BREEDING COMPETITION

The quickest to change will survive

The focus of a safari in the Northern Tanzanian circuit during this season should be on the Southern short-grass plains . The annual wildebeest and zebra migration is arriving on these plains from December onwards and it is here where they congregate and give birth to thousands of calves in February and March. These mineral rich plains are where the great herds will stay for as long as feeding permits. Apparently the iron and zinc found in the fodder of these plains is what the wildebeest are after.

The movement of nearly two million animals is the driving force of the ecology of most of the Serengeti eco-system. Predators follow these herds like sharks following a shoal of fish. Great wildlife viewing is guaranteed because the young animals make easy prey. The density of predators is high. This is also a great time for bird lovers since many birds migrate to East Africa from Europe.

We would suggest a few nights in the Ndutu Area (Serengeti) during December through March since it is here that the best viewing is found. Early December is the short rainy season but this isn’t much more than the odd thunder shower in the afternoons, actually a cool relief from generally hot days. It also helps to keep the dust down! This time of the year it is mostly sunny (25-30 °C).