Tourist in hot air balloon over the Masai Mara captures incredible footage of wildebeest

Tourist in hot air balloon over the Masai Mara captures incredible footage of thousands of wildebeest stampeding across the savanna below

  • The clip was filmed by a tourist in Kenya on an early morning flight in August
  • And as the balloon gets lower, the wildebeest take fright and begin to zig-zag 
  • A wildebeest can grow to eight feet in length and weigh up to 600lbs 

Jennifer Newton for MailOnline

Incredible footage shot from a hot air balloon has captured the amazing sight of a giant herd of wildebeest stampeding across an African savanna.

The clip was filmed by a tourist in Kenya during an early morning flight over the Masai Mara National Reserve in August.

It shows the group of wildebeest, which seems to be made up of thousands of animals, racing across the landscape as the hot air balloon swoops around overhead.

Incredible footage shot from a hot air balloon has captured the amazing sight of a giant herd of wildebeest stampeding across an African savanna 

Incredible footage shot from a hot air balloon has captured the amazing sight of a giant herd of wildebeest stampeding across an African savanna 

The clip was filmed by a tourist in Kenya during an early morning flight over the Masai Mara National Reserve in August 

The clip was filmed by a tourist in Kenya during an early morning flight over the Masai Mara National Reserve in August 

The group of wildebeest, which seems to be made up of thousands of the animals, race across the landscape as the hot air balloon hovers overhead

The group of wildebeest, which seems to be made up of thousands of the animals, race across the landscape as the hot air balloon hovers overhead

Later in the footage, the pilot of the balloon fires up the burner, and the wildebeest take fright.

And as the balloon descends closer to the ground, the creatures change direction and zig-zag.

Wildebeest, also called gnus, belong to the family Bovidae, which includes antelopes, cattle, goats, sheep, and other even-toed horned ungulates.

A wildebeest can grow to eight feet in length and weigh up to 600lbs and typically inhabit the Serengeti plains of southeastern Africa.

As the hot air balloon gets closer to the ground, the wildebeest begin to zig-zag

As the hot air balloon gets closer to the ground, the wildebeest begin to zig-zag

A wildebeest can grow to eight feet in length and weigh up to 600lbs

A wildebeest can grow to eight feet in length and weigh up to 600lbs

Up to 80,000 wildebeest - some weighing up to 43 stone - migrate each year from Tanzania to Kenya

Up to 80,000 wildebeest – some weighing up to 43 stone – migrate each year from Tanzania to Kenya

Each year, herds of wildebeest stampede across fast-flowing rivers infested with hungry crocodiles as they migrate.

Up to 80,000 of the creatures – some weighing up to 43 stone – risk death as they dash through the treacherous waters.

The wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania to the greener plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya on a tough two-month long 1,800-mile journey.


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