Serengeti Safari

The Great Migration and Goodbye Serengeti!

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Serengeti Safari

The Great Migration and goodbye Serengeti!  / 30 June and 1 July

Just as we thought we had seen it all, we saw a very small section of the annual great migration: a long line of wildebeest and zebra purposefully walking to cross a nearby hill along a well worn nearby path. They were on the way to the Mara on the border of the Serengeti and finally into Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Millions of wildebeest and zebras and also eland have the urge to follow this clockwise migration path imprinted – regardless of obstacles or conditions, they have to follow this urge. When they cross the Mara river, dramatic scenes unfurl as thousands are trampled or get drowned in the rush and this is accompanied by crocodile feeding frenzies and predators closing in.

 

On our last evening, we were thrilled to see a den of hyena, where an injured older female took care of a nursery of young ones while the parents went off in search of food.

 

On the 1st of July, it was time to book out and head for the nearby Ikoma airstrip for the flight on Coastal airlines back to Kilimanjaro. We arrived at a desolate airfield with no facilities whatsoever, and Ed and the driver had to chase some impala off the runway so that the plane would have a clear landing space. Sure enough, the narrow twelve-seat aircraft arrived and we squeezed in. After a stunning flight with a couple of stops along the way to drop off and pick up passengers, we arrived safely at our destination.

What a dramatic end to an incredible safari. I am already planning a tour to Serengeti Mara in 2018, and I am requesting our wonderful tour guide, Jeremiah, to accompany us.

Tracker and guide

Buffalo ahead!

Breakfast in the bush

Wildebeest in The Great Migration

Walking with a purpose

Hyena cub seen on a night drive

Inside a Hyena den

Last evening at the Grumeti Hills Lodge

Dropped off at Ikoma airstrip

The runway is clear

View of farmlands from above

Last night at Kia Lodge

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