Throughout the month we have had streams of wildebeest making their way back onto the concession. They are all coming in from the north-east entering through the Ikorongo area and filing west.
Sasakwa Dam has been a hive of activity during the month, with huge herds of zebras and wildebeest coming to drink each day. Herds of elephants have also been seen drinking at the dam on a daily basis and many guests have been fortunate enough to see them swimming in the dam.
Across the concession we have been having some good rains, with several massive thunderstorms sweeping across the Sasakwa and Sabora plains. The Grumeti Fund has been continuing with their seasonal burning and these burnt areas are flush with new growth making them a magnetic for zebra and wildebeest.
Images by Gadel S. Kimaro (Field guide, Singita Grumeti).
It was around 06:30am one morning guests and I left Sasakwa lodge for a morning game drive. We found the Butamtam pride with 12 individuals walking across the Sasakwa plain and so we followed the Lions for some time.
It was early morning on the Nyati Plains and the sun was just beginning to rise. The Butamtam pride were on the hunt. They had begun an approach on a breeding herd of Buffalo. A tall order for the Lions but with many mouths to feed the pressure was on. The lion prides of the Grumeti will quite often target Buffalo when other more favoured prey species have moved on to other pastures.
It was a great day this month, the day I witnessed the Caracal. This month has been fantastic for cats in general but I never thought I would find myself looking eye to eye with this rarely observed Caracal.