Western Corridor

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Western Corridor

Despite the importance of the Volcanic Grasslands to the life cycle of the wildebeest, the herds spend most of their lives in the Southern Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands. This is due, of course, to the patterns of rainfall and drought. It's also due to the immensity of the eco-region. The eco-region stretches from the southwestern Serengeti, along the eastern shore of Lake Victoria and north well into Kenya where it meets another eco-region - the Northern Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands.

The Bushlands would be a lot bushier if not for the activities of elephants and the people who live on its periphery. Elephants and other browsers limit the growth of trees and shrubs. In fact, the acacia takes its familiar umbrella shape because of the grazing of giraffes. Fires - some occurring naturally, many set by pastoral livestock herders to promote new growth - further restrict the growth of larger plants.

When to Visit
The herds depart the southeastern Serengeti in April and continue to filter through the area until late June. Rutting takes place in the Western Corridor, usually in May. Males mark and defend territory from one another. When a female enters a bull's territory, he courts her by following her. If she's interested, she'll stop. If not, she'll lie down, or continue moving on to the next territory.