Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report


First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Grumeti

December 2013 - Grumeti, Tanzania

In our October Journal we covered what we were sure was the final time we would see the migration until their return in about June or July. The herds entered our property for about a week, then exited making their way back south. What we never predicted was that they would unexpectedly loop back around. At some point after they left us in October, the bulk of the herds turned back north. In late November, hundreds of thousands were in the northern Serengeti at our Singita Mara River Tented Camp (see our Singita Lamai: Mara River Tented Camp November Journal). By the first day of December they were back at Singita Grumeti again, on Sasakwa plains, Sabora plains, and continuing onto the plains West of Sabora Tented Camp. They soon covered the entire property spreading from Sabora to Sasakwa to Faru Faru and further. Usually in December the wildebeest should be nearing Ndutu in the southern Serengeti, some 85 kilometres south of Singita Grumeti. The best explanation for their postponed journey most likely has to do with the rains, which arrived later than usual in the southern half of the Serengeti and, in turn, delayed the growth of suitable grass for the wildebeest. The herds moved on by the middle of the month, but their time with us produced a variety of exciting spectacles – the stories follow…

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report December 2013


Singita Pamushana

June 2011 - Pamushana, Zimbabwe

“When the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie, that’s amore…”When it glows like molten lava then disappears, that’s a central lunar eclipse. We experienced this rare treat from the decks of Singita Pamushana on the 15th of this month.

Our General Manager of Tourism, Jason Turner captured the action as we sat spellbound for 100 minutes as the moon passed through the centre of the Earth’s shadow.

We thought we were experiencing lunacy a different kind later in the month when a pangolin pitched up at our Head Quarters and appeared to give us all the once-over in a very endearing and curios manner. The full story follows… Is it a giant pine cone? Is it an artichoke? No, it’s a pangolin or scaly anteater (Manis temmincki).


Temperatures

  • Average Minimum:11°C (52°F)
  • Average Maximum:26°C (79°F)
  • Minimum Recorded:5°C (41°F)
  • Maximum Recorded:33°C (91°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period:7 mm (0 in)
  • For the year to date:280 mm (11 in)

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