Thursday, June 9, 2011
Migration News: Wildebeest arrive in Masai Mara
The highlight of the Great Annual Migration has begun! Wildebeest and zebra have been seen arriving into the Masai Mara and moving towards the Mara River. Small numbers have been crossing around the Sand River.
The main herds are still in the Serengeti spread from Seronera (central Serengeti) towards the Grumeti (western Serengeti eco-system) and the border with the Masai Mara (northern Serengeti).
All safari enthusiasts and conservationist look forward to this time, the highlight of the year in terms of the wildebeest migration. Millions of wildebeest and zebra will soon be squashed into the northern Serengeti and Masai Mara. They will zig-zag across the grasslands crossing the Mara River and Talek River often. The crocodiles will ly in wait and pick off the weak and unlucky. Similarly, big cats will wait on the far side of the river waiting for exhausted wildebeest and zebra which make easy prey.
This is the start of the high season in the Masai Mara. Huge numbers is tourists will visit to see the migration - so expect company if you plan to travel.
The migration usually stays around the northern eco-system until October, when they will start moving east and then south.
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