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Wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara

March 8, 2017
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The annual wildebeest migration and zebras from Tanzania’s Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara is an event all wildlife enthusiasts should put at the top of their bucket list.

Seeing 1.7 million wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of other wildlife like zebras and gazelles is a sight to remember.

mara river

Wildebeest migration

The migration happens each year and the best part is the crossing of the Mara River in Kenya’s Maasai Mara (around July and August).

One incident that had me transfixed was the battle going on in the middle of the river between a wildebeest and a large croc. The croc had grabbed the wildebeest by one its legs and was trying to drag the animal underwater.

crocodile eating

The wildebeest was determined not to let this happen and kept dragging itself and the croc back to the river bank.

After a struggle lasting around 30 minutes the croc finally let go enabling the wildebeest to pull itself out of the water and back to safety.

survivor of wildebeest migration

Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is known as one of the world’s finest wilderness areas. When you were all much younger you probably dreamt of being a wildlife adventurer.

A safari in the Maasai Mara fulfils that dream by providing an opportunity of seeing close up the “big five” usually within a short distance from your accommodation. The big five consists of elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalos.


The Maasai Mara is also home to the cheetah, giraffe, hyena, jackal, gazelle, impala, hippos, monkeys, babboons to name but a few plus a plethora of native flora and fauna and the Maasai peoples.

You can experience Maasai Mara in many ways, flying out of Nairobi to the Maasai Mara on a Safari trip staying in luxury tents or book a camping tour.

You get to sleep in large tents, enjoy hot showers and good camp food all located within Kenya’s world famous Maasai Mara plains.

During your trip, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the Great Migration Kenya’s flagship natural event. Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve borders Tanzania’s Serengeti and provides the setting for this world famous migration which is the dramatic movement of wildebeests, gazelles and zebras.

The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Maasai Mara where crocodiles and Hippos await. This is one of the most photographed scenes being one of the highlights of the Great Migration.

tourists at wildebeest migration maasai mara

Kenya wildlife

To witness the Great Migration at its peak, timing is crucial and you definitely have to know when to go to the Maasai Mara.

The annual migration of wildlife between the Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Park and return, takes place each year between January and October.

You might be wondering why you should grab the chance to see the Great Migration and the answer is rather simple.

The Great Migration takes your understanding of life at greater heights by letting you witness the real struggles of different animals trying to avoid the deadly grasps natural predators to survive.

crocodile eating wildebeest

So, if you are looking for the ideal East African safari experience, then head towards Kenya for a Maasai Mara Safari holiday to finally get to be an explorer of wildlife in the raw.

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Roger Barrett

After 50 years in the Television Broadcasting Industry I retired in 2012 to enter the frightening and foreign world of the internet and social media.