Whenever anyone asks me what I think the best time of the year is to visit Singita Grumeti, my answer is always the same, “There is no doubt in my mind, it’s October”. October gives us allthat the migration period has to offer,plus we aren’t only seeing huge herds of wildebeest. They join in with herds of topi, Thompson’s gazelles, eland and, of course, zebra whichprovides ample opportunity for our resident big cats to indulge in regular meals. This diversity of game makes October a truly rounded time to be on safari at Singita Grumeti.The puzzle of this is that historically October has been one of the quieter months for guests visiting East Africa, and Singita Grumeti. But finally this year the puzzle fitted together for the full effect! We had an incredible month of game viewing and this time we had guests here to experience the many reasons why I think October is the best month of all.It’s difficult to get a close-up shot of eland. Their large size makes them slow runners and they are very wary about any potential predators getting near them, for fear they will not have the speed to get away. Usually, the closest they allow you to come is about 500 metres before they trot off in the opposite direction, ensuring they keep the safe amount of distance between themselves and you, the potential predator.
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.