10 Fascinating Facts To Know about The Great Wildebeest Migration During Tanzania Adventure Safaris
- April 24, 2019
- By Quest Horizons Safaris
Have you ever witnessed a natural gala event occurring in the wild? Such as getting surrounded & engulfed by an everlasting sea of horns and snouts. What you are going to see during the Tanzania Adventure Safaris is going to be magnificent and no matter what, nothing in this world can prepare you for participating in such a jam-packed mass of life moving in concert across a landscape. Most of the people in the world interested in watching wildlife documentaries especially about Africa might have also known as Wildebeest migration.
But every one of them is not capable enough in explaining the entire scope of the migration.-
- How & when it starts?
- When is it going to end?
- Most importantly, how these animals are capable of coordinating with each other so well and maintain discipline amidst such chaos?
1. The Grand Migration On Earth
The great & grand wildebeest migration in Northern Tanzania is the single largest land migration of mammals on the planet. It is the single most natural event that doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world except during a Tanzania Safari ride.
2. It's Not Just About Wildebeest
Do you really think that this migration is hundred percent wildebeest only? The great migration is also a very big mixture that also includes half a million gazelles & 2 hundred thousand zebra and the reason for doing so is simple they are also chasing the grass just like the wildebeest do.
3. How About The Great Circle?
Numerous people have the assumption that migrating wildebeest just travel in a straight line from one part of a park’s area to another part but this entirely false. The great migration is actually a giant one thousand kilometer circle that doesn’t have a start or end point. It relentlessly revolves clockwise. It all starts from January & February with the birth of new calves. From there, it is just an endless pursuit for grazing grass & drinking water in a circular pattern dictated by rain cycles and can be witnessed while taking pleasure in Adventure Safari In Tanzania.
4. No Leader
The migration consisting of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle & other antelopes doesn’t have a leader because such a migration runs on herd mentality and such a thing happens almost immediately.
5. Period Of Mass Birth
If you are going in the month of late January & February for Tanzania Adventure Safaris, then you are going to have some amazing moments. In the span of just a few weeks over 5oo, 000 wildebeest’s babies are born.
6. Wildebeest Calves Are Fast
There is another interesting feature that you will be just astonished to cash on and it is none other than watching the calves learning to run within two minutes after being born compared a human baby that takes 12 months for just start walking.
7. No Serengeti Without Migration
Without Migration, the landscape of Serengeti will be completely different and can go haywire. It is also vital for the regions’ ecology as well. Even the mighty predators are depended on this migration for their own survival and you can see that on Tanzania Safaris And Tours.
8. Every Single Day 4,500 Tons Of Grass Consumed
It is just a giant lawnmower of nature on work. Millions of hungry antelopes have one single job and that is to cross thousands of miles of grass plains and it requires a massive amount of nutrients that come from consuming grass and wildebeests have to eat tons of it almost 4000 tons daily.
9. Wildebeests Are Not Beasts, They Are Antelopes
You can also call them as Gnus and they fall within the species of Antelope under the Bovidae family which also includes cattle & sheep. In Tanzania, you will see the blue wildebeest, but in the southern parts of Africa, you can come in contact with the black version of this species.
10. Not Just One Large Herd
It is not just a single herd, it is far more complicated. They often split up & head in a different direction. For them the general direction & migration is predictable. The splintering of smaller herds only makes the mega drama more exciting.
During your Tanzania Adventure Safaris, you might get to watch many wonders of natural life and Wildebeest Migration is one of them. Just visit us @ questhorizonsafaris.com and get your dream trip kick-started by watching the migration itself with the help of our experienced guides.