March 2019 was one of the driest months on record since we’ve been here, with thundershowers only starting very late in the month. This has had an impact on the number of plains game on the concession as many of the resident grazers moved away in search of new pastures and water, but sufficient rain in the catchment areas of the Grumeti River meant that there were a number of pools from which animals could drink, particularly when there was a very gentle flow in the river system for certain periods of the month.
Despite the lack of the large herds of herbivores, species such as buffalo and giraffe were plentiful, and on the short grass plains there were always small herds of Thomson’s gazelle and topi. Decent concentrations of wildlife including elephant, impala and waterbuck were regularly seen along the Grumeti River and also on the Sasakwa Plains. Predator numbers were once again fantastic throughout the month, the highlight being the number of leopard sightings, and then seeing a pack of wild dogs on several occasions.
Here’s a Sightings Snapshot for March:
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report March 2019
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.