Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report


First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

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

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 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 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 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 Grumeti

February 2014 - Grumeti, Tanzania

Senior Guide Joe spotted this big male lion while out near Faru Faru. He saw it walking along alone in the distance, and drove closer to get a better look. When he was at a good viewing distance from the large cat he noticed an unusual feature – the tufted black tip of this lion’s tail was missing. The Singita Grumeti guides know all the lions and the pride movements in the area, and seeing an unknown lion is rare, yet Joe had never seen this male before. Because he is a stranger to the area, it is hard to know the details of how he lost the tip of his tail. The most likely situation is that it was bitten off by another full grown male during a territorial dispute, but really, anything is possible, and we’ll never know the full tale of the tip of the tail.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlfie Report February 2014


Temperatures

  • Average maximum 33.8
  • Average minimum 15.3
  • Average wind speed 0.2 m/s

Rainfall

  • Sasakwa 80.4
  • Sabora 45.5
  • Faru Faru 49.5)
  • Samaki 90
  • Risiriba 49

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