The African continent is still totally unknown to me and, as a good traveler, I am very curious about news or experiences from other travelers on it. Researching a little about one of the most famous natural parks in the World, the Serengeti of Tanzania, I have read that right now it is one of the best times to visit this reserve or its twin -the Masai Mara in Kenya- Due to the great possibilities of contemplating one, of those who say, it is one of the most spectacular phenomena on the planet: the massive migration of wild species such as wildebeest, zebras or gazelles from a reserve to its neighbor.
It seems that the myth that this type of migration - whose images we have seen so many times in the famous is vastly extended documentaries-naps of the 2- they occur very rarely in life and you simply have to have an impressive pussy to be one of the lucky ones who have to live it. However, this is not so. What happens is that not every year occurs with absolute precision, but You will increase your chances exponentially if you decide to visit any of the two reservations between the months of July and October. Also in June and November you may drop the lottery and also, being out of high season, the rates of the safaris are considerably lower.
With millions of animals involved in this mass migration, the phenomenon lasts several days and can be seen in several different areas of the Mara river. When they leave the protected area of the Serengeti and move towards Masai Mara, they do so in columns of tens of thousands who obviously cannot cross the river at the same point and at the same time. The columns are fragmented to meet on the other side of the shore. It is in this process when hundreds of wildebeest are devoured by the avid crocodiles They wait submerged for their prey to sink their bodies into the waters of the river. You can also observe the big felines -cheetah, tigers, lions- attack the weakest or clueless prey of the pack.
Once they reach the pastures of the other shore, the survivors spend a few months enjoying a well-deserved rest and getting fat again to prepare for the return in October or November, depending on the rains.
This cycle repeats every year. and, according to the testimonies of the people who have contemplated it, it is one of the most impressive and beautiful phenomena Mother Nature gives us. On the Fodor's website I have found a kind of calendar to find out what are the most advisable dates for safaris in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania.
I would love to see something like that one day. And you?
Photo, Brian Scott, Flickr