Wildebeest calves born in the Serengeti Grasslands
Wildebeest calves born in the Serengeti Grasslands : Serengeti national park is a famous wildlife viewing destination of Tanzania which is known for the wildebeest migration which takes place annually.
The national park is located in the northern part of Tanzania and the calving season is among the attractions which can be witnessed during a safari in Serengeti national park.
Serengeti national park is made up of open savannah plains which are also referred to as endless plains and also consists of kopjes, acacia woodlands which make up the scenery at the destination.
Calving season occurs in Serengeti national park and also around the Ngorongoro conservation area. Around the Ndutu area, the calving season can also be witnessed during a safari.
During the calving season, thousands of calves are born to the wildebeests across the grassy plains of Serengeti national park. On a daily, wildebeests give birth to their young ones in the calving season.
The calving season takes place during the months of December to March when over 8000 calves are born. In December the wildebeests can be seen around the southern parts of Serengeti national park and during a safari they can be seen grazing around the grassy plains.
Around February, the calving season is at its peak and is an amazing spectacle as the wildebeests give birth to the calves. These wildebeest calves are strong and after birth take a short time to adapt to their environment and are soon running around the savannah plains.
Predators are another common sight during the calving season of the wildebeests and lions, hyenas, cheetahs can be seen around the grassy plains as they wait to prey on the unknowing calves.
The short grass plains around which the wildebeests graze works to their advantage especially against attacks from the lions and other predators around Serengeti national park since the predators can be spotted as they approach the wildebeests.
The birthing wildebeests are also protected along with their young by other wildebeests in their herds which surround the wildebeests and this ensures the survival of the calves.
Watching the calving season is an exciting experience during a safari around Serengeti national park and other locations where the calving takes place and is a memorable adventure of watching lions, hyenas, cheetahs and other predators hunting and seeing as the wildebeests birth their young ones.
The wildebeest migration also takes place in June and July when the river crossings occur around the Grumeti river in the western part of Serengeti national park.
Wildebeests are generally grazers and can be seen around the grassy plains of Serengeti national park. These wildlife species move both in the night and during day and are accompanied by other wildlife species like zebras and gazelles during their migration.
The wildebeest migration can also be seen in Masai Mara national reserve in the south western part of Kenya and in other parts of Serengeti national like the northern part western and central or Seronera area.
Before engaging in a safari around Serengeti national park, park entry fees are among the charges which tourists are expected to clear in order to drive into the national park and engage in various activities and enjoy the calving season.
Park entrance fees of 71 USD per person for adult non-residents (above 16 years of age) and children below the age of 5 years are allowed to enter Serengeti national park without any charge. The park entrance fees for Serengeti national park also varies for residents and East Africans.
Lodging during the wildebeest migration and the calving season.
There are also various accommodation facilities such as mobile migration camps or semi-permanent camps around Serengeti national park which follow the movement of the wildebeests during the migration and also in the calving season.
These lodges are found around the Ndutu area, Ngorongoro conservation area and in the southern parts of Serengeti national park and they offer luxury experiences on safari around the destinations and a front seat to the great spectacle of over 2 million wildebeests moving across the national park in their herds.
From the comfort of your lodge located either around Ndutu or south of Serengeti national park, you are able to enjoy seeing the calving season and all the action during the wildebeest migration.
Some of the lodges are also located close to the rivers where river crossings take place during the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem such as around the Mara river and Grumeti river which are major points for the river crossings.
A variety of activities are also offered by the lodges for their guests during their safaris around Serengeti national park and these include;
Game drives around the Serengeti plains during the calving season are a unique experience which gives the tourists a closer view at the wildebeest herds and the predators while exploring the different attractions around the national park. This activity is carried out at different times of day such as in the morning, afternoon or evening.
Many wildlife species can also be seen around the grassy plains of Serengeti national park and these include the big 5 such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos. Other wildlife species in the national park include zebras, gazelles, impalas, hippos, giraffes, waterbucks, kudu, hartebeests, and many others.
Guided bush walks are also organized during safaris around Serengeti national park during game viewing experiences. During the calving season, this particular experience is seen up close in the company of a ranger guide as you enjoy stunning views in the national park. Some of the lodges around the national park also organize this activity for their guests.
Cultural tours during a safari around Serengeti national park is also another experience at the destination which involves connecting with the local community such as the Hadzabe people, the Datoga, Maasai and many others. A number of activities are carried out during this experience that also involves learning more about the culture and traditions of the locals, visiting the homesteads among others.
Book a safari to Serengeti national park and witness the calving season as thousands of wildebeests are born in the grassy plains.