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Out to Africa - in search of the Greatest Show on Earth

Just one-and-a-half more sleeps...

Back in the autumn last year, a friend (thanks Jen) suggested I might be willing to hold a talk for Avon Wildlife Trust about some of my wildlife related travels. I agreed to talk about “African Safaris” as I do have quite some experience (and a number of photos) of the subject matter. The problem was, once the “safari thought” had been introduced into my brain, it matured into a strong desire to travel to Africa to shoot some more animals. Hence this trip was booked. We get back home with just a week to spare before the talk - not much pressure then!

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Having been on numerous safaris in the past, it has always been my dream to see the migration crossing the Mara River, and I therefore contacted our trusted ground handler in Tanzania (Calabash African Adventures) asking them to set up a “Migration Safari” for us. I am fully aware that seeing a river crossing is far from guaranteed, as they are often elusive, rapid experiences, but just seeing the sheer number of animals that are likely to be in this area will be worth the trip.

The annual wildebeest migration is renowned to be one of the world's most spectacular wildlife events and is often called “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

The migration doesn't just happen in one place at one time, with the animals walking from A to B, and it is also not a continuously forward motion. They go forward, backwards, and to the sides, they mill around, they split up, they join forces again, they walk in a line, the spread out, or they hang around together. You can never predict with certainty where they will be; the best you can do is choose a likely location and timing based on past experience. And then hope for the best!

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I am hoping to be able to update this blog while we are away, and will be taking my mobile internet with me; however, I am sceptical about the mobile phone coverage in the bush. And we really ARE going to be in the wild for a few days, staying in a luxury mobile camp in the far north west of Serengeti; so if you don't see any updates, do not fret. They will eventually be published even if you have to wait until we get home.

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Safari here we come!

Posted by Grete Howard 06:24 Archived in United Kingdom

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