Holidays to Tanzania at this time of year are extra special; given it is wildebeest calving season in the Serengeti National Park and in February 2013 thus far, a record 16,500 tourists have descended on the region.
One and a half million wildebeest are delivering newborns at a rate of 8,000 a day and this wonderful feat of nature has also roused Tanzanian natives with 5,800 domestic visitors contributing to the record figure.
Calving season in the Serengeti is expected to last a total of six weeks whereby almost 500,000 newborn wildebeest will be born and understandably, the event is not only popular amongst tourists but also with wildlife conservationists and zoological scientists alike.
Conservator at the Serengeti National Park, William Mwakilema said “It is rather a spectacular sighting because this is the only place on earth where nearly two million herbivores are “giving birth” at the same time and in unison, in what is known as “synchronised calving”.”
Of course, the Serengeti is a popular tourist destination in Tanzania even outside calving season and covering 14,763 sq km, safari tours in the region are favoured as they allow travellers an authentic close-up insight of the animals in their natural habitat, including gazelles, zebra and buffalo that represent some of the most commonly found wildlife in the park.
Tourists who plan on visiting the Serengeti should be aware of the more desirable times to visit with peak season occurring between June and September whereby another annual event – the great migration – occurs. The spectacular sight of thousands of wildebeest flocking north west is a wondrous sight to behold for travellers.