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Five Tidbits about the Mara Crossing You Should Know
(African Safari in Kenya)

Posted on 31 May 2012 by David

Today, we are on the third part of our seven-part “Plan a Perfect African Safari in Kenya” series.  Your safari should include an attempt to catch a Wildebeest crossing.  If you’re like most people you probably have read about it in National Geographic but when you go, here are a few things that you probably didn’t know.

African Safari - Wildebeests Crossing Mara River in Kenya

  1. Wildebeests can line up for miles in single file and we’re not exaggerating!  Now, if you need to get to the other side of their line, don’t force your guide to drive through them.  It will disturb the herd and it will ruin the crossings for many others on safari who have been waiting patiently for hours!  You don’t want to be “that *&!# tourist who scared off the herd.”
  2. A Wildebeest herd will always wait for a different type of animal who is more experienced to cross first.  If you see a Zebra or Gazelle at the river bank with all the Wildebeests, it’s a good sign a crossing may happen soon!
  3. It can be emotional to watch a Wildebeest eaten alive by a crocodile.  You will hear the screams, see the struggle, and feel the fear.   It is amazing to watch but be prepared.
  4. You’re probably going to wait many many hours for a 5 to 10 minute show.  However, once the crossing starts you’ll see hundreds to thousands of animals crossing all at once!
  5. In addition to the fear, animals feel love too.  We once saw a family of Giraffes cross.  The father crossed first, and waited halfway in the crocodile infested river for his ‘wife’ and children to cross before finishing the crossing himself.  Now isn’t that love?

African Safari - Giraffes Crossing Mara River in Kenya

Stay tuned for our post on “Our Wildebeest Crossing Experience” tomorrow!

Seven Part Series of our Safari in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya:

  1. Introduction
  2. 10 Must-See Animals (including the Big 5)
  3. Five Tidbits about the Mara Crossing You Should Know (Current Post)
  4. Our Wildebeest Crossing Experience 
  5. Choosing When and Where to go
  6. Kicheche Camp Review
  7. Getting to Maasai Mara

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