The Magic of the Great Migration
We visited Kenya almost by chance. All the trips we had done so far had one thing in common: the most exciting moments were those shared with wild animals. At the time, we didn’t have in mind to visit Kenya but the obsession to relive those magical moments had us quickly changing our plans. First we visited Borneo, Tanzania and finally Kenya, which was chosen after discovering that it was high season to enjoy the great migration of wildebeest. And with that we were in Kenya, visiting 5 national reserves in 6 days, accompanied by Waithaka, our guide and friend.
It’s pretty difficult to explain the sensation of seeing such an amount and variety of wild animals in their natural habitat. Of course we were completely overwhelmed, we even experienced the Stendhal Syndrome when we saw 2 male lions awakening from their “siesta” and playing together. Waithaka always told us that to spot animals we had to be patient and that we were better off focusing on enjoying views and letting the rest happen. Thanks to his advice and animal sighting skills, we got to see all possible animals: The Big 5, all kinds of antelopes and other large animals like crocodiles, hippos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and the wildebeest.
It’s stunning how a migration of an animal, as simple as the wildebeest can cause so many changes in nature.
With the Lion King soundtrack playing at the back of my mind, It was amazing to experience this beautiful, pure and extraordinary part of our planet.
And the people.. they won us with their big smiles and kindness. Opening up and showing us their love for the land where they live and the animals with whom they share it.
Men from the Maasai tribe dancing traditional dance to scare the lion
The Stendhal Syndrome moment in Lake Nakuru.
A thousandth part of the wildebeest found in Maasai Mara during the Great Migration season.
Local people fishing in Lake Naivasha. 20 meters away there was a family of 10 hippos.