The Wildebeest Migration Boring? Seriously?

wildebeest cross the mara river in 2013

The other day I was chatting with a friend and we started talking about my recent trip to the Masai Mara. She’d been on safari before. She stayed at Mombo in Botswana, one of the poshest resorts on the continent, and had a grand old-time.  She understood the safari experience, or so I thought.

I suggested that she visit the Mara during the Great Migration. She crinkled her nose and said, “I don’t know, I think I would get bored. How many times can you look at a wildebeest? ” I almost fell out of my chair. While I explained to her why that was not the case, I also felt the need to remind her about the zillion other things the bush had to offer that would utterly captivate her. Frankly, I’m sure she was wondering why I was looking at her as if she had three heads.

After our conversation it got me thinking. I wondered if other people felt the same and it inspired me to write a little ditty for Yahoo Travel I thought you might also enjoy, 16 Ways the Masai Mara Reserve Will Blow Your Mind (Hint: Animal Babies Included) – Not my title btw.

A few of the pics you’ll recognize but there are a few you’ve never seen before. If you have a chance, please check it out.


Yahoo Travel Screen Grab - first story by Susan Portnoy

My story on Yahoo Travel. (Hint: It’s the first one on the left.)

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    • HI Elias –
      First let me say that I am incredibly jealous of your time in Kenya. I would give anything not to have to travel 20+ hours just to stay on the continent 2 weeks. I am truly envious. Second: What an amazing sighting. Well done on the pics. How long did the kill take?


      • By looking back a the time stamps of the pictures, it tool ten minutes from the time she spotted the buffalo until she brought him down, another tee-fifteeen minutes to kill him on the ground and then probably an hour until they completed the lunch. But the male was still eating five hours later!


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