Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report


First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Lamai

July 2014 - Lamai, Tanzania

Crossing season has started

In the June Lamai Wildlife Report we explained how the migration was ‘missing in action’ from the Lamai area, until the final day of the month when 80 000 wildebeest were seen crossing to the northern side of the Mara River, about 8 km upstream of Kogatende. The rest is history. Crossings occurred on a regular basis throughout the month of July. Mara River Tented Camp guests saw a total of 16 crossings and 2 crocodile kills. Towards the middle of the month, the migration began to fill up the plains of the Lamai Triangle north of the Mara River.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Lamai Wildlife Report July 2014


Singita Sabi Sand

July 2014 - Sabi Sand, South Africa

Early morning bliss Article by Ross Couper

Every morning starts with hot coffee whilst feeling the cool air on your face as you stand on the deck awaiting the glow across the horizon. The winter light illuminates the tops of the trees and slowly makes its way down to the ground. We depart after ensuring everyone is snuggled up warmly with a hot water bottle on his or her lap, the extra touch that makes the early morning even better. The dust swirls behind our Land Rover and the early morning light glistens across the grass seedpods stretched at the end of the stalks.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report July 2014

 


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 6.2˚C (43.1˚F)
  • Average maximum 22.6˚C (72.6˚F)
  • Minimum recorded 0.0˚C (32.0˚F)
  • Maximum recorded 30.0˚C (86.0˚F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 0 mm
  • For the year to date: 851 mm

Singita Grumeti

July 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

Game, game and more game. That’s the only way to describe the game viewing in July at Singita Grumeti. Finding a spot on the 350 000 acre reserve where no animals were visible was virtually impossible. We already have spectacular loads of general game year-round, but these numbers were supplemented in July by the migration, and we’re not talking about wildebeest. The wildebeest migration left our property in early June and by July was far north of us, covering the Lamai triangle of the Serengeti and the Massai Mara in Kenya. But if not wildebeest what migration are we talking about? The 1.2 – 1.5 million bearded wildebeest are trailed by about 350 000 zebra and about 250 000 Thompson’s gazelles. Although the bulk of the wildebeest migration had long left our property before July, at the start of the month the zebra had just arrived.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report July 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 33.1°C
  • Average maximum 13.8 °C
  • Average wind speed 0.5 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 15.3
  • Sabora 19
  • Faru Faru 0
  • Samaki 0
  • Risiriba 64.5

Singita Kruger National Park

July 2014 - Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

As white as snow Article and photos by Nick du Plessis

On the 11th of July we had a sighting, that when it came over the radio, you could hardly believe your ears! Clement had found and called in members of the Shishangaan pride with cubs, but one of the cubs was just a little different. He is snow white! This happens due to a recessive gene that is carried by both parents. This may also give us a clue as to where the coalition of five males who took control of the Shishangaan pride late last year may have come from. The general perception is that the Timbavati section to the west of us and southern parts of the park is where this gene is most prevalent. What has got us so excited is the fact that both parents need to be carrying the gene for this to take place! Generally all the males within a coalition are related, and likewise with the lionesses stemming

 

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report July 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 8.7°C (47.6°F)
  • Average maximum 25°C (77°F)
  • Minimum recorded 04°C (39.2°F)
  • Maximum recorded 29°C (84.2°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 0 mm
  • For the year to date: 262 mm

Singita Pamushana

July 2014 - Pamushana, Zimbabwe

Isn’t this the most beautiful little bug you’ve ever seen? Valerie Makunungunu, our Pamushana Lodge Anchor, discovered this objet d’art while doing her routine morning
inspection of our brightly coloured and boldly patterned lodge. When she showed the rest of the lodge staff they thought she was playing a trick on them! Had she painted the intricate little patterns across its back? Had it walked across the cushions and curtains at Pamushana and mimicked the patterns? Upon further investigation we were able to identify it from an insect reference book and were delighted to find that it has the perfect name – it’s called a Picasso bug (Sphaerocoris annulus). They are found in quite a wide range of sub-Saharan Africa, but it’s a first for most of us on the property, and hopefully for you too.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report July 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 12,2°C (53,9°F)
  • Average maximum 25,9°C (78,6°F)
  • Minimum recorded 9,8°C (49,6°F)
  • Maximum recorded 34,2°C (93,5°F)

