The great migration of the wildebeest, fording the rivers in search of fresh grass

26 August 2013

Safari to Masai Mara Serengeti, along the border line between Tanzania and Kenya, to observe herds of wildebeests crossing the rivers in search of new pastures. The scene is spectacular, and you will feel yourself inside a National Geographic documentary, when thousands of wildebeests driven by a primal and uncontrollable instinct, suddenly plunge all together into the river to try to reach the other side.

Mara river
Pictures of Masai Mara. The relaxing landscape of northern Tanzania, along the border with Kenya, where the Serengeti becomes the Masai Mara and where a river becomes the scene of one of the most amazing natural events: the wildebeest migration wading these dangerous waters in search of new pastures .
Huge herd of hippos
Ippopotamo


Masai Mara pictures. Although the main purpose of the day trip to Masai Mara is to observe the migration of the wildebeest, the Serengeti Mara offers the chance to see most of the typical African animals, including herds of hippos that inhabit the shores along the river.
Wildebeest
Wildebeest photo. Approaching the place where the wildebeest herd is normally present, some lonely wildebeest begins to appear...
...however, the wildebeest is a social animal who prefers to live and move as a group, in order to better defend themselves from predators.
Wildebeests pictures. The Serengeti is home to large herds of wildebeests.
Wildebeest migration
Wildebeests migration


More photos of wildebeests. The wildebeests move proceeding in large groups, sometimes organized into single lines, up to the place of gathering, presumably an area along the banks of the river where it can be easier to cross the waters.
Finally, the wildebeests become so numerous, that they become part of the landscape.
Serengeti Masai Mara
Serengeti wildebeests Migration of the wildebeests
Savannah Tanzania
Pictures of wildebeests. Thousands of wildebeests gather together as if they were planning something ...
...and that something is soon clear: the herd is going to cross the river to reach the green pastures of Kenya. Suddenly, led by a single wildebeest who takes the initiative, they get all very nervous...
Wildebeests migration from Tanzania to Kenya Migration of the wildebeests
...and, determined to get more food, the wildebeests jump into the water to try to cross the river, swimming in a sort of single line through heavy currents and whirlpools. Photos of wildebeest migration.
Wildebeests crossing a river Wildebeests swimming
Herd of wildebeests Wildebeests fording a river
More pictures of wildebeest migration.
Great migration of the wildebeests
Wildebeests in the river Great migration of wildebeest
Wildebeests migration photos. Upon reaching the opposite bank, wildebeests struggle through the rocks to try to conquer the land. This is one of the most dangerous instant of the wildebeest migration, both for the presence of crocodiles lurking along the banks of the river and also because wildebeests may get broken legs after slipping between the rocks.
Wildebeests migration from Serengeti to Masai Mara
Wildebeests migrating from Serengeti to Masai Mara


Wildebeests who make it, are rewarded by the abundance of new green pastures. Now the wildebeests are in Kenya, where the Tanzania's Serengeti becomes Kenya's Masai Mara.

Wildebeests migration video
No photo can do justice to an event seeing such quick action, so this video, although not perfect (it was shot by Chiara, only 11 years old) will give a better idea of ​​the excitement that characterizes this amazing natural event.
Stuck wildebeest
Wildebeests not successfully crossing the river remains trapped in the middle, sometimes only a few meters away from salvation. Many of these wildebeests will never see the green pastures of Kenya and their adventure will end here in the Mara river.
Died wildebeest
When wildebeests cross a river, incidents are also quite frequent, because they may break their legs over slippery rocks, may get into too heavy currents or may simply choose the bad way. So the weaker wildebeests or the less smart, or even just the less lucky, will easily perish in these dangerous waters.
Crocodiles
...not to mention the crocodiles waiting for an easy meal...

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