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„The theatre of life at Lake Ndutu Serengeti“ from Jan to Mar 2022

One of the strongest and most dramatic moments of a Safari program is to be part and spectator at the open stage theatre of life at the southern Serengeti plains.

 

 

The play is “Strangling for Life and Survival”


The theatre, the southern part of Serengeti, and the Lake Ndutu region.


The actors: Thousands of wildebeest accompanied by zebras and gazelles and other herbivores, with star guests Africa’s predators, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, spotted hyenas, black-backed jackals, and wild dogs.


Timing: Every year, January to March included.


Stage Setting: An amazing scene, the surrounding landscape is beautiful, amongst many flat-topped acacia trees and across sweeping grasslands, studded with rocky outcrops (koppies), the favourite haunt of the Serengeti’s leopards.
Location: Easily accessible from Central Serengeti Lodges or local tented camps

Audience: You as honoured guests

The play scenario. The southern plains of the Serengeti turn green after the November rains and fresh grazing is just what the wildebeest need for their energy-demanding calving season. Several hundred thousand wildebeest are about to be born and it’s going to get busy. Tens of thousands of zebras and gazelles have accompanied the wildebeest on their trek and are taking advantage of safety in numbers to drop their young too.

Such numbers of young and inexperienced animals are of course a magnet for Africa’s predators. Predator-prey interaction and a kill are very high during the Serengeti calving season. But the new-born wildebeest calves are quick to their feet: standing in minutes and able to run with the herd within three days. Most survive the onslaught of predators and by the end of March, the grasses of the southern Serengeti are exhausted. The wildebeest begin marching west in great lines, across the central Serengeti and to the muddy rivers that block their way back to the Masai Mara. Here the wildebeest pause: the notorious migration river crossings are about to begin.