The Mara River is a water wonderland that dominates the Lamai triangle. The river and the small springs and tributaries that feed into it, provide generous access to water for the game living here, whether it be for drinking, cooling off or just having fun. The festival of life plays out on the seamless banks that stretch unhindered to the horizon, but every now and then the urge to cross the river is irresistible, and the drama reaches its zenith.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Lamai Wildlife Report October 2013
We can’t stop talking about the migration in this wildlife report, but it’s because the migrants are always here! After strong showings in July and August, the herds of wildebeest continued to impress throughout September. River crossings were a daily occurrence and there were 35 crossings in the Mara River Tented Camp area, in the 30 days of the month. What follows is a photo essay of the sights – I think you’ll agree the images speak for themselves.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Lamai Wildlfie Report September 2013
About a week after the bulk of the Migration left Singita Grumeti, they began filtering into the area where Singita Mara River Tented Camp is located, in the remote Lamai Triangle, on the bank of the famous Mara River. They first arrived in the Kogatende area about 10 kilometres south of the camp and reachable by game drive. After a couple of days though, game drives were no longer necessary, as thousands of wildebeest congregated right across the river from camp. The numbers grew and grew, the great herds waiting until the last possible minute before they had to face the inevitable – crossing the croc-infested Mara River. Whether pushed in by the shoving behind them or out of pure bravery, the first wildebeest eventually made the leap of faith into the mighty Mara. Within a second of that first leap thousands followed. The crossing was a truly amazing spectacle. These wildebeests are not only susceptible to the dangerous jaws of the crocodiles, but also to each other. With the huge number of them crossing the river, individuals are also accidentally pushed under and drowned by their own kind.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Lamai Wildlife Report July 2013
The rains have held off this month, giving the area a chance to dry up a bit and colours to change. This, combined with a hot easterly wind, has turned the palette from all shades of green to burnt amber, ochre and dark browns with just a pale under-shading of green to remind us of what was, and what is, to come. The plains east of us have been exceptionally productive over the month, with regular sightings of elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions and plains game. Hyenas pass the heat of the day lying in the little pools of water in the now almost dry drainage lines, and cheetahs stalk the plains on their long legs, cubs in tow, as they search for something to chase down and eat. The next time you are on safari take some time to enjoy the dazzling zebras you are bound to see – they are among the most photogenic of animals and there is always something going on if you spend a little time watching a herd.
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In the northern portion of the Serengeti National Park lies an area known as the Lamai Triangle, it is from here that I write this. The Lamai Triangle lies between the Mara River in the south with the Kenyan border and adjacent Serengeti National Park Border making up the other two sides. It is an area of 779 square kilometres (approximately 300 square miles) made up predominately of open grass plains. The Lamai Triangle was only incorporated into the Serengeti National Park in 1965, a move that has, without doubt, been of benefit to the great wildebeest migration. The Lamai Triangle is known as one of the best all year round game viewing destinations in the world, when the wildebeest and zebra are not migrating through this area there are large herds of resident game, such as buffalo, elephant and eland.