Rainfall

  • For the month: 0,6 mm
  • For the year to date: 498,8 mm

Singita Lamai

June 2014 - Lamai, Tanzania

An elephant paradise

It’s no surprise that the Lamai and Kogatende areas of the Serengeti around Mara River Tented Camp are home to many elephants. The mighty Mara River itself provides a seemingly endless supply of fresh water, flowing year-round. In addition, countless smaller rivers and estuaries stem off from the river at a rate of about one every 500 metres. The result is not only the amount of water available, but also that it is easily accessible – you don’t have to travel far to find a source of water.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Lamai Wildlife Report June 2014


Singita Kruger National Park

June 2014 - Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

Cub update on the concession Article & photos by Nick du Plessis

The wet summer months are always times associated with young animals, with major factors like food and water being plentiful then. With our current dry season it’s proved quite the opposite – the permanent water sources have been a great place to find predator and prey species, and cubs in particular are being seen on most days. What has been extra special is the amount of cubs seen of so many different species. Exciting, from our point of view, is how calm the mothers have been with our presence. Without trying to push the situation and viewing as sensitively as we can, we would like to spend as much time as possible with these little cubs.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report June 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 10.2°C (50.3°F)
  • Average maximum 27°C (80.6°F)
  • Minimum recorded 5°C (41°F)
  • Maximum recorded 32°C (89.6°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 0 mm
  • For the year to date: 262 mm

Singita Pamushana

June 2014 - Pamushana, Zimbabwe

Elephants in the mist

It’s nippy in the mornings now, but the advantages of ‘layering up’ warmly and leaving early mean you see the dewy landscape in the softest pastel tones of dawn. On a couple of mornings there’s been a low-lying layer of mist that makes everything eerie and mysterious, but oh so beautiful when an animal appears from the shrouds.

Download the full wildlife report here:  Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report June 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 12,5°C (54,5°F)
  • Average maximum 26,4°C (79,5°F)
  • Minimum recorded 7,6°C (45,6°F)
  • Maximum recorded 33,3°C (91,9°F)

Rainfall

  • For the month: 0 mm
  • For the year to date: 498,2 mm

Singita Grumeti

May 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

May at Singita Grumeti was flanked in contradictions and unpredictability. The month began amidst a very dry rainy season, and another seasonal phenomenon was reaching our 350 000 acre property’s doorstep more than a month earlier than it was ‘supposed’ to: We weren’t expecting you yet Meugh… meeuughhh… that inevitable sound that can only mean one thing – the Serengeti Great Migration has arrived at Singita Grumeti. Except it wasn’t June yet. It wasn’t mid-June yet. Mid-June would be in six weeks time! The 2014 ‘long rains’ saw little rain at Singita Grumeti, but while our location in the north-western Serengeti had very little rain, the central Serengeti saw almost none. The result of the lack of rain was a lack of suitable grasses, and when the wildebeest left Ndutu in the southern Serengeti at the end of March, the 80 kilometre migration to Singita Grumeti, which usually takes about two and half to three months, took only one month. By the 1st of May, our Ikorongo Game Reserve was full of at least 50 000 wildebeest. Within the next two days, wildebeest in the hundreds of thousands engulfed Singita Grumeti. The great migration had arrived.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report May 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 32.8 °C
  • Average maximum 14.2 °C
  • Average wind speed 0.4 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 32.4
  • Sabora 104
  • Faru Faru 37
  • Samaki 144
  • Risiriba 58

Singita Kruger National Park

May 2014 - Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

Short tail but a beautiful face

The bateleur eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) is arguably the most beautiful and definitely the most colourful bird of prey in our area. Its name has a variety of meanings – the common name bateleur refers to its swaying flight pattern. Bateleur in French refers to either a ‘tight rope walker’ or the ‘figurehead’ which could be found swaying
in front of a ship. Terathopius ecaudatus is the Latin name and directly translated means ‘a short tail but a beautiful face’, again referring to its beauty but also its lack of tail length. Its short tail helps it to fly as aerodynamically and efficiently as possible while gliding.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report May 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 28.0°C (82.4°F)
  • Average maximum 12.9°C (55.2°F)
  • Minimum recorded 10.0°C (50.0°F)
  • Maximum recorded 31.0°C (87.8°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 0 mm
  • For the year to date: 262 mm

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