Often called the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, the Wildebeest Migration is a must-do for every serious safari goer. Nowhere else can you see literally millions of herbivores on the move through an ancient route that includes evading predators, wading treacherous rivers and always being deeply aware of the rain and state of grazing.
Why Are River Crossings So Popular?
River crossings are a highlight because they combine two of the most exciting parts of safari: unpredictability and the thrill of potential danger. Strong currents, huge Nile crocodiles and wily leopard all await the wildebeest, with many of the females being pregnant after the rut and mating season.
Lodges close to traditional crossing points fill up anywhere from a year to two years in advance so careful planning and early booking are crucial. Be aware that crossings can be very emotional moments: many of the animals drown, are eaten or suffer broken legs while trying to manoeuvre down or up steep and constantly eroding riverbanks. Calves may get separated from mothers and there will be bleating, bellowing and crying. It is not recommended for very young children or anyone who dislikes seeing animals in possible distress. That said, river crossings are an impressive reminder of the indomitability of wildlife and the incredible feats of nature we are lucky enough to witness in the fight for survival.