The Masai Mara is a fascinating ecosystem covering 1,500sq km of Savannah, grasssland, woodlands and riverine forests.
It is inhabited by the "Big five", as well as a diversity of other plain game and a rich variety of bird life. Every year, usually between July and October, the promise of rain brings more than 1.5 million Wildebeest and Zebra together in one massive herd headed for the rich bounty of lush grasslands in the Masai Mara.
They congregate at the Mara River; their crossing into Kenya from Tanzania is a dramatic spectacle fraught with lurking danger from crocodile and other hopeful carnivores.
Wildebeest are abundant and their migration patterns include not only the spectacular Mara - Serengeti migration, but also seasonal treks by Kenya's own home-bred wildebeests. These creatures follow the grass wherever it is found. Because the migration lasts for up to four months, visitors have ample opportunity to see the action.
This unforgettable sight has long been dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth".
As the vegetation and water holes dry, the herds start the trek north. Following the rain pattern they cross the Tanzania / Kenya border to the rich Kenyan Masai Mara in search of the 4,000 tons of grass they eat each day. By September and early October they start winding their way back to Tanzania.
The sight of the mass migration is awesome!
Many do not survive this trip as they expire from exhaustion and injury or fall prey to hungry crocodile in the struggle to cross the Talek and Mara rivers. As the migration unfolds, the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are trailed by the predators- lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena and scavenger birds.
It is an event one cannot afford to miss!