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Jun 17

The Wild Beast Migration From Serengeti To Maasai Mara Game Reserves

The Maasai Mara game reserve was established in 1948 to protect wild animals from poachers. The reserve is internationally recognized mainly because of the annual wildbeast migration. Also called gnu, the hooved mammals annually migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Reserve into the Mara in search of fresh pasture and water, making the world’s greatest natural migration of beasts, a spectacle that has been rated the seventh wonder of the world.

The annual widbeast migration between the Maasai Mara and Serengeti plains varies depending on the prevailing weather and environmental conditions in the region. Most East African countries experience the long rainfalls between the months of April and August. As a result, the nutritious green grasses of the Maasai plains flourish, attracting the animals. The grass is usually in plenty from June as well as water. The wildbeast migration is characterized by competition for grass and water between the local Maasai community, who are pastoralists, their cattle and the wild animals.

Despite being referred to as the wildbeast migration, other wild animals like zebras, antelopes as well as gazelles join in the long trek. On the move, the animals are kept on toes by predators, especially the King of the jungle, the lion, and the cheetah who not only find better and well fed prey, but also utilize the long grass as perfect hideouts. Despite the numerous ambushes the flock experiences on the exodus to Maasai Mara, they forge ahead, calving along the way as usual. Hunting is actually not a problem to the lion since the animals are so many and all that is expected is proper timing.

One of the greatest challenges that is encountered during the wildbeast migration is the crossing of the Mara River, as it is usually over flooded during the rainy seasons. The hippo and crocodile-dominated river poses a big challenge to the migrating animals. They wait for the hungry animals and pounce on them. This is one of the best moments to observe the wild animals as they try to escape from the equally hungry Nile crocodile. Many animals, especially the small ones drown in the process, supplementing to the crocodile’s meal.

To best time to witness the worlds seventh wonder that is the Maasai Mara wilbeast migration is between the months of June and October. To get an excellent view, thousands of tourists ride in hot air balloons, the aerial view is also perfect for photo shooting. This is one spectacle that you wouldn’t want to miss in your next African to Kenya. Keep your cameras on and ready to get the best shots.

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