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Every year, the Masai Mara comes alive with the Great Wildebeest Migration. The spectacle which happens annually around July, August to September was quite unique this year with the resumption of travel in Kenya. Safari enthusiasts, photographers as well as film-makers flock around the Mara river to witness the Great Migration of thousands of wildebeests and zebras from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. The Covid-19 pandemic has subsequently encouraged more local travel and it was great seeing local content creators documenting the migration. Here are 10 of our favourite migration and bonus big cat shots captured by them this year:

1. Josh Kisamwa

2. Trevor Maingi

3. Mutua Matheka

4. Peter Ndun’gu

5. Clement Kiragu

 

6. Mark Boyd

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The Migration

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7. Bobby Neptune

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They move in a rhythmic, undulating and almost eerie fashion as they follow an instinct in search of something to eat. As we sit and watch them throw themselves off cliffs and into the crocodile ridden waters of the Mara river, I think about how silly it is that they put themselves in such danger to find something which they are already standing on top of. The phrase: the grass is always greener on the other side, could not be more embodied by a natural spectacle. I do not understand how the risk is worth it, but Wildebeest are a wildly successful species and each year during this migration hundreds of thousands die and even though so many die, they easily replace themselves each year. Any species which can throw that much life away and still manage to replace itself will definitely add an immense amount to the food chain. Lion, cheetah, leopard, vultures, all of these depend deeply on the wildebeest migration, without it, the ecosystem would not be the same. — Each Autumn, millions of wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra migrate into Kenya’s Masai Mara. Following instinct, they are in search of fresh grass and pulled by recent rains. This spectacle attracts tourists from all over the world. This year, because of Covid-19, international tourism has been very low. The Mara isn’t empty because resident markets have filled many of the lodges on the weekends, however in comparison to normal years, it is very quiet.

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8. Fady Rostom

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9. Mwangi Kirubi

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When leaving the Masai Mara last Wednesday, we got stopped by a guide on our way to Sekenani Gate. He asked us if we'd seen a cheetah with cubs. He wanted to show them to guests who were following him in two other cars. We hadn't seen them. He had an idea of where they were so he asked we follow him. We joined their convoy and several minutes of driving through dry river beds and across lonely grasslands, the guide and guests stopped and got out of their cars. They had reached their destination – tented camp on the banks of the Sand River. We asked the guide about the cheetahs and he said they must have been in a different area. 💭 So here we were in the middle of nowhere with no bearing of where the Sekenani Gate was, feeling very cheated, having come all the way for nothing but grass. The dry river beds we'd crossed are crossable in one direction only so we couldn't use the same route back. We asked the guide for a route out. He told us to drive straight ahead and turn to the right past some trees. To encourage us, he said we might spot lions who were mating in the area. We followed his directions and less than 5 minutes later, we found the lions. Wrong directions can at times lead you to a better place. #MasaiMara #Migration2020 #TembeaKenya #MagicalKenya

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10. Samy Ghannam

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