Festive season greetings to you, from the wilds of Tanzania! Let’s cut to the chase and review the month’s wildlife sightings.
Cheetahs: As per last month the majority of cheetah sightings have been made up of the mother and her two eight-month-old cubs. They’ve moved towards Sabora as there is a large amount of Thompson’s gazelle in the area. Two young males have come into our concession, with them first being sighted near Faru Faru.
Lions: Lion sighting have been very good this month and due to the number of vehicles out on drive they have been seen almost every day. With the majority of the plains game being out west, the lions have followed, so a great deal of the sightings have been in the western sector. The five young males have been seen around Sabora throughout the month, so it looks like they the three dominant males have not pushed them any further west. The Butamtam females and their sub-adult cubs are moving between Sasakwa dam and Serengeti road, with them having killed several buffalo due to the majority of herbivores out west. The Nyasirori and Ridge prides were also seen often in the Sabora area.
Leopards: With all the lodges being so busy the leopard sightings have been very good this month. Tulia and her cubs have been seen on a regular basis along the Sabora drainage line, on a few occasions they have been seen with impala kills up the numerous sausage trees that line the drainage. The dominant male around Faru Faru and Grumeti west drainage has also been seen on a regular basis.
Read the full report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report – December 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.