Each spring, in a desperate bid for survival, 1.3 million wildebeests race hundreds of miles north from the dry southern Serengeti plains to the lush grasses of the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It's an incredibly dangerous journey through a landscape dominated by apex predators, including lions, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles. Tens of thousands of wildebeests won't make it — so how will humans fare?
This series follows a team of twenty men and women in a feat that has never been attempted, as they set out on foot, unarmed and without a map or compass, to follow in the footsteps of the wildebeests. The human herd must cross hundreds of miles of scorched savannah — where water, food and shelter are hard to find but lethal predators roam unchecked — to reach the Mara River, the pinnacle of the wildebeests' death-defying quest for life.
Join the team on their exhausting and perilous six-week journey from the birthplace of mankind in the southern Serengeti, north to the Mara River, on a path carved by billions of hooves over countless centuries. Before embarking on their journey, the human herd load their packs with rations of food and water and seek guidance from a native tribe. While wildebeests are perfectly designed for the hurdles the migration presents, the humans are vulnerable in the face of such a primal test. With hundreds of miles in front of them, preparedness will be key to survival.
As the migration progresses, the human herd of twenty — made up of ex-special operations forces, survivalists, athletes, farmers and others — will thin to a hard-core elite as individuals tap out due to exhaustion, hunger or injury. The remaining group will fight their way to the finish — encountering mountains, deep ravines, impassable bogs, scorching plains and raging rivers. Beyond these fault lines, they must avoid countless predators lurking in long grass, in the water and in the shade of darkness. Every day brings them closer to safety while testing the limits of the human spirit and capability in Africa's most unforgiving playground.
"Mygrations" is produced by October Films for National Geographic Channels. For October Films, executive producers are Jos Cushing, Matt Robins, Chris Muckle and Doug McCallie. For National Geographic Channels, Matt Renner is vice president of production and Tim Pastore is global president of original programming and production.