumeti Reserve

Throughout July and August the wildebeest will move throughout the Grummet reserve, a great opportunity for tourists to spot the impressive migration. The Serengeti park is also a great place where tourists can see the group and many gather in the national park each August to witness it.

September

One of the most perilous months for the wildebeest as they face the great Mara River, a wide river with dangers on either side. The gushing river leaves the wildebeest with frantically dashing as their only option which can be quite a spectacle. Those who can make it across the river will have achieved 90% of their journey and from here they will start to gradually flow south through the Lobo area of the Serengeti National Park. Finally the wildebeest will find their way back to the start around October where they will once again feed on the fresh grass of the southern Serengeti, before starting the journey all over again.

Your Guide To ‘Chale Wote Street Art Festival’ in Ghana

Africa rarely seems to get much of a mention when it comes to Worldwide festivals which is strange considering the range of attractive, strange and lively festivals which are held across the continent. Today we are going to take a look at one of the coolest festivals across Africa, the Chale Wote street art festival which is held in Ghana each year.

If you fancy heading to an altogether different kind of street art festival then you don’t need to go to New York or London, this year you should be heading to Ghana.

Where it is Held

This brilliant modern festival is held each year in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Previously held in September, the festival is now hosted on the last weekend of August. The festival can be seen throughout the city streets and many community centers and public forums are opened up to celebrate the festival.

What is it All About?

The festival was put in place in order to create an exchange between local and international artists where they could all gather in one place to hold a festival of music, dance and of course, street art. The festival attracts street artists from all over the World who look to exchange ideas and concepts with local African artists.

The festival is a blending of international styles which seek to promote art in Africa and to promote African art and culture worldwide. The festival is still in its youth after having just five festivals but already the event is gaining mass popularity and each year has seen more artists join the movement and more visitors arriving to enjoy the show.

What to Expect?

If you plan on heading to the 2017 event then you can expect to say bright, colorful and conceptual street art, music, dance, spoken word, interactive installations, fashion shows and street parties. Each year has a theme, this year’s has not yet been chosen but the past themes have been as follows:

2012 – Outer-space exploration

2013 – Re-imagination of African folklore

2014 – Death: An eternal dream into limitless rebirth

2015 – African electronics

2016 – Spirit robot

The festival always seeks to push the boundaries of a wide-variety of concepts and styles and for this reason it has become so attractive to artists from around the World.

Quite honestly, you should expect a 6 day festival of all things positive colorful and well, African. There is constant music, constant partying, colors surround you wherever you go and the locals embrace all who come from afar to their city.

You should dispel any illusions that you have about Africa when you think about Accra, this is an exciting, modern and ‘happening’ corner of the World, never mind Africa and if you want to truly experience the best of this continent’s culture and style then you should be heading to Accra this year to enjoy the brilliant Chale Wote street art festival.