December 2018 has been a lovely month here on the Grumeti Reserve. We have received some reasonable rainfall and the environment is looking beautifully green. During the first half of the month we still had huge numbers of migratory wildebeest, zebra and topi, and the grasslands were alive with thousands of animals. As we moved into the second half of the month we saw many of these great herds begin to move off to the south east, returning to the national park as they headed for the southern regions of the Serengeti.
With the moving on of the great herds we saw the return of fantastic elephant numbers. The Raho drainage line has seen hundreds of individuals as they feed along the seasonal waterways and it has once again been lovely to have many elephants back on Sasakwa Hill.
The resident herds have provided some stunning wildlife experiences this month with herds of buffalo 600 strong and great herds of eland in the Nyati and Nyasirori regions. Many smaller herds of topi remain in the Gambaranyera area of the western region and the giraffe numbers have yet again been sensational. Most days out on drive you would almost certainly witness journeys of giraffe, 30 to 40 strong, on the Sasakwa Plains and south of Koroya Hill.
The cats have yet again, been nothing short of fantastic. The lion sightings have been incredible, cheetah sightings have picked up significantly compared to last month and leopard sightings have ticked over as one would expect. There has also been a considerable number of serval sightings this month which has been a very welcome aspect of the wildlife experience.
All in all, a truly fantastic end to 2018. The Grumeti Reserve, with all its incredible life, seems to be rolling from strength to strength. A phenomenal year of nature at its very best and another year filled with some of the best wildlife experiences to be had anywhere in Africa.
Here’s a Sightings Snapshot for December 2018:
Interesting Bird Sightings
Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report – December 2018
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.