Lions: August was predictably a good month for lion sightings. As the western sectors of the concession dried out further, the game moved towards the central areas, and following them went the lions. The Ridge Pride and the various sub-groups of the Butamtam Pride made up the vast majority of our sightings for the month. A nice bonus has been the arrival of three cubs to one of the Ridge Pride females. Also, there was a sighting of two small cubs along the Grumeti River, just downstream from Faru Faru. They are likely to belong to one of the Butamtam Pride females.
Leopard: There were a few occasions in August where we seemed to have a really tough time locating any of these inconspicuous big cats. Luckily, the longer you go without seeing one only means you are just getting closer to your next sighting. We still had great sightings of Tulia and her two growing cubs. A total of 19 leopard sightings were recorded at Grumeti in August.
Cheetah: Once again, the majority of August’s sightings were predominantly comprised of the two sets of females with their respective cubs.
Wild dogs: The wild dogs made themselves available to be viewed by the Singita guides on only one occasion in August. For the most part, they continue to avoid the Grumeti area! This should undoubtedly change at some point.
Elephant: We continued to have some great elephant viewing during the month, including one large elephant bull sporting large tusks, as well as a characteristic floppy ear. We also had a lovely sighting of a newborn elephant calf that was seen with its mother and the rest of the herd, drinking at Sasakwa Dam.
Other sightings: Although the wildebeest herds have all but disappeared towards the northern Serengeti and the Mara River, the zebra herds have moved onto the property en-masse. This in itself is an incredible spectacle to behold. Guide Braya Masunga had a brief encounter with an aardvark one evening; unfortunately it was so brief that he was unable to snap a picture of these shy and rarely seen creatures.
Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report August 2015
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.