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All action at the Mara River’s main crossing point

21 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

It was all action at the Mara River's main crossing point as wildebeest and zebra took the plunge, a lioness from the Paradise Pride was also there, taking down a wildebeest and a crocodile also took one wildebeest.

Photos are courtesy of Moses Manduku, Governors Camp Head Driver-Guide.

 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku
 Action at the Mara River
Action at the Mara River - Image by Moses Manduku

Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point

18 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

After lunch, we headed over to the main crossing point, hoping to see a large crossing. We paused briefly to take a picture of wildebeest and zebra which are now just outside Governors’ Camp. As we arrived at the main crossing point on the Mara River, four zebra were half way across the river. They all made it safely to the other side.

When the zebra and wildebeest refused to cross, a young zebra led three other back across to the other side, perhaps to show the others how safe it was. After a few minutes, a large group of zebra gathered at the rivers edge, had a quick drink, and decided the time was right to cross. The zebra lead the charge, and made it across the river with apparent ease. Some young zebra struggled slightly to keep their heads above water but all made it across safely.

Moses, our guide, spotted a crocodile approaching. This crocodile appeared to be an inexperienced hunter, but with so many opportunities, it was unlikely to be hungry at the end of the day. The croc eventually managed to take down a zebra. The crossing paused momentarily and the animals gathered on the banks, looking nervously at the water.

One zebra decided to try another crossing point slightly further upstream and a large herd of wildebeest and zebra gathered behind. The zebra climbed in, swam half way and then decided to come back. We then returned to the other crossing point and hundreds of zebra, wildebeest and even topi crossed the river.

On the way back to camp we stopped and watched an approaching herd of elephants. They raised their trunks in the air, picking up scents in the distance. A group of vultures alerted us to a kill not too far away. We passed two lions feeding on a young wildebeest. The vultures were gathered near to another carcass, which three hyenas were feasting on. With the migration having arrived, there is plenty of food to go around for the predators of the Masai Mara.

William Slynn 
Governors’ Camp

Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point
Crocodile takes down zebra at the main crossing point - Image by William Slynn

Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point

15 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

Yesterday afternoon, large herds of wildebeest and zebra both resident and migratory had moved from the Topi Plains and Malima Tatu areas and into the East Marsh, Bila Shaka and Musiara grasslands.

Yesterday evening, a large crossing of wildebeest and zebra were seen going from west to east at the main crossing point, four wildebeest were taken by the resident crocodile, one yearling wildebeest that was caught by a crocodile struggled and kicked, it was able to get away with the crocodile only on its tail.

Photos are attached. 

Kind regards,
Ariana
Governors' Camps
 

Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point
Wildebeest move from west to east at the main crossing point - Image by

Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill

14 Jul 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Here are some images of the herds crossing the Mara River at the Look-out Hill crossing point.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill
Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill - Image by Onesmus Irungu
Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill
Wildebeest migration crossings at Look-out Hill - Image by Onesmus Irungu

Wildebeest, topi and zebra cross the Talek River

11 Jul 2016 from Asilia Africa

Hi HerdTracker

Wildebeest, topi and zebra crossed the Talek River yesterday, 100 metres from the dining area at Rekero Asilia Camp.

Kind Regards,
Onesmus

Wildebeest, topi and zebra cross the Talek River
- Image by Onesmus Irungu

Big herds located between Kogatende and Lobo

09 Jul 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker,

Big herds have moved north with the majority located between Kogatende and Lobo.

Thanks and Regards,
Captain Joel

An estimated 500,000 animals are between the Sand River and Burrangat Plains

04 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

Large herds of wildebeest and some zebra have crossed into the Rongai depression and are also moving across the Posee and Burrangat plains in long files.

There are concentrations of wildebeest massing on the short grass areas that were burnt earlier in the year. An estimated 500,000 animals are between the Sand River and the Burrangat Plains.

Kind regards,
Ariana
 

The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill

01 Jul 2016 from Governors' Camp

Hi HerdTracker,

Our guests and guides took a drive out to find the first wildebeest from the migration and found them at Look Out Hill.

There were great sightings of Blackie and the Madomo pride and a young male leopard close to double crossing.

Photos are courtesy of Moses Manduku, Governors Camp head guide. 

The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill - Image by Moses Manduku
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill - Image by Moses Manduku
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill - Image by Moses Manduku
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill
The first wildebeest spotted at Look Out Hill - Image by Moses Manduku

The migration is widely spread out from Grumeti to the northern Serengeti

30 Jun 2016 from Captain Joel J Fernandes

Hi HerdTracker

The migration is widely spread out from the Grumeti region with some herds visible in the northern Serengeti.

Thanks and Regards,
Capt. Joel J Fernandes
Coastal Aviation, Arusha
 

Large herds close to Sala’s Camp

28 Jun 2016 from The Safari Collection

Hi HerdTracker,

The herds are passing by on a daily basis. Here's a sneak peek at the views that our guest have here at Sala's Camp.

Kind Regards,

Lulu

Large herds close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark
Large herds close to Sala's Camp
Large herds close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark
Large herds close to Sala's Camp
Large herds close to Sala's Camp - Image by Lulu Clark

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