Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report


First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Grumeti

June 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

Month of the lion Photos by Medison Samwell

June was indeed the month of the lion. Be it the Mkuyu pride, whose territory lies along the Grumeti River areas near Faru Faru, the Butamtam pride that patrols the whole of the central areas around Sasakwa, the Nyasirori and Sabora West prides that dominate the western plains where Sabora is located, or the many lesser known prides in Ikorongo in the east, guests were not short of lion sightings. In the 30 days of the month there were a total of 92 lion sightings, that’s an average of three different lion sightings every day at Singita Grumeti. On one particular day, at the beginning of the month, a total of 60 individual lions were seen!

Add new wildlife report: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report June 2014


Temperatures

  • Average maximum 29.1 ºC
  • Average minimum 15.4 ºC
  • Average wind speed 0.4 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 69 mm
  • Sabora 89 mm
  • Faru Faru 22 mm
  • Samaki 132 mm
  • Risiriba 193 mm

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

Singita Grumeti

April 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

The East African “long rains” that occur from the end of March through mid-May conjure up frightening images in many people’s minds: nonstop storms, thick mud, getting stuck in a safari vehicle for hours, torrential flooding, tiny African streams instantly transformed into raging rivers filled with crocodiles and hippos, landslides, as well as general destruction and devastation.
Those of us who live and work in East Africa, at Singita Grumeti in particular, have a completely different experience of the rainy season: lush green landscapes, refreshing afternoon storms that cool off the heat of the day, absolute clarity – being able to see for miles and miles across the Serengeti, revitalised active wildlife, few guests, and pretty much the perfect time of the year to go on safari.

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


Temperatures

  • Average maximum 21.2˚C (70.1˚F)
  • Average minimum 16.1˚C (60.9˚F)
  • Average wind speed 0.2 mps

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 245 mm
  • Sabora 229 mm
  • Faru Faru 161 mm
  • Samaki 367 mm
  • Risiriba 142 mm

Singita Sabi Sand

April 2014 - Sabi Sand, South Africa

Predator pathways

The Mhangeni pride marched in from the southeast and remained within the central area for a few days before venturing into the north. With the Majingalane males fixated on finding females and overpowering the Selati male coalition it’s inevitable that this is the time of change amongst the lion prides. The coalition of the four Majingalane males has been spending time in the northwest, well out of their normal territorial range. One of the male lions has been reported to be mating with an Othawa lioness. As the Majingalane coalition were increasing their territorial stake within the Sabi Sand, the Mhangeni pride were left on their own. The pride is doing well and all nine cubs are in a good condition. With the males not being around to chase the pride off the kills it has resulted in a positive effect for the pride, particularly when food is abundant for all.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report April 2014.docx


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 15.9˚C (60.7˚F)
  • Average maximum 28.0˚C (82.4˚F)
  • Minimum recorded 13.0˚C (55.4˚F)
  • Maximum recorded 34.0˚C (93.2˚F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 4 mm
  • For the year to date: 851 mm

Singita Kruger National Park

April 2014 - Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

A continued bloodline… Article by Danie Vermeulen

As the cool, crisp autumn air flows over the Lebombo valley in the far eastern reach of Kruger and the cherry sun sets over the escarpment, we wait in anticipation for the newly established kings to announce their presence with their ancient soul piercing roars. The time of autumn and approaching winter is most probably one the most vocal times of the year for lions, due to the cool dense air being able to transport the sound of a roar a lot further (up to 7 km away), but this is not the only reason why the rulers are belting out their assuring dominant presence…

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


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 15.6°C (60.08°F)
  • Average maximum 29°C (84.2°F)
  • Minimum recorded 12°C (53.6°F)
  • Maximum recorded 38°C (100.4°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 15 mm
  • For the year to date: 262 mm

Singita Grumeti

March 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

Welcome to the family (Photos by Ryan Schmitt)

The hills and plains surrounding Singita Serengeti House and Sasakwa Lodge comprise the territory of one of the main lion prides at Singita Grumeti, the Butamtam pride. The newest members of the pride were seen for the first time in March. There are six new cubs and their ages were about two months old at the end of the month. The six cubs are from two different lionesses, one the mother of two of the cubs and the other the mother of four. Two or more new sets of cubs being born into a pride concurrently are typical for lions. Groups of two or more females in a pride will come into oestrus and mate at the same time to ensure that they give birth at the same time. The reason for this is to provide added protection and benefit for the cubs. Lionesses leave the pride to give birth and don’t introduce the cubs to the pride until they are about two months old.

 

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


Temperatures

  • Average maximum 34.9 °C
  • Average minimum 16.2°C
  • Average wind speed 0.3 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 140.3
  • Sabora 146
  • Faru Faru 89.7
  • Samaki 341
  • Risiriba 149

Singita Sabi Sand

March 2014 - Sabi Sand, South Africa

Seasonal changes Article by Ross Couper.

After living in the bush for several years, you start to see the subtlest of seasonal changes in the vegetation. I am always waiting in anticipation to see the metamorphoses as it engulfs the bush with a blanket of change and, if you look closely, you will notice that the changes are very evident when pointed out. These small details are often included in the game drives but are brought to the fore during the guided walking safaris. Yesterday I parked my safari vehicle in the shade, waiting for it to be filled with fuel, and when I returned an hour later it was filled with dried leaves. This was an indication that autumn was advancing. The endless bird calls in summer are always a clear indication of the summer season. As the season progressed through the rainy months, a few summer residents still fed on the last of the abundance of insects before their long return to North Africa or Europe. This week it was difficult to hear a woodland kingfisher call. We have seen a few of them but they’re a lot less abundant than they were and they are not calling as a territorial display anymore.

 

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


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 17.6˚C (63.68˚F)
  • Average maximum 28.4˚C (83.1˚F)
  • Minimum recorded 8.0˚C (46.4˚F)
  • Maximum recorded 34.8˚C (94.64˚F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 308 mm
  • For the year to date: 847 mm

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