Serengeti is what the Maasai people call this land of endless plains.
When the night ends, numerous dark shapes are contrasted against the Serengeti grasslands. Some of them take the shape of umbrella acacia trees and rocky kopjes. Yet, as the sun rises, many of the dark spots on the savanna begin to move, initially chaotic, but in time, more orderly.
THE GREAT WILDEBEEST MIGRATION
The Great Migration continues. Over a million dark-brown wildebeests and their barely maturing calves resume their journey to follow the rain, to a land where grass is plentiful and the ground is less trampled, reaching there just in time for the annual mating season. Their striped and spotted companions, the zebras and giraffes, often follow them for a short distance.
The herd moves without a clear leadership hierarchy, without a clear route, and it waits for nothing. By instinct, the wildebeests are born to move and to follow. Their survival depends on whether the herd collectively moves in the right direction towards fresh pasture. Death is commonplace; it happens due to predation, exhaustion, or by moving into areas where food supplies have depleted.
LAMAI TRIANGLE, WHERE THE LUCKY ONES ARRIVE
The herds seem to know where the rain will fall — the northern Serengeti, where Tanzania shares a border with Kenya. Each year between June and August, the greatest natural spectacle on Earth unfolds as wildebeests cross the major rivers of the Serengeti.
Crocodile-infested and with steep river banks, often slippery and treacherous, the Grumeti and Mara river create barriers that filter out the weak and unlucky. Once they’ve crossed the Mara river, they arrive in a region called the Lamai Triangle, also known as the Lamai Wedge.
It is here that males begin to compete for the females’ attention. Many of the wildebeests here graze peacefully with minimal threats from predators. Some of the young have already matured after months of growing up in the toughest situations. Lions and hyenas usually prefer to hunt down easy prey such as young calves.
Of course, for the wildebeests, they are only halfway through their journey. The now pregnant females must return to the birthing place at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, at the foot of the active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, some hundreds of miles in the southeast.
A PRIVATE CAMP FOR A SELECTION OF VISITORS
In a permanent safari camp near the banks of Mara river, you can enjoy a serene, luxurious, and private viewing of the world’s largest gathering of ungulates. As the camp is privately owned, only a select few visitors can stay to reduce the environmental impact of tourism.
The Lamai Triangle is truly a unique destination where adventure and luxury blends in harmony. Contact us to learn more about your next visit to Lamai Triangle with Flagship Luxury Expeditions.