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Mara River Great Migration

Mara River Great Migration crossing.

 Most people link Serengeti with the great migration, the famous movement of animals from Southern Serengeti-North to Maasai Mara through the crocodile-infested Mara River. This is entirely true as the actual scene happens between Mid-July to Mid-November.

Mara River Great migration
wildebeest crossing mara river

Our mobile camp, Gnu Mara River Camp, follows the migration herd now; thanks to its position, the guests enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience by being in the front seat during this season.

The herd comprising Zebras and Wildebeests starts from the Ndutu plains, where calving occurs from mid-December to late March. By June, the calves are fully grown to take the trip to Maasai Mara, where they follow greener pasture and water. Upon arrival at Mara River, a complex, the challenging journey awaits; crocodiles waiting for their seasonal meal, heavy water current in the Mara River, and stampedes on each other.

The journey north happens from Mid-July till Mid-August when most of the herd reaches Maasai Mara. The trip south from Maasai Mara back to Serengeti starts in mid-August. Considering the water availability and pasture, the migration goes back and forth to Mara and Serengeti until Mid-November, when the large part of Maasai Mara becomes dry.

There is plenty to witness during this time; the lions and leopards wait on the other side of the river to try their luck for any survivor to get their meals, and hyenas, jackals, and vultures wait to scavenge on many leftovers from lions and other injured animals from the journey.

 Taking into consideration when planning your journey to see this once-in-a-lifetime experience, include Gnu Mara River Camp in your itinerary.

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