The wildebeest and zebra migration that occurs annually in Kenya is truly one of the planet’s most wonderful of spectacles. . The vertiginous immensity of the event is overwhelming, numbers so large that they are hard to visualize. No where in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration; over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October.
I got the chance to photograph my first migration as I joined by Dr Eash Hoskota & Anand Sachdeva, in August of 2012 t. Being my first visit to the Mara, I arrived with high expectations and was simply blown away. The vastness of the Mara is only surpassed by the sheer number of Wildebeest that swarm the grassland during this time. It was astonishing to see the rolling plains filled with animals as far as the eye could see!
We were fortunate to witness and photographed 2 crossings and I got many of the photos I had visualized before arriving. The second crossing lasted for more then two hours. Hundreds of wildebeest died while crossing current of Mara River, Crocs attacking Zebra & wildebeest. The nature’s drama with Dust in the air, calls & panic of Zebra & wildebeest was more exciting then any bollywood thriller movie.
This nature’s drama unfolds in much unplanned manner. First there were two crossing point near gathering of wildebeest and no one can guess which point crossing will start till it actually begins. As the buildup of wildebeest & zebra near river bank increases, with no one dares to take first step. Many times heard will turn back but the push form the incoming herd will push them again towards the river. Finally some one takes a leap in water and the crossing begins which goes on for 1-4 hrs and thousands of animal crosses river hoping "Grass on other side is green"
This event should be on all nature and wildlife enthusiasts’ bucket list as was mine. The only tip to witness this spectacle event is – “Just Be There”.
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