Our green season has arrived! The concession is a sea of green as we get into our long rains. Both Sasakwa and Sabora plains are lush and green, providing our resident game with some gorgeous green grass to feed on. The short grass plains of Sabora are teeming with game, making for some fantastic game viewing. The arrival of the rain has triggered our herbivores to start dropping their babies, most especially the impala, zebra and topi.
Lions: It has been a great month for our lion prides, with a total of 112 sightings seen.
The Butamtam Pride has been seen on a daily basis between Sasakwa Lodge and Koroya Hill. They have really taken a liking to buffalo, with them taking down four throughout the month. With the pride totalling 46 members now, buffalo is a logical prey species for them as a single buffalo can feed the entire pride. With the pride making regular kills the cubs are growing up quickly and are giving all our guests some fantastic game viewing.
The Nyasarori Pride is still spending a large majority of their time along the Raho drainage, but with all the rain we have had they moved onto the high ground of the Nyasarori plains.
The West Pride has not been seen a great deal this month, the reason being the area they frequent is very wet and makes it almost impossible to access.
Leopards: We’ve had a total of 31 leopard sightings.
As with previous months the majority of the sightings are made up by the Mkombre female and her cub. We are starting to see a clear separation now between them as the cub is slowly becoming more and more independent.
Tulia and her two cubs have also been seen on numerous occasions this month. Her cubs are also at that age where they are starting their independence and, in the coming months, we are sure they will leave her and start their solitary lifestyle.
Cheetahs: We had a total of 29 cheetah sightings this month.
The two mothers and their five cubs have not been seen again and we are sure they have moved out of our concession into the national park.
The mother and one cub that we have been seeing regularly over the last year have parted ways. The young male has been seen on his own for the last week or so and on one occasion he was seen catching a scrub hare, which shows his hunting skills should be good enough for him to make a success of himself.
Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report March 2018
This month I witnessed how predators are so incredibly good at assessing a situation, weighing up the potential benefits of a hunt and analysing the potential costs or risks at the same time.
We set off under the cover of darkness in the early morning and on to one of my favourite drainage lines to look for lions. As it began to get light I caught site of the Butamtam lionesses and their youngsters. We gently approached the lionesses and then switched the engine off and watched. One of the more mature lionesses, the daughter of ‘Mama Scar’, was busy nursing her five youngsters. This is interesting as lionesses only possess four teats.
I was out one morning looking for elephants as my guests were still hoping for further interaction with these special creatures. What we came across that day, we could not have prepared for – it was simply magical.