Crossing the Mara-Fear, Anticipation and Determination
Maasai Mara is a place of natural wonder. This is the only place on earth where the coexistence between man and nature is at its fullest. Maasai warriors share the plains with hunting lions, cheetahs, jackals and other animals that fall prey to these horde of hunters. Even though Maasai Worriers excel in strength, speed and bravado, they never hunt. Every party here respects each other’s space. To cross the line means to fall victim to fangs, arrows or tusks.CTM has its lenses focussed on this part of the country; to unravel the beauty ,to explain mysteries and to bring you the most affordale travel packages.
The Maasai people don’t hunt, instead they are the guardians of all; predators and preys .Maasai’s believe that Enkai (God) entrusted them with all the cattle in the world, this is their source of sustenance. What these interesting people get from these plains is lush and fresh pastures for their herds. Meat milk and blood is what gets them going, and it has been that way for many years.
Year after year, millions of wildebeests take the dangerous path of crossing the Mara River. Many fall prey to the fierce crocodiles lurking in the water, while others slip down the steep and slippery banks and drown.
Did you know?
- Wildebeests have a mating ritual; this involves close to a million wildebeest mating at the same time. This way calves are born at the same time and this makes it easier for them to move together.
- Mating happens in the plains of the Maasai Mara between June and July, while calving happens in Ngoro Ngoro, Tanzania around October. The pasture here sustains the new increased numbers only for a short time and come January these ‘backpackers’ will be on the move again from the Serengeti to the Mara.
- Wildebeests can sense water 50 km away. They use thunder and lightning as the guiding light.
Wildebeests have to overcome many obstacles along the way during their migration:
- The big cats lurking in the bushes, praising the heavens for these intruders
- The strong beaked vultures that fly close-by waiting to peck away the dead should the opportunity arise
- The saw-teethed crocodiles in the Mara River happily anticipating a feast of a lifetime
- The tricky waters of the Mara River with its steep and slippery banks.
Yet there is no giving up. Search for green pastures to graze and to mate is the reason for all this risky affair.
This year CTM invites you to see the river crossings. Though some may say it is nature at its most brutal point, the event will be worth your time and money. You will oh in awe as this wonder of the world unfolds before your very eyes. You will have a chance to enjoy full game drives throughout the reserve. After this trip you may just thank the heavens that man has a bit of control in his fate.