Virus scare to watch migration
For the first time in many decades, the world-famous wildebeest migration from Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a low-key event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The migration kicked off on Friday last week, with a handful of international tourists who usually make full bookings at the camps and lodges during the peak season witnessing the event. “We are also banking on locals to witness the wildebeest migration as the effects of the disease continue to take a toll on the sector,” noted Kekorok lodge manager James ole Pere.
In the past five days, more than two million gnus have been migrating to the savanna for greener pasture. The stocky ox-like African antelope has a drooping mane and beard, a long tufted tail and curved horn.
This season has come and would certainly end without the traditional thousands of prying human eyes.A survey at the game reserve by the Nation showed bushes have taken over what used to be game-viewing roads as well as at lodges and camps.
Temporary tents, which operate during peak seasons, are missing, all thanks to the low business volume.