Nowhere in the world is there a wildlife event that sees such a phenomenal movement of animals as the Great Wildebeest Migration, also known as 'The Greatest Show on Earth'.
Every year without fail, over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 350,000 gazelles cross into Kenya's Masai Mara from the neighbouring Serengeti Plains in Tanzania, in search of greener grazing land.
Having tackled the perilous Mara River, where greedy crocodiles lie in wait ready to snap up one quick meal after another, and watched by eager safari goers willing the wildebeest to win the fight, the exhausted animals spend several months replenishing their strength and munching their way across the rain ripened grassy plains.
It is not a holiday for them, though, as they also have to keep their wits about them to avoid being stalked and hunted by the huge number of big cats who call the Masai Mara their home.
The sheer sight of literally a mass of black dots across the Mara plains as far as the eye can see is a safari experience that should be on everyone's bucket list. As safari experiences go, there's nothing that can touch it.
By late October, the herds are gone, heading back down into the Serengeti again in search of the new rains and new sprouting grass.
We'll help you to witness this once in a lifetime drama, and here are some ideas to help get you started.
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The Masai Mara remains most famous for its annual wildebeest and zebra migration - undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary natural events on the planet. On this 3 night fly-in safari package, watch as the animals cross the rushing river waters, wrestling with rapids and currents while trying desperately to avoid the snapping jaws of hungry crocodiles.This is your chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime experience like no other in Africa.
Discover the Kenya safari of your dreams in your very own private 4x4 safari vehicle with an experience driver-guide, and see for yourself the vast, gently rolling landscape of acacia-specked grasslands darkened by migrating wildebeest herds.
Stay for 3 nights on this fly-in Mara Reserve package and from the veranda of your tent witness the breathtaking sight of thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River during their annual migration through this vast wilderness area.
Spend 3 nights in one of the best wildlife viewing areas of the Masai Mara, at a luxury colonial camp nestled right on the banks of the Mara River. After the rains when the first flush of grass turns the Masai Mara’s golden savannah green, the most mesmerising wildlife spectacle anywhere takes place right here - the Great Wildebeest Migration.
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