The herds of thousands of migrating wildebeest in the Mara have started moving back into Tanzania and our guests have been treated to some large river crossings. Recent rains in the Mara have made it more difficult for the animals and the crossings are often quite dramatic.

One unforgettable incident was where a mother wildebeest and her calf struggled across the river. With the strong current the mother got separated from her calf and watched helplessly as her baby was swept away. A female hippo was watching nearby, and to everyone’s amazement, she came to the calf’s rescue and pushed it gently to the river bank. The young gnu was reunited with its mother, who was waiting anxiously at the bank. Maternal love can be so strong it even surpasses species boundaries!