Mara River Crossing

For the last 8 years I have been doing a research on Mara River Crossing.
Like in 2019 there have been over 65 crossings on the 35 Kms long stretch on the Mara River in Serengeti section of the river.
These are counted river crossing during day time.
Its presumed that the crossing also happens during the dark of the night

We Tanzanian Groups 2 Join safaris have come up with a plan, that you as client get the maximum time for getting to see this great event in the Serengeti
From Middle of July to October you have great chances to see river crossing at Mara River, the chances are good.

Spending 4 Nights in this area you stand good chances to see this great event of crossing the river , there are good chances that you will get to see the big dragons of Mara River (Crocodiles) some reach 16 feet plus, they are huge.
Luck has to be on your side to see this spectacular event.

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To see this spectacular event, we Tanzania Groups 2 Join safari  have come up with a plan, pending 4 nights close to Mara River during this River crossing season that starts from Mid-July  to October. You have a good chance to see this spectacular event of nature.

That takes place in this area.

Sometimes this wildebeests are confused and they will be crossing the opposite way.

All this is because they have lost their calf!!!

Mother is a mother came what may!!!

She will try and look for her calf, cross the river a few times!!

Sometimes she will get lucky, sometimes she won’t!!!

Eventually she will give up and move on.

But that is how nature takes control!! Control of numbers.

River Crossing is one of the spectacles that has to be on your bucket list.



The Great South Serengeti Migration

Just after the short rains in November.

The Great Migration moves to Central Serengeti and then moves to the short grass plains in the South.

The Great herds remain in South Serengeti all the way to May (Depending on the rains).

Then they start to move North in mid-June.

Season changes in central Serengeti National Park.

From Mid-June it’s the start of Season of the big Cats.

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The Calving Season

This is another spectacular event that has to be on your bucket list.

This Is the time when over 8000 calves are born per day in a period of 6 weeks
It has been reported by fellow guides that, Wildebeest will start giving birth as early as December, this all depends on the mating season.

The best time to see Calving season is from Mid-February to March , this is the time when you will get to see every mother has a calf , it’s the same with all the plains game in Serengeti, starting from  Zebra, Topi  – Eland and other plains game.

Watching this epic of giving birth is amazing.

Taking a Wildebeests that are plenty.

Mother will give birth.

In 15 Minutes the calf will be on its feet!!

In other 15 minutes the calf will be suckling from its mom.

It will then walk away from the place the calf was born.

You will then get to see the scavengers (The Natural Cleaners of Serengeti) will then fly in clean up the afterbirth and the calves who do not make it.

In 2008

Around Angata Kiti plains on the way to Nasera Rock to set up a private camp,

We came across this newly born wildebeest, this wildebeest calf was deformed, it had short and deformed legs.

The Mother abandoned it after 30 minutes of it not able to stand.

This is how it works with the plains game.

the give the newly calf at least 30 minutes for the calf to be on its feet!!

If not the mother leaves the calf and moves on the scavengers then move in.

It’s not cruel, it’s how nature takes care of itself.

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Looking at this picture you can see that this wildebeest calf who is a handicap, it has deformed legs.

Big head small body.

The mother abandoned this calf and moved on.

There was nothing we could do!! We then saw Jackals, We moved and gave the Jackals space so that they would get a meal.

That is nature.

Over the past 25 year I have seen so much with nature that one has to leave it the way it is!!!

Let nature take care of nature, one has to have a strong heart to see all this.

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Season of the Big Cats

Starting Mid-June all the way to October just before the herds came back to Central Serengeti, Central Serengeti becomes the season of the big cats.

This is the time you when on safari you will get to see lots of cat during this time of the year.

This is the time in Central Serengeti you will get to see only resident herds of plain games, this is the time when the lions will go for Buffalo as meal.

The will feed well but will sustain injuries as well and even this injuries will cause death, this is nature at its best!!

During this time of the year the big herds are up north of Serengeti and in the Masai Mara.

Central Serengeti becomes the land of big cats.

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In 2019 while guiding a female photographer in Serengeti for 8 great safari days in Serengeti  in just one day we counted 135 different lions in Central Serengeti This is one of the pictures of a male sleeping.

This was just in Central Serengeti, We even had a pride of lions who came to camp to investigate with the cubs!!

Just to check who was next door!!!

This has been a safari where 350 pictures of Lions were taken from different areas we drove 30% being the same lions that we saw in 8 days.