Imagine a game of survival. If millions of wildebeests have overcome deadly kills, shouldn’t there be more intense and life-threatening levels to cross? There are no visible predators. The grassland is flourishing with plenty of food. The herds are now diverting in two zones; towards the north of Seronera and the rest to the south to cross the Grumeti River. Dangers are still unknown.
June is often considered as the beginning of the high season in the safari calendar. Which means tourists arrive in increasing numbers to watch the ultimate action in the Serengeti. It is amusing to see your safari rover in the midst of the wildebeests and heading towards the same direction. It is not only a thrilling photographic journey. This worldlife famous herd of animals are leading you to the world deadliest drama often known as the circle of life.
In Tanzania, the Grumeti River welcomes the thirsty herbivorous. In all vanity and valour, they arrive here to brave a hurdle, a twist in the plot during this smooth journey. Made of pools and channels, the mighty Grumeti is deceiving. The wildebeests and accompanying zebras are wise and have sensed the hungry crocodiles, they are careful yet their fate is sealed. Their life is nothing more than a matter of chance.
The calves are are easily victimized with their feeble and petite bodies, they are often the targets and the well-fed bodies are a feast for the crocodile who have must have waited for weeks before this large serving. The mothers try to save the calf, but chances are often sleek… the remaining herd must move on.
The wildebeest population is large and often the crossing of this river takes almost three months; from July unto August. Travelers get more opportunistic and witness this merciless cycle of life. While there is great sorrow on seeing these attacks, one gets to witness, the great migration spectacle that happens in such startling figures in Tanzania in the heart of Serengeti.
The climax of this eventful journey is seen when the most capable and energetic survivors reach towards the northernmost part of the Serengeti. Wildebeest have to prove themselves with the leap of faith through the most challenging Mara River which enables them to enter the Game Reserve in Kenya. Some of them heave nearly tested death. The Mara River invites the peril of hell.
The River is swollen in a deep cliff and offer a more clear view to the hungry crocodiles and predators such as lions around. Many wildebeests who have to gather their energy to run downhill break their limbs and can not move further. The remaining have to brave their way across which is deadly. The movement is continuous and the dangers floating in the river is ready to devour the healthy beest. The crossing of the river is one the most dramatic and emotional sight to this wildebeest migration movement that most tourists experience. It is seen nowhere around the world.
As the victors beed us goodbye Serengeti’s Lobo area, there is a deep memory of the story from the wild that travelers take back home. It is a spectacle, one gets to experience only in Tanzania, teaching us the nostalgic lessons of life, in action. In November the million wildebeests will slowly return to Southern Serengeti and once again perform the drama of life with its unfailing splendor and grandeur.
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