With the migration leaving the property, things have slowly started getting back to normal. Our resident game populations have filled up the plains again – eland, topi, Thompson’s gazelles and zebras all abound across the concession.
July is normally considered to be the driest month of year in the Serengeti but this was far from the case. We had several big thunderstorms throughout the month bringing some much needed reprieve to all the animals, as it’s been a very dry year to date.
Lions: All the lion prides across the concession are healthy and happy, with each having between 8 – 22 cubs.
The most lions guests have seen together this month was 23, which made for an amazing sighting.
The Butamtam pride is very large at the moment, and can be described as a mega-pride, with their 22 cubs, ten females, and four males.
Cheetah: Our cheetah sightings are really becoming very consistent, with them being seen almost every day. The mother and cub contributed to almost 60% of our sightings, as she has taken up residency on Sasakwa and Sabora plains.
Leopards: Great month for our leopards, as we saw 61 leopard sightings.
Wild dogs: The dogs were seen on several occasions throughout the month and the pups, which are now about ten months old are starting to venture out with the adults, which is a good sign that they are fit and healthy.
So, total numbers in the pack are 23 being six adults, seven two-year-old sub-adults and ten puppies.
Elephants: During this time of the year, as it continues to dry out, we see an increase in our elephant sightings as well as herd sizes. The herds tend to come together over this time as they continue the search for water.
Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report July 2017
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.