Every time we talk about the Serengeti or the Masai Mara, the great wildebeest migration comes to mind. However, have you ever thought of how the Wildebeest manage to keep their high number of census, even though hundreds are killed during the migration?
Right about mid-February, through to end March, every year, more than 1.5 million wildebeest deliver new calves at the estimated rate of 8,000 new-borns per day! This has over the years become a tourist attraction with most of them crowding the famous Tanzanian park, eagerly photographing and watching this incredible synchronized birthing event take place!
In the next six weeks, the world famed wildebeest will deliver almost half a million baby wildebeest calves onto the soft grasses of the Ndutu plains. However, not all will survive of course.
Remember that even though you, the tourists are busy taking photos of cute little calves, the predators are also busy enjoying the plentiful feast. Hyenas, jackals, lion, birds of prey and many others are out in force as the birthing begins. This is one reason why it is thought that wildebeest all have their babies within the same short time period. They hope to overwhelm the opposition with choice, and hopefully save their own babies in the muddle.
So if you can’t fit the great migration from Tanzania into Kenya in your safari schedule, maybe the great birthing would be an amazing alternative time to witness a spectacle that is hard to put into words? An additional bonus for those living in colder climates as a sunny escape into the northern Tanzania region would be more than ideal!
A fortnight ago, we the Uniglobe Let's Go Travel team once again went to visit the destitue orphaned children and the old aged, in Limuru, Kenya.
As have done in the past, our staff collectively put up items that we knew our fellow friends down in Limuru needed, and we sort to give them what we could.
And as we arrived at the Limuru Red Cross hall to help Pat Dixson distribute food to the elderly, they welcomed us with a warm hymn....