Grazers and Predators
The masses of wildebeests aren’t the only species swept up in the power of this primal movement of wildlife. They are joined by large numbers of other grazers – zebras and Thomson’s gazelles, who together answer a primal urge to flood into the Mara in search of water and higher grasses on which to feed.
And patiently waiting for them in the Mara River are the species on the other side of this eternal equation – crocodiles, who seem to sense when the great herds are approaching.
Only a small number of the gentle grazers succumb when crossing the river, though the masses are visibly nervous as they plunge across, answering some ancient primal call to continue their journey forward.
Land of the Big Cats
The Masai Mara is known for its many prides of lions, as well as leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas. And the Mara is rich with prey – over 95 types of mammal species roam its hills and golden savannahs.
Now add to this natural abundance, the waves of wildebeests and zebras pouring in from the Great Migration. Most of these grazers make it safely across the Mara River, into the reserve, where whole families of big cats lie in wait for them.
And here, we can see uncensored, the dramatic cycles of nature play out before us as predators pursue their prey. Depending on the speed, skill, and luck of carnivore and grazer, we will witness a scene of suspense, excitement, spectacle, grace, and sometimes emotional finality.
The Cycle Continues
Still, the vast majority of wildlife of the Great Migration shoulder forth, heading for and feeding on the sustenance of the taller grasses. And ultimately treading in an immense arc across the reserve, eventually taking them back to the Serengeti. It’s a journey of 1,200 miles that takes about a year.
Along the way the animals live their lives, mating, pausing for calving, and then continuing on. For the wildebeests and the others, it’s a never-ending cycle, following the rains, foraging, and obeying an instinctual quest for survival.
Witness the Spectacle
We’ll make your safari dream a reality and customize a trip to the Masai Mara and the Great Migration. It’s a sight at first you won’t believe. But the memories will stay with your forever.