Dramatic savannah storms sweep in nourishment and new life, and an innate primordial urge pulls the wildebeest to the site of their origins to reproduce. The plains literally come to life for the birthing season. Millions of gnus and zebra dominate the landscape, looking for the fresh green grass that follows the first rains – and to give birth to their young.
This part of the world is remarkable for its sheer mind-boggling immensity: think unending savannah, massive vaulted skies – and 2 million wildebeest giving birth to 400,000 calves within a period of 3 to 4 weeks. It’s vastness and numbers on a scale that stretches the boundaries of the imagination.
Fourty kilometres away, our mobile camp Kusini has an incredible vantage point of the vastness of the plains. Ancient trails weave the migration past and through the camp. Given the sheer multitude of plains game and their brand new babies, the big cats are never far behind for an easy meal: this is especially prime cheetah country, and there is ample opportunity to watch these impressive predators in action.