Safari in February wildebeest migration pattern – The good grazing of the Southern Serengeti, Ndutu and Ngorongoro Conservation Areas means the herds remain in the far south. The action-packed rut is generally in full swing, with males jousting for the right to mate with receptive females.
This means that when the fertile females finally reach the Mara, Talek and Grumeti Rivers many months later, they are heavily pregnant, making their feat even more incredible.
As the rains set in, the herds head north-west past the granite outcrops of the Simba and Moru koppies and into the woodlands of the hilly country west of Seronera towards Lake Victoria. This is the time of the annual rut, with half a million cows mated in less than a month as the herds consolidate in the woodlands and on the plains of the Serengeti’s Western Corridor. The peak of the rut seems heavily influences by the state of the moon, with the full moon in May/June being a good bet for anyone seeking the most action.
Seemingly vicious fighting between dominant or territorial males takes place during the rut, though there is generally little actual violence or serious injury. And in spite of these energetic duels, the males have little say over their choice of mates, for it is the females who do the actual choosing.
February is peak wildebeest calving season, so if you want to see baby animals being born – as well as lots of predator action – then this is the month to travel. The landscapes are lush and verdant, although this does make seeing animals harder than in the dry season.
This is called the action packed month in Serengeti when a lot of babies are born and lots of predators participate in hunting and the grass is green at this time year with less dust and less tourists.
Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is a very good destination in February – indeed, the Serengeti is outrageously good throughout January, February and March, with February being calving month for the Great wildebeest migration. Safari aficionados flock to the Serengeti at this time of year, solely for the chance of combining their trip with the two to three weeks when the migration is calving in full.
This is the time of year when approximately 500,000 wildebeest are born in less than a month! It is also at this time that the Serengeti becomes the finest place in Africa to view cheetah, and the sheer concentration of predators on the huge open plains is astonishing. We also use a couple of camps down in the Ngorongoro conservation area (effectively an extension of the Serengeti), which offer in addition some of the finest cultural interactions and walking operations on the continent. A trip designed around the Serengeti and Ngorongoro is superb for February. Great Adventure Safaris is here to help you enjoy a safari in February wildebeest migration pattern and you can enjoy your holiday combined with mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.