The Migration

The migration is now in full swing and dusty herds of wildebeest pass camp on a daily basis – often at quite some pace! It’s quite something to enjoy afternoon tea in Elephant Pepper Camp’s beautiful shaded mess tent and watch them all fly by.

For the past week, the magnificent Cheli & Peacock lion pride have been very close to camp and making the most of the plentiful wildebeest. Many of our guests have enjoyed watching some spectacular kills very close to camp and later falling asleep to the night-time sounds of this 29-strong pride.

Last weekend, everyone at camp enjoyed a day excursion to main Maasai Mara Reserve to witness the migration at its best, as hundreds upon thousands of zebra and wildebeest brave the Mara River crossing. After a busy morning Patrick, Sophie and the team surprised the guests with lunch in the bush, right alongside one of the main river crossings – a beautiful spot with a great view up and down the great river. Two vast pots of delicious South African potjie were followed by Patrick’s excellent banana flambe, before heading back out to explore the reserve before heading back to camp for a late afternoon tea in the quiet solitude of the Mara North Conservancy.

Great herds of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River.
Great herds of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River.
The crossings provide a feast for scavengers and predators alike.
The crossings provide a feast for scavengers and predators alike.

Written by Patrick and Sophie at Elephant Pepper Camp.
Photograph by Elephant Pepper Camp guest, Zephne Botha

2 thoughts on “The Migration

  1. These are DEAD wildebeests in this photo!!! Complete with vultures standing on their carcasses! Pleeasse!

    1. Yes indeed, this is the resulting ‘carnage’ post one of the crossings that provides a feast for scavengers and predators.

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