May has been a phenomenal month with the return of many thousands of migratory wildebeest and zebra. On the 15th of May we received reports of huge numbers of wildebeest entering the Grumeti Reserve from the mid-east boundary to the National Park. Since then wildebeest have continued to push in across the Grumeti River and out onto the central grasslands.
Here’s a Sightings Snapshot for May:
Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report – May 2019
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.