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Wildebeest crossing the Mara by Braedene

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Just like the crossing of the zebra in Kenya, but the noise was magnified ten times. There were thousands of wildebeest lined up on the embankment on this section of the Mara in Tanzania. They had paced around the whole day the previous day and then one jumped in at 7 am and as our camp was set not 5 minutes away we watched for over an hour as they poured across. I would love to show a series of shots I took, but this one gives a slight insight into the numbers at that moment. Some were crushed with the stampede into the water, adults as well as babies. The crocs, vultures and storks had a feast day, horrible! The delight when they crossed was fantastic, almost brought tears to your eyes, the babies called on their mothers , some turning to go back in the melee. The filled the side we were on in their hundreds and got the greener pastures. An unforgettable scene.
Just a point to note, this was not long after dawn and the mist was swirling up the river towards us., but it is much lighter on my screen.


wildebeest, mara crossing, tanzania, africa


  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor110 months ago

    wow such a thrilling life and death spectacle to witness in anyones lifetime!! it must have been amazing to be nearby!! thanks so much for sharing

    very best wishes

  • Hi Maggie, such a long time since we all got together. Yes it was but hard to see the deaths. Thank you so much. Liz :-)

    – Braedene

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomez10 months ago

    Amazing, what a fantastic sight to witness, super capture Liz …

  • Hi again Tom, thank you – will try and put up some more ; heartrending, especially when you saw adults and babies with damaged limbs struggling trapped in the water till they succumbed.

    – Braedene

  • jozi1
    jozi110 months ago

    Fabuluos.Braedene :)

  • Many thanks – wonderful to share such a unique time. Liz

    – Braedene

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassa10 months ago

    Impressive!!! Fave.

  • Thank you again Al- hard to watch those that were trapped and who drowned in the melee.

    – Braedene

  • John44
    John4410 months ago

    Nice picture with nice mood Liz!!

  • Hi John
    Thank you so much- even the mist added to that sight although it did clear eventually.

    – Braedene

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Everson10 months ago

    Stunning Liz, would be a sight to see.

  • It was incredible Terry. Many thanks for your comment.

    – Braedene

  • David Clarke
    David Clarke10 months ago

  • Thank you .

    – Braedene

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