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Migration Update from Governors’ Il Moran - Kenya

- Friday, August 12, 2016


The migration herds have arrived at Governors’ Il Moran.


The migration has just arrived on the plains around Governors’ Il Moran Camp.


Governors’ normally estimate that the migration will arrive in the Masai Mara by mid-July and this year they were bang on time. There are thousands of wildebeest and zebra covering the plains around camp. When the wildebeest arrive, a time of plenty begins for the lions, leopard, cheetah and hyena on the plains. The river crossings also begin in earnest with thousands of wildebeest and zebra running the gauntlet of fast currents and hungry crocodiles to cross the Mara River and reach fresh pasture on the other sides.


William Slynn shared his recent river crossing sighting on the Governors’ Camp Collection Facebook Page:
“After lunch we headed over to the main crossing point, hoping to see a large crossing. We paused briefly to take a picture of wildebeest and zebra which are now just outside Governors’ Camp. As we arrived at the main crossing point on the Mara River, four zebra were half way across the river. They all made it safely to the other side.



When the zebra and wildebeest refused to cross, a young zebra lead 3 others back across to the other side, perhaps to show them how safe it was. After a few minutes, a large group of zebra gathered at the river’s edge, had a quick drink, and decided the time was right to cross. The zebra led the charge, and made it across the river with apparent ease. Some young zebra struggled slightly to keep their heads above water but all made it across safely.


Moses, our guide, spotted a crocodile approaching. This crocodile appeared to be an inexperienced hunter, but with so many opportunities, it was unlikely to be hungry at the end of the day. The croc eventually managed to take down a zebra.



The crossing paused momentarily and the animals gathered on the banks, looking nervously at the water. One zebra decided to try another crossing point slightly further upstream and a large herd of wildebeest and zebra gathered behind. The zebra climbed in, swam half way and then decided to come back. We then returned to the other crossing point and hundreds of zebra, wildebeest and even topi crossed the river.



On the way back to camp we stopped and watched an approaching herd of elephants. They raised their trunks in the air, picking up scents in the distance. A group of vultures alerted us to a kill not too far away.

We passed two lions feeding on a young wildebeest. The vultures were gathered near to another carcass, which three hyenas were feasting on. With the migration having arrived, there is plenty of food to go around for the predators of the Masai Mara.”


It certainly sounds like a brilliant time to be in the Masai Mara.
A little more about Governors’ Il Moran Camp


Set in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Governors’ Il Moran Camp is regarded as the premier camp in the Masai Mara. Hidden in the forest along the edge of the Mara River, Il Moran Camp is a small and intimate camp with 10 luxury tents. The area is teeming with wildlife and guests can often experience wonderful sighting right from the camp. It is the perfect camp for those wanting to experience the Masai Mara with a touch of added luxury.




Migration Update - September 22


This week has seen a succession of huge river crossings culminating in a massive crossing yesterday where we estimate around 100,000 wildebeest crossed the Mara River in one go.


The crocodiles have been very active at the crossing sites taken wildebeest where they can and the male leopard continues to hunt on the river bank.



There have been very large numbers of wildebeest and zebra on the plains of the Masai Mara close to our camps and we have herds of wildebeest and zebra in Governors Camp, Governors Il Moran Camp and Governors Private Camp. Where the wildebeest go the lions are never far behind and we have seen the Marsh pride of lions hunting very close to Governors Camp. 


This is an amazing migration season and our guests have had some spectacular wildlife viewing, one couple who were staying with us for ten days saw thirteen river crossings, sometimes seeing two crossings a day. We have also had lovely sightings of a female leopard and her two cubs. Here are some photos taken over the last week.



Waltz of the Wildebeest at Sala’s Camp in the Masaai Mara - July 24


The Migration is Here! Big news from Sala's Camp as the migration starts to kick off! Millions of wildebeest can be seen flooding the plains just across the Sand River. They currently stretch from right outside Sala’s Camp to the east along the southern side of the Sand River for about 7 kilometres. Only a few small groups have crossed the river and the vast majority are still straddling the Kenya-Tanzania border. The Sand River is flowing so we are anticipating some impressive crossings when they decide to head north. Sala's Camp is soon be surrounded by these famous grunting 'beests'. Click here to watch the video











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