Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report


First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Grumeti

April 2015 - Grumeti,

Just like March preceding it, April 2015 was unique compared to usual Aprils at Singita Grumeti. The drought and early arrival of the great wildebeest migration in March left short grass in its wake, in a month where the grass is usually quite high. After the rains started falling in the very last days of March, the concession began to turn from yellow to green and soon we had a lush green landscape of never-ending plains, beautifully contrasted by the deep blue rainy-season sky.

The migration was off the concession by early April and by the middle of the month the bulk of was back in the short-grass plains of the Southern Serengeti, where they are ‘supposed’ to be at this time of year. We assume they have gotten back onto their normal migratory track again, and hope to see them return here sometime around June.

Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report April 2015


Temperatures

  • Average Minimum: 15.6°C (60°F)
  • Average Maximum: 27°C (80.6°F)
  • Average wind speed: 0.2m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa: 245mm
  • Sabora: 229mm
  • Faru Faru: 161mm
  • Samaki: 367mm
  • Risiriba: 128mm

Singita Grumeti

March 2015 - Grumeti, Tanzania

We expected this March to be much like years’ past.  Occupancies tend to drop slightly. Wildlife sightings are steady and there is a nice amount of general game. The first few showers of the long rains arrive, bringing cooler temperatures, a release from the heat of January and February. The views across the plains are a beautiful sight as patches of rain clouds mix with large spaces of clear blue skies across the Serengeti.

Overall, March at Singita Grumeti is peaceful and serene.

Mayhem. Incredible. Surprising. Spectacular. In March 2015 we were all thrown for a loop, and not just at Singita Grumeti. The entire Serengeti Community was left scratching their heads.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report March 2015


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 32.8 °C
  • Average maximum 18.5 °C
  • Average wind speed 0.5 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 24.8 mm
  • Sabora 45 mm
  • Faru Faru 16 mm
  • Samaki 16 mm
  • Risiriba 32 mm

Singita Grumeti

February 2015 - Grumeti, Tanzania

February was marked by a larger than expected amount of rain. Hard and heavy evening downpours took place two or three times a week, cooling down the temperature in one of the typically warmest months of the year. The Nyati Plains was the place to be as hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of topi and zebra spread across the expanse for kilometres, with small pockets of eland and gazelle dotted amongst them. The 32-strong Butamtam Pride of lions was also quick to figure out that this was where the food was and they made the Nyati area their home, dispersed among different locations in their respective immediate family groups.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report February 2015


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 32.1 °C
  • Average maximum 17.6 °C/li>
  • Average wind speed .26 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 122.6 mm
  • Sabora 74.5 mm
  • Faru Faru 65 mm
  • Samaki 33 mm
  • Risiriba 152 mm

Singita Grumeti

January 2015 - Grumeti, Tanzania

The short rains of November and December tapered at Singita Grumeti at the beginning of January. The grass, which was sufficiently watered, grew under the sun’s heat and by the middle of the month the concession was covered in long grass. Long grass will continue to dominate the landscape here until the migration passes through Singita Grumeti in about five months’ time. The first month of the year was definitely a month of new beginnings as new members were added to our wildlife family.

Adding up!

The Butamtam Pride keeps growing (see our November 2014 Report) and we spotted more new pride members at the beginning of January. One of the older pride lionesses, aptly named “Scar” by our team, due to the prominent scar on her front right shoulder, was seen this month with four cubs that are about six weeks old.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife report January 2015


Temperatures

  • Average maximum 29.9 °C
  • Average minimum 17.2 °C
  • Average wind speed 0.2 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 41.1 mm
  • Sabora 15.0 mm
  • Faru Faru 20.2 mm
  • Samaki 66.0 mm
  • Risiriba 86.0 mm

Singita Grumeti

December 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

Leopard update

A number of leopard sightings in the past year have contributed significantly to the continued improvement of leopard habituation at Singita Grumeti. Our recent, most noteworthy sighting yet, was that of a female leopard stalking and killing a male impala west of Faru Faru in the late afternoon, witnessed by Field Guide, Jeremiah and his guests. This is a clear indicator that leopards in the reserve have become more accepting of our safari-traversing activities and that they have slowly reverted to the type of hunting behaviour which is typical of leopards (for the first time in approximately 50 years). Leopards characteristically hunt both during the day and at night. However, in the seven years prior to 2003, before Grumeti became a photographic safari destination, it was in fact a hunting area. It was then that leopards in this area adapted to hunting only at night when the potential human threat was not around. Until almost a year ago, witnessing a leopard kill on the reserve was completely unheard of! Fortunately, these big cats are beginning to feel more comfortable and the kill that Jeremiah and his guests saw, was in fact the third kill we have recorded this year!

