As we flew in the hot air balloon, witnessing the amazing migration of the Wildebeest, with the backdrop of the beautiful Kenyan sun rise, I knew it would be etched on my mind as one of the most spectacular scenes I would witness in my lifetime.
The annual migration across the Serengeti from the land of the Maasai Mara warriors has be hailed one of the seven wonders of the modern world for obvious reasons.
If you enjoy feeling at one with nature and have an adventurous spirit, whether by balloon or safari bus, a trip to witness the migration in July to October, will tick all the boxes.
The Maasai Mara National Park occupies an area of 1,510 square kilometres and it is managed by the local authorities of Narok County in southwestern Kenya. It sits on the ancestral land of the Maasai People of Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. They have protected the wildlife for hundreds of years.
The Maasai People are nomadic pastoralists and thus the wildebeests, just like their cattle, are regarded as the wealth of the Maasai. They therefore ensure peaceful co-existence with the wild animals.
The Maasai Mara National Park is considered the greatest wildlife park in Africa. It has over 200 square miles of open grassland where the wild animals such as Wildebeests, Zebras, Gazelles, Antelopes, Ostriches, Rhinos, Buffaloes, Elephants, Giraffes, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, and Hyenas etc. roam free in their natural habitat.
About 1.5 million wildebeests cross the Great Mara River in Maasai Mara to look for pastures in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Wildebeests are not the only animals that migrate. Zebras and antelopes too migrate. About 350,000 Zebras and 200,000 antelopes will find their way across the Mara River to Tanzania.
The Maasai Mara Migration is the world’s largest Terrestrial Migration by mammals. The best time to view this spectacle is July to October. The animals will cross over again from Serengeti to Maasai Mara after the pastures are regenerated.