If you’d like to see plentiful wildlife sightings and different species interacting on your safari, call a Singita Reservations Consultant right now and board the first plane bound for Africa! The bushveld is achingly dry, and while this doesn’t fit with a conventional view of beauty, it has a spartan allure all its own. While driving through a mopane woodland with their copper-gold leaves drifting down in front of their sooty black-grey bark you can see that it is exactly this vegetation and time of year that a leopard’s rosetted coat has evolved to in order to provide near-perfect concealment. The game is concentrated around the shallow water holes, and if you spend a good couple of hours at any of these you’ll see species that tolerate each other drinking together, while others seemingly wait their turn on the peripheries. Elephants can be the playground bullies barging in and hogging all the space unsharingly, while many predators bide their time nearby, waiting for plains game to take a life-sustaining or life-ending drink.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report September 2013
- Average minimum 17,2°C (62,9°F)
- Average maximum 32,7°C (90,8°F)
- Minimum recorded 11,8°C (53,2°F)
- Maximum recorded 42,3°C (108,1°F)
- For the period: 17,4 mm
- For the year to date: 372,0 mm
Although considered quite early we’ve had our first rains for the season. More than just settling the dust after a long dry winter it’s brought to life so many species that have been dormant for months. Trees have started blooming, frogs and cicadas have started calling and the most amazing birds have begun to return for our warm and colourful spring. It is now the start of baby season! So many species synchronize their breeding for this fruitful time of year. It simply comes down to good, lush feeding, which translates to the mothers producing very nutritious milk for the newborns.
World Rhino Day – five species forever
World Rhino Day was held for the fourth time on 22 September and celebrated all five species of rhino: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhino. World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. The following year, World Rhino Day grew into an international event and success story, encompassing both the African and Asian rhino species.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report September 2013
- Average minimum 16.0°C (60.8°F)
- Average maximum 30.3°C (86.5°F)
- Minimum recorded 10.0°C (50.0°F)
- Maximum recorded 38.0°C (100.4°F)
- For the period: 6 mm
- For the year to date: 415.5 mm
August 2013 was a month of contrasts, from very hot dry days to cold wet evenings. After sustained high intensity grazing from the large herbivores, and in particular the wildebeest migration in June and July, rains in the last ten days were most welcome. Wildlife flocked onto the new green grasses, especially on the previously burnt areas. The two photos that follow were both taken on 21 August by Section Ranger, Grant Burden. From a conservation perspective, August is an important month because of the annual wildlife census, held each year between the 20th and 28th .The leopard-print helicopter and “ace pilot” are normally stationed at Sasakwa for approximately two weeks carrying out patrols and the census. During the census the helicopter is equipped with two extensions or measuring polls jutting out at ninety degrees from both sides.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report August 2013
- Average minimum 33.4°C (92.1°F)
- Average maximum 14.8 °C (58.6°F)
- Average wind speed 0.9 mps
- Sasakwa 45.0 mm
- Sabora 38.1 mm
- Faru Faru 57.5 mm
- Samaki 40.0 mm
- Risiriba 50.0 mm
Winter is definitely coming to an end
Winter is always a productive time of the year for us on the concession, and this year has been as exciting as ever. A combination of the vegetation thinning out, and the permanent water sources have made for some spectacular, and consistent seasonal game viewing. Spring is upon us, and already some of the migratory birds have returned to this their southern destination – like southern yellow-billed kites and Wahlberg’s eagles. We now look forward to the first rains, with the promise of green colours, insect sounds and fresh smells, not to forget it’s coming up to baby season!
Coming of age
It’s a harsh time in every young male lion’s life, the day that they are seen as a threat to the dominant male and pushed into independence. When these young males reach puberty they are evicted from the pride and need to fend for themselves, this way ensuring there is no inbreeding within a pride. Pride dynamics dictate that all female members are related, being sisters, cousins or aunts to one another.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report August 2013
- Average minimum 12.3°C (54.1°F)
- Average maximum 27.0°C (80.7°F)
- Minimum recorded 02.0°C (35.6°F)
- Maximum recorded 34.0°C (93.4°F)
- For the period: 0mm
- For the year to date: 409.5mm
Lions crossing the Sand River
The presence of various vulture species along the banks of the Sand River led us to a carcass. An adult kudu had been killed during the night by a pride consisting of not only three adult lionesses, but also their six tiny cubs. We watched in awe as the lionesses growled aggressively as they fed on the remaining scraps. That was an incredible scene to witness. The real attention though was on the little lion cubs off to the side of the action. They were tough to see as they were so small that only their backs were visible in and amongst the dense grasses and vegetation they were lying in. Now and again one would venture into an opening and would be greeted by a series of “oohs” and “aahs” sounding from the game viewers. Not long after we arrived, the lionesses started moving down towards to edge of the river, followed in convoy by their adorable youngsters – the oldest being not more than three months of age.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report August 2013
- Average minimum 10.3˚C (50.5˚F)
- Average maximum 27.2˚C (81.1˚F)
- Minimum recorded 07.0˚C (44.6˚F)
- Maximum recorded 34.0˚C (93.2˚F)
- For the period: 26 mm
- For the year to date: 964 mm