This incredible phenomenon, one of the wonders of the world, where millions of wildebeests (with some zebras and gazelles) move between Tanzania and Kenya in search for food – was something we were not expecting see.
We knew we would see some huge herds here and there since the movement had already begun, but had zero expectations when it came to seeing the most crucial part of the movement – the river crossing.
But, our lucky streak continued. On the 4th day, we went to one of the crossing points (There are a certain no. of marked areas where the wildebeests collect to cross). Even reaching that point was incredible – must’ve crossed thousands and thousands of wildebeests on our way, with little herds of Zebras among them (Actually called a “dazzle” of zebras). It was pretty hilarious watching the wildebeests run, with one “guard” trying to keep them in line.
We got to one of the main points, saw that the animals (some hundreds of them) had started collecting at the river bank and were creating ‘pressure’ before the first BRAVE one got in. Unfortunately, on the other side, there were 5-6 hyenas feasting on an old carcass – That made the herds disperse, and we had to wait for a couple of hours before they actually found the courage to start crossing.
A LOT of things happened next and I cannot put that down here for many reasons – most importantly, we might just get into trouble! So, this story is going to be censored and will remain our secret little adventure.
But the feeling – their panicked voices, the UTTER CHAOS, absolute confusion, my throbbing migraine while watching the crocs go underwater again and again (they were too lazy and full and didn’t get anything though), our hearts in our mouth – it was absolute MADNESS. A warped and crazy version of an adrenaline rush for us! Their horrified, scared voices kept ringing in my ears for the next couple of hours.
These image don’t quite catch the commotion, which is why I NEED TO GO BACK FOR THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN!
One of the most extraordinary experiences ever.
Backing this story up with the “Stampede” soundtrack from Lion King. Hans Zimmer, you genius :’)
“Look Sire, they’re on the move.”