How To Have The Best Calving Season Safari Experience In Tanzania? 5 Expert Tips : The Great Wildebeest Migration: This conjures up pictures for most of us of the plains of Africa and hundreds upon thousands of untamed creatures traveling across an immense savannah at a size beyond our comprehension. An adventure worthy of any daring traveler’s bucket list.
Then there are the points where rivers cross. For those that can handle the visual assault of witnessing many zebras, wildebeests, and antelope stampeding across crocodile-choked rivers while ravenous lions prowl the other shore.
Early in the year, safari visitors can witness a show in the southern Serengeti that rivals any other African natural event in terms of drama and scope. The annual cycle of the huge migration has resumed with the arrival of the calving season. Encircled by males and non-calving females, an incredible number of wildebeests assemble, creating a ring of protection around the young ones to shield them from the hordes of circling predators waiting for their opportunity.
In general, the Ndutu Region’s calving season does not get as many visitors as the northern Serengeti’s peak season. However, the experience will far exceed expectations for those who are interested in witnessing the point at which the Great Wildebeest Migration begins. So let’s look at why we recommend a visit to Tanzania during the calving season, what you can expect, and a few tips on how to set it up.
THE CALVING SEASON OF TANZANIA: NATURE’S CIRCLE OF LIFE IN ACTION
Following the rain and the new grass it brings with it, the wildebeest make a complete round to the Ndutu region as they migrate south. Nearly two million wildebeest gather in Ndutu, which connects the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the southern Serengeti, for calving season.
Every day, on average, 8,000 calves are born between late December and early March. Together with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, these enormous herds graze on the rich grass that grows in the rich soil that has been created by ages of volcanic activity in Ngorongoro, to the east of the area. In a natural symbiotic relationship, the wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle travel together and share the abundant short grass, while the wildebeest chooses the taller wild grasses.
Throughout Tanzania’s summer, about two million animals will pass through the area, feeding on the nutrient-rich grass and fostering the growth and vigor of the young calves. Even though the newborns can stand and walk in a matter of minutes, they will require every advantage to make it through their voyage.
As luck would have it, lion cubs are also giving birth during this time. Because prey is plentiful during this season, lionesses teach their young how to hunt and live. It’s possible for some of us to believe that predators have it easy, especially with so many helpless and defenseless newborn calves in front of them. However, the reality is that they have equal difficulties finding food and providing for both themselves and their children.
The intelligent wildebeest cows have been able to outsmart predators for tens of thousands of years. To ensure that their newborn calves are not easily preyed upon by similarly desperate and crafty predators, they know to herd together and form protective rings around them.
It may surprise you to hear that wildebeest have “swarm intelligence,” which enables them to systematically scout out new areas of grassland and ward against predators as a sizable but unified herd. Therefore, during calving season, every animal is battling for its life and the safety of its young, resulting in a chaotic and unpredictable melee over the plains. But in reality, it’s a well-coordinated, instinctive pitched war. What follows are the most intensely dramatic hunting scenes that could never be captured on screen or in a motion picture.
WHY IS THE CALVING SEASON A GOOD TIME TO GO ON SAFARI?
Every season offers advantages, and a lot depends on your preferences and dream itinerary for an African safari. However, there’s one reason why we think the calving season is particularly unique. It provides everything.
A vast and astounding panorama showcasing about two million species and the entire life cycle of nature is shown to the viewer. You will also see the beginning of the largest terrestrial animal migration in the world. You will gain a greater comprehension of the natural world and the daily challenges faced by these amazing creatures, both predators and prey, as they strive to live another day. The best time to see a cheetah pursuit is during Calving Season in Ndutu.
A chance to discover the Ndutu plains in the southern Serengeti environment exists during a calving season safari. Since you can only drive off-road here, you have the best opportunity to see amazing sightings because you will be able to get up close and personal with the animals!
Everything will scream “new life,” and the environment will be verdant. Since the grass on the Ndutu Plains is short all year round, this is also the ideal period for photo safaris. More wildlife than any other place in Africa may be seen by visitors here. Slightly to the southeast is the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest volcanic crater in the world, complete with its own environment and wildlife display. Or go to Olduvai Gorge, which is among the oldest places where people have lived.
TIPS TO HAVE THE BEST CALVING SEASON SAFARI EXPERIENCE
We think we’ve given you some very good reasons to schedule a Tanzania safari during calving season. Here are some pointers to make sure you’re ready for the most pleasurable safari ever.
Book With A Safari Operator Who Knows Tanzania Like The Back Of Their Hand
There are many different tour companies available, but you should choose a trustworthy guide who has up-to-date information on the herds’ exact locations. There are seasonal differences in the region’s locations, timing, and weather due to its size. The most skilled and informed group of guides is available at Focus East Africa Tours, who make sure you arrive at the appropriate location on schedule.
Book Well In Advance
Accommodations often fill up quickly, especially in January and February and towards the end of December. It is advisable to reserve your safari at least half a year in advance.
Be patient with nature.
The natural world is erratic. If your best animal isn’t there on the first day, it’s normal to get a little antsy or to worry that you might miss it all. But keep in mind that you are in the wild. You’ll need to adjust your pace and perspective to match that of the local wildlife and environment. Nature unfolds across enormous stretches of country at her own pace. Give yourself enough time, and allow your guide to decide when and where you have the best chance to see these incredible animals. You’re not going to be let down.
Keep your camera handy.
You’ll be treated to breathtaking views and breathtaking sights that defy description. You won’t want to miss immortalizing all you see; therefore, you’ll want to take pictures of it all. You will have traveled a great distance to see these sights, as they are not easily accessible. Thus, get a good camera and carry it along. It is advised that you familiarize yourself with a few wildlife photography tips in order to increase your chances of getting something truly stunning and elusive.
The significance of wearing comfortable clothing cannot be overstated. It can get very hot during the Calving season, especially in January and February, and there’s always a danger of rain. Pick gear that will shield you from the weather, is lightweight, and is versatile. In the evenings, dress in layers to be comfortable, and remember to pack a hat to protect your head from the sun.
BOOK YOUR CALVING SEASON SAFARI WITH US
If you can visit Tanzania between the end of December and March, one of the most popular Tanzanian safari experiences is during the calving season in the southern Serengeti. A calving season safari is highly recommended, but a flawless and delightful safari experience depends greatly on choosing the correct tour operator. That’s just what Focus East Africa Tours guarantees. Do you wish to proceed with booking your safari vacation, or do you need more information? Reach out to us right now.