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


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 29.4˚C (84.9˚F)
  • Average maximum 16.4˚C (61.5˚F)

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 100.7 mm
  • Sabora 98 mm
  • Faru Faru 67.5 mm
  • Samaki 208 mm
  • Risiriba 105 mm

Singita Grumeti

November 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

November is best known as the month that marks the beginning of the ‘short rains’ in the western Serengeti. The term refers to the fact that this rainy season lasts a shorter period of time than the ‘long rains’ of March, April and May. ‘Short rains’ perfectly describes the daily rain we get in November – short, small and quick! The rainstorms generally occur in the afternoon and hardly ever last longer than 30 minutes.
The most unforgettable feature about the rains is the fantastic skies. Pockets of rainclouds sporadically dot the Serengeti as far as the eye can see. The setting sun enhances the scene, mixing with the clouds to make beautiful and dramatic colours.

Migratory species slowly moved off of the property at the end of October, but lots of good general game has been present in the always-productive western section of the 350 000 acre concession. Herds of topi, zebra, and various other antelope grazed on the plains surrounding Singita Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Explore.

 

Read the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report November 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 15.1˚C (59.18˚F)
  • Average maximum 34˚C (93.2˚F)
  • Average wind 0.4m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa: 101.8 mm
  • Sabora: 116 mm
  • Faru Faru: 80 mm
  • Samaki: 85.5 mm
  • Risiriba: 88 mm

Singita Grumeti

October 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

Just like the three previous months, the first half of October was characterised by lots of game all over the concession. Large herds of migratory zebra continued to slowly move through the area, as well as pockets of a few thousand wildebeest. The migratory animals joined hundreds of topi on the Sabora Plains. The topi calving season that began in late September continued into October, and multitudes of tiny calves dotted the herds throughout the plains. In addition to all of the seasonal activity in October, a few guests were lucky enough to witness some really impressive sightings, many involving interspecies interactions, particularly among predators.

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


Temperatures

  • Average maximum 32.9 °C
  • Average minimum 15.8 °C
  • Average wind speed 0.4 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 62.3 mm
  • Sabora 94.5 mm
  • Faru Faru 55 mm
  • Samaki 121 mm
  • Risiriba 128 mm

Singita Grumeti

September 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

If August was ‘big zebra’ month, September must go down as ‘big cat’ month. Guests witnessed several hunts and kills, and then more leopard hoists were located than normal, so most of this month’s report will be based on feline viewing on the concession. September also saw thousands of wildebeest moving through the concession, mostly in a south and westerly direction into the Serengeti National Park, and then many of the very large zebra herds have started giving way to the resident species.

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


Temperatures

  • Average maximum 33°C
  • Average minimum 14.9 °C
  • Average wind speed 0.5 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 115.2
  • Sabora 55.5
  • Faru Faru 60.5
  • Samaki 97.0
  • Risiriba 35.0

Singita Grumeti

August 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

“August has some pretty big shoes to fill.” This was the statement we made in our July Wildlife Report. It seemed like most of the 350 000 zebra migration that follow the 1.5 million wildebeest were on Singita Grumeti’s 350 000 acre property during July. They mingled with the large multitudes of other general game and made the savannahs a beautiful site to behold. Although we have plenty of resident zebra we were sure that after a month the travelling masses would move on in early August. We were wrong. And we couldn’t be happier about how wrong we were! Large herds of zebra continued to stay here for the entire month of August, adding to the already spectacular landscape.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife report August 2014


Temperatures

  • Average maximum 32°C
  • Average minimum 15.1 °C
  • Average wind speed 0.5 m/s

Rainfall

  • Average wind speed 0.5 m/s
  • Sabora 62.0
  • Faru Faru 6.0
  • Samaki 62.0)
  • Risiriba 105.0

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

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