Environment

WILDLIFE

Great Migration in East Africa is near

Tanzania and Kenya scenaries of the fantastic event

11-06-2021 by Leni Frau

The time of the great migration of tens of thousands of wildebeest, as well as a few zebras and antelopes, is approaching again this year in East Africa.
Every year, the spectacle of the great migration of the animals from Kenya to Tanzania is an attraction for thousands of passionate naturalists, animal lovers and photographers from all over the world. 
The most exciting but also dramatic moment, which is part of the cycle of life and regulates the biological balance of the great mother Africa, is when the animals cross the Mara river in the Maasai Mara area, practically on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Thousands of wildebeest have been marching in recent days to prepare to ford the river that divides Tanzania's great Serengeti National Park and flows into the Kenyan reserve.
The transhumance usually begins in May, with the arrival of the great rains that move from west to east. However, not all animals move at the same time, but over time, with a migration formed by a large number of herds of herbivores.
Each herd can number as many as 80,000, but most are smaller. In June, the wildebeest move along the tracks of the Serengeti plain towards the Grumeti River and the Western Corridor, splitting into two main streams: one crossing the Grumeti River and heading north-east towards the river and the Masai Mara reserve, the other following the course of the river and heading north-west towards Lake Victoria. When the herds arrive at the rivers, one of the most famous and bloody natural spectacles can be witnessed: the passage of the herds through the crocodile-infested fords of the Grumeti and Mara rivers. Anything can happen, but sometimes you have to wait for hours or days before all hell breaks loose. Zebras and wildebeests bravely do not give up their migration, but many of them perish. The muddy rivers and the strong currents make the ford even more treacherous, but instinct prevails and often joint action is what saves most of the beasts. 
On the banks, you can also see felines, ready to wait for the exhausted animals, and vultures, ready to feed on the carcasses. It is an epic documentary scenario, which those who love Africa cannot help but dream of experiencing at least once in their lives.

(photo: courtesy Paolo Torchio)

TAGS: fauna kenyagnu kenyamasai maraserengeti

One of the world's top luxury hotel chains has chosen Kenya to open its first exclusive lodge in the...

READ THE ARTICLE

Every year the spectacle of the great migration of animals from Tanzania to Kenya is an attraction for thousands of nature lovers, animal...

READ ALL THE ARTICLE

by redazione

More and more VIPs and billionaires are choosing Kenya for their holidays.
This...

READ THE ARTICLE

Also this year the Maasai Mara is the best reserve of the whole African continent, and Diani Beach is the best beach.
This has emerged from the 2017 World Travel Awards awards in the Africa category.

READ ALL THE REVIEW

A Giriama girl smiling at a small companion of games of the tribe Masai, is the most beautiful image of racial integration in Kenya, at the dawn of the campaign for the upcoming national elections.
We are in Baolala in...

READ ALL AND SEE THE GALLERY

I wonder if some of the thousands of wildebeests moving from Serengeti Park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara will be surprised to see...

READ ALL THE ARTICLE

He left as a real King.
Without anyone ever overpowering him, without...

READ THE ARTICLE

The US has decided to help Kenya's tourism sector recover from this prolonged...

READ ALL THE ARTICLE

by redazione

A stay at Saruni Mara is not a safari like any other.
First ...

READ ALL THE ARTICLE AND SEE THE PICTURES

The most prestigious international magazine (and tv channel) of Nature has decided that the...

READ ALL THE ARTICLE

They call them "Tano Bora", the fantastic five.
They are not superheroes, except because they are champions of resilience in a world that is...

READ ALL THE ARTICLE

by redazione

Kenya is definitely one of the most popular destinations for Italians for the coming winter.
This is confirmed...

READ THE ARTICLE