A herd of wildebeests crossing the Mara River on their way back to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania from a short rest in Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya.International visitors watching the animal migration crossing River Mara in Serengeti National Park.
By Geofrey Tengeneza
Visitors from all over the world are flocking into the Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania to witness the famous animal migration which is the “Greatest Show on Earth”, A massive herd of wildebeests, zebras, and the Thomson Gazelles cross the Mara River in September on their last lap of about 1000 km of “greener pasture pilgrimage” back into the Serengeti National Park.
Tagged “The Seventh World Natural Wonder”, the migration which is lead by 1.5 million wildebeests followed by the zebras and Thomson Gazelles starting in the Serengeti covers a round trip with a very short stay in the Kenya Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This park is the only site in the world where the migration of large inland mammals takes place.
In testimony of this great nature treat, visitor Mrs. Truby Wivbennga, from the Netherlands, in the company of her husband, Mr. Jan Wivbenga, said, “This event is unbelievable and we are extremely happy to witness it by ourselves”.
The great migration starts in February every year, coming shortly before the long rainy season when the wildebeests spend their time grazing and giving birth to about 500,000 calves within a very short period before departure in eye catching long columns.