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Our first full day in Maasi Mara, we decided to head toward the wildebeest. (Of course.) A wet winter meant abundant grass in Tanzania so the wildebeest were slow to migrate north into Kenya. We ended up driving all the way to the Serengeti—just across the border into Tanzania to find them.
We stopped often en route to the Serengeti. Here Jonathan is using binoculars as a ‘telephoto lens’ with my mobile phone.
Map showing the annual wildebeest migration routes from Tanzania into Kenya then back again.
We finally found the wildebeest (along with a multitude of other vehicles). I was fascinated by their herd dynamics. One wildebeest would start moving; then a group would trot after. They’d stop, then one would turn & start galloping back the other way. And the rest would follow. Really goofy.
They’re skittish about crossing rivers, so we never actually saw wildebeest cross which is okay, because apparently the crocodile lie in wait…
Such beautiful animals—Ioved their coloring.