April has been another lovely month, packed full of exciting moments and incredible wildlife viewing. April is usually an incredibly wet month for us here in northern Tanzania, however this year we have definitely received less rain than in years gone by. Only at the end of the month have we seen a noticeable change in the weather and experienced our first heavy downpours. Thankfully there seems to have been just enough to keep the grasses looking green and although the heavy rains have arrived late, an encouraging green flush is spreading across the grasslands.
Resident herds of topi, zebra, buffalo, Thompson’s gazelle, eland, Grant’s gazelle and impala are flourishing as usual and have remained as a great presence especially out on the Nyati Plain and the Nyasirori high ground. Reports of the migratory wildebeest were received towards the end of the month, and on the 27th we glanced from the top of Sasakwa Hill to see mega-herds of wildebeest, to the south of our border with the National Park, streaming onto the grasslands at the base of the Simiti Hills. We sit in anticipation and wonder where the great herds will move next.
Cat sightings have been great this month, again, despite the long seeding grasses. Members of our central and eastern prides of lions have been located most days with dynamics remaining stable within the social structures. Three lionesses seemed to have isolated themselves from the Butamtam Pride for considerable time now, and two of these lionesses have cubs. They have been spending a considerable amount of time on Sasakwa Hill and in the immediate vicinity, and have been sighted hunting close to Sasakwa Lodge and Serengeti House on many occasions.
• Much of the hyena activity observed was in the Nyati plain region and the Nyasirori area.
• Two new editions to the Boundary Pan clan were observed towards the end of the month, taking the number of youngsters at this den-site to 14.
Interesting bird sightings
Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report – April 2019