Dry river beds, dried out drainage lines, dust bowls instead of water holes; these are things of the past. All of the rivers and drainage lines are flowing in full spate and the water holes are filled to capacity. The influx of water from the rains has breached the wall of Sasakwa dam. Some days it looks as if SingitaSasakwa Lodge has been built overlooking a sea and when you get down on the plains and look through the grass there is water: one of the most precious commodities on earth, and it is the lifeblood of man, animal and plant alike. During the dry season there are very few water points for animals and many plants restrict their growth to survive. In the wet season most animals give birth and plants grow at an amazing rate. Soon it will be dry again but we appreciate the rains when they are here. They hold a promise of excellent game viewing for the months ahead
The birdlife on the Grumeti this month has been lovely with some new additions being observed out on the Gambaranyera plains to the West. Species included collared pratincole, Madagascar bee-eater and Hartlaub’s bustard. We were very excited to see black and white mannikin here on Sasakwa hill as they moved through in a flock of twenty or so individuals.
When one reads about the Serengeti it evokes images of old-fashioned adventure. But it is like appreciating God’s creations; or if put in another way, it’s a place visited by God’s chosen ones, it is a welcome to his paradise. And I never thought I would experience it from an eagle’s eye perspective.
We have had some lovely bird viewing this month as always. There are anywhere between 450 and 500 species of bird recorded here in the greater Serengeti ecosystem, depending on what time of year it is. The summer months are wonderful as there are always great numbers of migratory species stopping over or passing by.