Migration Update from Governors’ Camp – Kenya
Safari LIVE 2017 on Nat Geo Wild
Friends of Governors! The migration is in full swing, we have seen big river crossings of wildebeest and zebra and its an exciting time to be in the Masai Mara. We are currently hosting the WildEarth team from SafariLIVE on the Governors Hot Air Balloon. SafariLIVE are filming live from the Masai Mara every week in conjunction with Nat Geo Wild. With some bonus live broadcasts on the Governors Balloon Safaris and Governors Camp facebook pages.
You can watch the LIVE safari adventure tonight (Friday 28th July) at 11PM EST on Nat Geo Wild!
You can also watch the episodes live on safariLIVE’s YouTube channel @ 5am CAT each Saturday for the next 5 weeks. Here are the links to watch live:
You can also watch the episodes of safariLIVE on Nat Geo Wild’s website. Here is the link to SafariLIVE on the Nat Geo Wild’s Website:
If you would like to ask the team questions live you can ask them live on twitter using the #safarilive
In case you missed them here are the links to the last two live broadcasts some of which were filmed live from the Governors Balloon including some dramatic footage of a lone zebra crossing the Mara River.
We hope you enjoy the live action from the Masai Mara brought to you by WildEarth and Safarilive.
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.
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.
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.