Wildebeest crossing the Mara River © Magicalkenya.com

The wow factor: July to October is when the annual wildebeest migration takes place, with as many as 1.5 million of the mammals and hundreds of thousands of zebra making their way from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara. One of the obstacles they face is the mighty Mara River, and the sight of hordes of wildebeest leaping off the river’s high banks and swimming across while predators including crocodiles and lions lie in wait is one of the natural world’s greatest spectacles.  

Did you know? Also known as gnu, both male and female wildebeest have horns. Calves can walk within minutes of birth.

Stay: ToEscapeTo.com features five-night stays in the Mara Porini Camp & Porini Lion Camp in Kenya from £1,525 up to mid-October. Flights to Nairobi are extra and cost from £650 return. Africa Odyssey is offering four nights for the price of three at Alex Walker’s Serian Camp in Tanzania throughout September from £3,300, including flights, internal transfers and game-viewing drives. www.toescapeto.com, www.africaodyssey.com

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