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Masai Mara wildebeest Migration

Ever considered an African lion safari? Meet the king of the beasts in his own back yard. For more info visit http://w... less than 5 seconds agoEver considered an African lion safari? Meet the king of the beasts in his own back yard.

The annual wildebeest migration has begun and the tourist rush to the Masai Mara is on the rise.

The Masai Mara is located in the southern Kenya tourism circuit right in the midst of the vast Savannah landscape with unending vistas of grass, velds supports the highest numbers of wildlife in Kenya Masai warrior country. The sheer numbers of the fearful, leaping and kicking wildebeest catches the crocodile by surprise forcing them to give way from the stampede and guaranteed death from trampling. Since food is moving, the predators, including the awesome African lion accompany the blue wildebeest across valleys, velds and rivers as they eat the sick, weak, old and the lost ones in the Africa's grandest wildlife march.


Nothing is as breathtaking as Observing the Wildebeest River crossings, Carnage mainly result mainly from the stampede drowning and breaking the spines of others already in the river. This keeps the crocodiles happy for the next month or two. I guess they must be impatiently watching their calendars by now for the next annual wildebeest's migration in the Masai Mara Wildebeests usually begin their migration in late June to July pouring into Masai Mara game Reserve where fresh, tender and mineral rich grass is plentiful.
The early movement is because the plains of Serengeti have exhausted its grass due to the alarming rising population of the animals. The animal population is about four millions. In the past the animals headed to Serengeti in October. Following their natural instinct, the wildebeests, zebras and gazelles migrate in millions over a large expanse of land covering 10,000 square miles every year in search of fresh grass and water. They travel clock wise, covering the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania. The spectacle of this Migration can only be appreciated when individually witnessed. It is only in the Masai Mara that a herd of elephants will graze freely.
The Masai are a pastoral tribes-people who live in southern Kenya and north-central Tanzania, along the Great Rift Valley plains.

Source, http://www.lexxassafaris.com/wildebeast.asp

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