The great migration – the gory aftermath

Being in East Africa’s Masai Mara and Serengeti national parks during the annual migration is high up on every animal lover’s wish list. The awesomeness is in the sheer numbers and the opportunity to witness one of
nature’s most incredible spectacles.  Not everybody is lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time to see the famous River Crossings – when thousands of wildebeest, on auto-pilot, launch themselves as one into crocodile infested rivers with a seemingly blind faith in ‘safety in numbers’.

As nature has it, there are casualties and this is good news for the predators – the crocodiles, hyena, jackal, other small mammals and ultimately squabbling parties of vulture and ugly marabou storks.

jackal & vulture 'tidying up' in the Serengeti

But be prepared. The aftermath of the migration is not for the faint hearted. You will need a strong stomach.  The river banks and immediate surrounds are literally littered with carcasses being chewed and pecked.  Grim as it may be, this is all part of nature’s big plan as hundreds of creatures, birds and insects ultimately benefit from the gory slaughter.

Vultures and a 'picked clean' carcass

If you would like to visit East Africa and see the migration it is best to start planning and booking your trip now. It is tricky choosing which safari camps to book as it all depends on the time of year and whether you travel to Tanzania or Kenya or both. Talk to one of our African Safari Consultants for more advice and info.

2 Responses to “The great migration – the gory aftermath”

  1. Reply

    Matt Hamilton

    My dad always took the prize when it came to finishing off braai meet to the bone but these guys take the cake wow. Not much left after they’re done is there?

  2. Reply

    Jeff

    Hey Vanessa,
    Great article! I’ve been doing a lot of research on the migration but I like how you took it in a different direction. Here’s another article on the Migration that is pretty good too (if you want to check it out):
    http://thisboundlessworld.com/the-great-migration-of-east-africa-serengeti-to-masai-mara

    Thanks!
    On my way to East Africa!

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