Nothing can beat sunset in the bush surrounded by the sounds at dusk on high volume.
Something that we often do to surprise our guests at Singita is to whisk them away to a heart-stopping location, pull out all the stops and present a bush dinner under the stars. Our most recent affair boasted a spectacular location on a mountain top with arguably the best Serengeti view in Tanzania. Transporting everything from the food and the equipment is all part of the occasion and even the smallest detail is considered and planned.
We love the “wow” moments that guests experience in this kind of setting….perched above a vista of the Serengeti, sipping on aperitifs while the sun dips down behind the horizon.
The impala and baboons enjoy an interesting symbiotic relationship. When you visit Singita Grumeti Reserves you’ll seldom find one without the other.
Image courtesy of zrim (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3104/2761905984_fa0e144804.jpg)
The baboons are, by their very nature hyper vigilant and therefore if they think anything is amiss they alert the impala. The impala are not as vigilant but while they graze they stir up all the insects and bugs. This makes it significantly easier for the baboons to catch their meals.
The impala are responsible for catering while the baboons handle the security detail.
A ‘friend’ in Kiswahili is a: rafiki
Keeping past students inspired, and therefore actively involved in improving their surroundings, has been key to the success of the Singita Grumeti Fund Environmental Centre and the course it offers.
Students who attend the course already belong to an ecology club in each school that participates in the course.
The best ecology clubs – in terms of projects, involvement etc – are rewarded and the best individuals, within these clubs, are rewarded further. This creates healthy competition both between the different clubs and within the clubs where the ultimate benefactor is the environment.
So far, a total of 132 students and 22 teachers have taken part in the course. The Singita Grumeti Fund Environmental Centre is still in contact with each and every one of these students and teachers. In fact, the 22 teachers recently took it upon themselves to organise a meeting where they discussed: who was doing what, what was working and why it was working.
At Singita Grumeti Reserves the Grumeti Fund has established an Environmental Centre. This centre runs an ecology course for the top six grade 11 geography and science students at a given school from the surrounding communities. The course runs for one week and two courses are offered a month, one for boys and one for girls. Each course caters for 12 students and two teachers.
During this week the students focus on the Serengeti ecosystem, the sustainable use of natural resources and other relevant environmental topics that are built into the Tanzania school syllabus.
Some of the topics covered during the course are revision of work already done while other topics are new. All the topics are combined and taught in a way that provides students with a big picture view of the Serengeti ecosystem.
Upon completion of the course all students, most of whom are already active members of their school’s ecology clubs, are assigned projects and the results of these projects are carefully monitored. The best projects and students are then rewarded with scholarships to study further.
Successful projects initiated by the Environmental Centre – but spearheaded by past pupils – include the planting of indigenous trees, the discovery of new water sources and the development of alternative energy sources.
Five critically endangered eastern black rhino, from South Africa, arrived in the Serengeti yesterday as part of the ‘most ambitious wildlife relocation in East Africa over the past 50 years’.
This project – spearheaded by the Singita Grumeti Fund in collaboration with the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society – aims to relocate a total of 32 eastern black rhino over a two year period.
To ensure the rhinos’ protection during the relocation process, and the project’s long-term sustainability, an elite Serengeti Rhino Protection Unit has been established. This unit is comprised of 23 carefully selected and trained rangers.
For more information and images please visit http://rhinos.singita.com.
Singita Grumeti Reserves offer guests a series of unique African safari experiences. Singita Sasakwa Lodge overlooks the expansive Serengeti and provides guests with an intoxicating view of the plains. While Singita Faru Faru Lodge sits low on the Grumeti River immersing guests in the surrounding wildlife; and Singita Sabora Tented Camp gives guests the opportunity to experience the romance-infused Africa of a bygone era.
Guests can now enjoy these three very different lodges in five easy steps:
- Fly directly into Kilimanjaro (daily KLM flights)
- Transfer to Arusha and overnight at Legendary Coffee Lodge
- Fly to Sasakwa Airstrip
- Spend three nights at Singita Sabora Tented Camp or Singita Faru Faru Lodge
- Fly to Kilimanjaro for direct flight out.
Experiencing Singita Grumeti Reserves has never been simpler!
The great migration is an ancient phenomenon and it lies at the very heart of the Serengeti ecosystem.
The Great Migrations (image courtesy of La Lince)
Each year (during the months of June, July and August) over two million animals – including over a million wildebeest, half a million zebra and other antelope – migrate north, passing right through Singita Grumeti Reserves from the southern Serengeti to the adjoining Masai Mara (in Kenya), in search of food and water.
They return to the south – to mate and calve – when the grazing in the north is finished and the short November rains (in the south) have begun.
Singita Grumeti Reserves boasts an exceptional selection of bird life. There are enough eagles, vultures and other large birds to keep the novice birders interested and an excellent array of smaller birds for the expert birders.
One of the striking eagles guests will likely come across in the Serengeti is the Bateleur eagle (terathopius ecaudatus).
Bateleur is French and it means tightrope walker.
Image courtesy of cyrusbulsara.
If you’ve seen a Bateleur eagle fly you’ll know that this name perfectly suits its unsteady flying style. The eagles always manage to look slightly unbalanced, just like a tightrope walker.