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Tourists set for annual wildebeest migration
26 Jul 2018

Tourists set for annual wildebeest migration

By GEORGE SAYAGIE

Maasai Mara National Reserve came to life as the annual wildebeest migration season kicked off on Wednesday.

Most hotels in the world famous reserve are fully booked and Nation on Wednesday learnt that bookings were turned down, with the business boom expected to last for the next two months.

The wildebeests crossed the Sand River Gate point on Tuesday evening after delays for over two weeks due to wildfires at Northern Serengeti in Tanzania.

This means Maasai Mara’s annual tourism peak season has started. “News of the migration will certainly elicit curiosity that will see the number of tourists in the region swell,” said tour operator Nawaza Tuneja, who was guiding a group of Europeans in the reserve.

The annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara is one of the greatest natural spectacles and the eighth wonder of the world. It is the world’s largest migration, involving more than two million animals in search of greener pastures in Kenya. It usually starts in July and ends in October.

The migration lights up tourism in the reserve with the huffing and snorting of the animals as they migrate kicking off the annual spectacle.

Also known as gnu, the stocky, oxlike African antelope with a drooping mane and beard, a long tufted tail and curved horns is usually accompanied by zebras, all stampeding across the River Gate tributary into the Mara.


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