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The Great Migration – And They’re Off….

The Great Migration

migration1.jpgOver a million wildebeest, several hundred thousand zebra, and thousands of gazelles are busy making their way to Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. Happily they don’t need to contend with new visa policy, but they do have to dodge hungry crocs.

Why do they move en masse? The ungulates basically go in search of food and water. Their journey runs in a clockwise circle and the animals cover a distance of around 1800 miles. It’s a tough journey, and every year an estimated 250,000 wildebeest don’t make it.

One of the most spectacular sights of the migration is when the herds gather to cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya) from July through September. As the herds cross, crocodiles are lying in wait for any weak and feeble animals that can’t cope with the strong currents.

But the river crossings aren’t the only spectacle. Just witnessing hundreds of animals on the plains is a sight in itself. Particularly because they attract many of Africa’s impressive predators. Lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs follow the herds for short periods, and give safari goers excellent chances of seeing a kill in action.

Experiencing any part of this incredible natural spectacle is truly the greatest safari experience you could wish for. Whether you’re enjoying watching hundreds of thousands of young wildebeest calves on the plains of the Serengeti in February; witnessing the great river crossings in July; or simply enjoying the vast numbers of wildlife on the Mara plains in August — it’s all pretty fantastic.

Because the timing of the migration is dependent on the weather, its somewhat unpredictable. But we know the migration patterns and keep up to date with field reports. This allows us to make sure that when we book your safari we’re looking at the right camps, in the right place, at the right time.

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