One of the most incredible sights to see on an African safari is the Great Migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra make the journey every year with their young, from the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the greener Masai Mara in Kenya.
The river crossing is a big part of the migration and tourists flock to the river even when there are no animals in sight. Not only are the banks of the river incredibly steep and the water pretty deep, which means a lot of animals fall and drown, but the river is also full of hungry crocodiles, waiting patiently for the huge feast of wildebeest that walks right to them every year.
The animals that make it across this dangerous threshold carry on to Kenya’s grassy lands where the food and water is rife.
We were there a short while before the migration began and although we didn’t see any brave animals attempting to cross the river, we did see hundreds of them starting to herd together in preparation for the crossing in the coming weeks.
But while the river was quiet, the hippos seemed to be perfectly happy to chill out in the water without a care in the world for the crocs that lined the banks and the stampede of wildebeest that would soon be upon them.