Loads of Diversity in the Mara

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You hear the words “Great Migration” – and you think of them wildebeests. Obviously, our Great Migration safaris are packaged and focused around one thing primarily – the millions of ungulates that cross the precarious waters of the Mara river during the peak migration season…but the overall diversity of the area will ensure that you see loads of other species of wildlife and birds as you traverse around in the Wild Eye Land Cruisers.

This list was compiled by a couple who joined us on our last dedicated photo safari in the Mara this year – Mark and Holly Needham. It’s a straight-up list of every species seen (confirmed sightings), but doesn’t indicate which species was seen multiple times (a great deal of them were seen frequently). Have a look at the list below and see if there isn’t a species you would be able to tick off your life-list if you should join us in the Mara in 2014…


  • African Elephant
  • Masai Giraffe
  • White-bearded Wildebeest
  • Plains Zebra
  • Thompson’s Gazelle
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
  • Cheetah
  • Hippopotamus
  • Topi
  • Spotted Hyena
  • Lions
  • Eland
  • Defassa Waterbuck
  • Impala
  • Banded Mongoose
  • Black Backed Jackal
  • Serval
  • Bohor Reedbuck
  • Leopard
  • Olive Baboon
  • Oribi
  • Warthog
  • Bat-Eared Fox
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  • Auger Eagle
  • Black Headed Heron
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture
  • Little Egret
  • Marabou Stork
  • Bateleur
  • Black-chested Snake Eagle
  • Secretary Bird
  • Black-bellied Bustard
  • Little Bee-eater
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • White-backed Vulture
  • Grey- crowned Crane
  • Hammerkop
  • White-browed Coucal
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • Tawny Eagle
  • Superb Starling
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • Kori Bustard
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Sacred Ibis
  • Fork-tailed Drongo
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Ground Hornbill
  • Hadada Ibis
  • Ostrich
  • Western Banded Snake Eagle
  • Yellow-billed Stork
  • Egyptian Geese
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Red-necked Spurfowl
  • Crowned Plover
  • Lilac-breasted Roller
  • Pied Crow
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  • Dung Beetle
  • Nile Crocodile
  • Termites (flying)
  • Butterflies (multiple species)
  • Terrapin
  • Agama Lizard
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If that doesn’t look like an impressive list for a week’s worth of  safari, then I don’t know what will impress you…

A big round of applause to Holly for keeping tabs on this so we can share it here. You can see more of the Needhams’ photos on 500px:

MARK:    http://500px.com/markneedham


Keep your eyes peeled for the official trip report of our 22-28 September 2013 Migration Photo Safari which will be out soon!

Morkel Erasmus

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