Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report

First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Sabi Sand

October 2013 - Sabi Sand, South Africa

A visit from a pangolin

A pangolin is often referred to as a mythical creature, something that is thought to exist but is never ever seen. Many guides will dream of seeing one but will never get the chance to lay their eyes upon the sharp-edged scales of this extremely shy animal. Imagine my surprise when the radio crackles to life and a voice utters, “Stations, I have located a pangolin.” I could not believe my ears, and I was only ten minutes away. I happened to be enjoying the company of a cheetah family at the time and as much as I loved being there I knew I had to see this creature for myself. I mentioned to my guests that they simply had to trust me here and that I was about to try and put them into a select category of pangolin-believers. They held on and off we went. Ten minutes later we arrived and there, right in front of me tucked away next to a small Acacia tree, was a pangolin. I had to do a double take, as I could not believe it at first.


Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report October 2013


  • Average minimum 14.2˚C (57.6˚F)
  • Average maximum 29.4˚C (84.9˚F)
  • Minimum recorded 10.0˚C (50.0˚F)
  • Maximum recorded 46.0˚C (114.8˚F)


  • For the period: 101.5 mm
  • For the year to date: 122.5 mm

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