East Africa Migration Trail Safari: Day 2

Our first full day in the Mara was a brilliant one. Our main aim was to get to the Mara river where we were hoping to see one of the famous crossings. Every year more than a million Blue Wildebeest migrate between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya following the rains before making their way back to the Serengeti. We try to time this safari to be in the Mara when they cross the Mara River to the Southern Mara and we got the timing just right. Not even 20 minutes after reaching the river (we were distracted en route by a group of 5 male Cheetahs!!!) the first Wildebeest made the leap and jumped into the river. What followed was 45 minutes of non stop action with the Wildebeest trying to cross as quickly as possible to avoid one of the many crocodiles (the Mara River has a very high Crocodile density) often causing a bottle-neck and stampede on the other bank. Once they have made it safely to the other side they do not have a lot of time to recover with predators often waiting. That afternoon we managed to find a big pride of Lions on the move, a sleeping Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Giraffe, Topi, Thompson's and Grant's Gazelle's and a relaxed bull Elephant. An unbelievable day in the African bush. Can't wait for tomorrow!

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