The First River Crossing for 2012
We are delighted to announce that the first major wildebeest crossing of the Mara River occurred on July 26th about 20 minutes upriver from the bridge at the Kogatende Ranger Post. Several lucky ADS guests with impeccable timing landed at the Kogatende Airstrip on the morning of July 26th and were treated to a massive crossing of tens of thousands of wildebeest. Our guides reported that the wildebeest crossing took a whopping 1 hour and 20 minutes with several successful hunts by the resident crocodiles. Talk about winning the safari lottery!
This was a very unusual year in that the record amounts of rainfall in the green season delayed the wildebeest from departing the southern plains by one full month. This is quite extraordinary taking into consideration that the migration arrived two months early, which calculate out to the wildebeest spending almost seven months on the plains this year (from mid October to mid May).