Migration in Masai Mara is the Greatest Show in Kenya

Towards the end of June every year, gentle wind gushes through the grass in the Mara. Then a few meters away, loud thumping is heard and dust rises into the air as hundreds and thousands of wildebeest make their way to the dusty river bank. Part of the herd is seen stopping for a sip the cold water from the Mara River. This is just the beginning of the great migration in Masai Mara. A migration that made headlines in the world when it first happened; a migration that sees thousands of visitors throng the Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania for a sneak peak of the movement.

The Great Wildebeest Migration

Frequently asked questions about migration in Masai Mara

There are a lot of questions that people ask about migration in Masai Mara. Below are some of the questions and some viable answers:

Is it possible to see the wildebeest crossing the river?

Witnessing the wildebeest crossing the river is possible only that it is difficult to predict when they will actually cross. But there is a sign that might tell you they are crossing the river and if you are able to, you can move a little closer to the river in order to have a close look at the way they struggle to cross the river, over to the other side of the reserve.

Can I get off the vehicle to witness and photograph the migration?

This is one of the most dangerous things you can ever do and it is not allowed either. Getting off the vehicle while in the park is prohibited unless you are in a designated area; You have to keep in mind that there are lions and other predators that usually lay in wait to pounce on the migrating wildebeests. These predators might as well feast on you.

How can I watch the migration without harassing them?

When animals feel harassed, they can rise up in defense and this can be dangerous, to both the animals and the visitors watching them. To avoid harassing them, make sure you remain in your vehicle, heed the advice of the tour guide and do not block the way of the migrating wildebeests. Also, do not make a lot of noise and don’t approach the crossing path too close otherwise the animals will feel threatened.

Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara

When is the migration season?

The migration season of the wildebeest usually begins between June and July and goes through to November. So if you are planning to visit Kenya during the great migration in Masai Mara, you can plan your visit around this time that is, between June and November each year.

What happens when the wildebeest are harassed when crossing the river?

Most of the time, they will be scared and might end up crossing the river in an unfavorable location. Most of these animals have died or sustained injuries in the previous migration seasons as a result of being pushed by vehicles into crossing in unsuitable locations. These unsuitable locations are usually where the river bank is too steep for them to climb and they end up trampling on each other and drowning to death.

Now that the frequently asked questions about migration in Masai Mara have been answered above, you can go ahead and plan that life time trip. Enjoy the Kenyan warm soil as you watch the wildebeest fight for their life across the crocodile infested Mara River.

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