Singita Lamai is closed for the rainy season and reopens in May, so there’s no wildlife report from there this month. But lots has been happening at Singita Grumeti.
Lions: Over the past few months the majority of lion sightings have taken place in the western area of the concession around Sabora and the Explore camps. In March the Butamtam pride, which had been spread from east to west, converged onto the central area of the concession and the majority of sightings were on the Sasakwa Plains and near to Punda Milia Hill.
We finally figured out what was happening with the new Butamtam cubs and conclude that there are currently five of them: two cubs of about six months old and another three of about two months old. We have also spotted a third female who is lactating so we suspect there are a few more we haven’t seen yet.
Leopards: Sightings of leopards decreased compared to February, which is to be expected, as for four years in a row February has been the number one month for leopard sightings.
As per usual, the majority of sightings occurred in the Faru Faru area along the Grumeti River. There were, however, also a good amount of sightings on Sasakwa Hill.
Cheetahs: The two sets of mother cheetahs with two cubs once again dominated cheetah sightings for the third month in a row.
Elephants: Elephant sightings stayed steady in March, although they consisted of small breeding herds, as opposed to the many larger herds seen in February. This is typical as the rains came again in March, and when the rains start falling herds tend to split into smaller family groups as the availability of water resources is spread out.
Wild dogs: We had three sightings of wild dogs this month, which is great! The number of animals in the pack consisted of 13 to 16 dogs in each sighting. Guests were lucky enough to witness the wild dogs make two Thompson’s gazelle kills in one sighting!
Specials: Special sightings this month included: a side striped jackal just east of Sabora Camp, a tawny eagle successfully hunting a guinea fowl north of Punda Milia Ridge, a male and female porcupine with a tiny baby north of junction Sand Road and Main Ikoma Road, a honey badger along Farasi Road, and three large herds of 40+ giraffe.
Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report March 2016
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.