We have been lucky this year as more crossings have been spotted than ever before and, even at the end of September, the Mara River crossings are continuing on an almost daily basis while the herds head south. The migration also arrived early – generally it starts in July and finishes in October but this year it began well ahead of schedule.
We are also delighted to have hosted our good friend and regular client, Hong Kong photographer Joseph Lam at Porini Lion Camp at the start of the month, who shared the below video with us.
Guests staying at either Porini Mara Camp or Porini Lion Camp and even our seasonal camps, Porini Bush Camp and the Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp, have had great sightings of the migration. Many have shared with us amazing images of this marvellous spectacle and we are proud to have been part of their experiences.
For guests staying two nights at either of the Porini camps in the Mara, we include a full day in the reserve to focus on viewing the crossing. However, the Ol Kinyei, Naibosho and Olare Motorogi conservancies are also home to one of the lesser known migration herds – the Loita Migration. About 100,000 zebra and wildebeest spend a large amount of time at the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, which is home to Porini Mara Camp and the Gamewatchers Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp, after migrating from the Loita Plains, which is located in the northeast of the reserve. Naturally though, this spectacle is determined by the availability of grazing land, which is also dependent on rainfall.
Over the last few years, these zebra and wildebeest have also used the Ol Kinyei Conservancy as their calving grounds in February and March, which has resulted in excellent viewing for clients.
Typically the wildebeests move north-west from the short grassy lands of the Serengeti National Park and Grumeti River. Crossing the Grumeti River is the first test of survival for these herds, with hungry crocs ready to enjoy a feast! The herds keep moving north, eventually reaching the border with the Maasai Mara where the herbivores again face whatever fate awaits them.
The mass of groaning beasts joins up with the bigger herds and remains in the Mara grasslands until October or early November. Then, as the storms start to gather in the Serengeti, the herds return to their breeding grounds. By the time they finish their journey, the grounds are once again green and lush. Then in a few more months, the parade across the East African borders will repeat its never-ending cycle.
With predator populations within the Porini conservancies growing – there are now over 150 free roaming lions across the 100,000 acres of land – guests are sure to have a true safari experience with fewer crowds. This will allow them to enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes that the conservancies of the Mara ecosystem have to offer.
We are currently running an amazing late bargain offer – hurry you can still witness this eighth wonder of the world!