Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report


First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Kruger National Park

April 2014 - Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

A continued bloodline… Article by Danie Vermeulen

As the cool, crisp autumn air flows over the Lebombo valley in the far eastern reach of Kruger and the cherry sun sets over the escarpment, we wait in anticipation for the newly established kings to announce their presence with their ancient soul piercing roars. The time of autumn and approaching winter is most probably one the most vocal times of the year for lions, due to the cool dense air being able to transport the sound of a roar a lot further (up to 7 km away), but this is not the only reason why the rulers are belting out their assuring dominant presence…

Download the full wildlife report here:  Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report April 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 15.6°C (60.08°F)
  • Average maximum 29°C (84.2°F)
  • Minimum recorded 12°C (53.6°F)
  • Maximum recorded 38°C (100.4°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 15 mm
  • For the year to date: 262 mm

Singita Pamushana

April 2014 - Pamushana, Zimbabwe

A babysitter was around, but not engaging with the two hyena cubs in its charge. The rest of the clan hadn’t returned from the night’s hunting and scavenging, bearing a bone or scraps, full of compelling unknown smells, whooping their return calls or performing the greeting ritual, and as a result the two cubs were thoroughly bored – as bored as only two mischievous hyena cubs can be…It was a little chilly, dew clung to the leaves and the sun was slow in getting up for the day. The scene was set for one of the most memorable mornings I’ve had at a den-site.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report April 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 18,3°C (64,9°F)
  • Average maximum 28,4°C (83,2°F)
  • Minimum recorded 15,6°C (60,0°F)
  • Maximum recorded 33,9°C (93,0°F)

Rainfall

  • For the month: 12,4 mm
  • For the year to date: 483,4 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 Sabi Sand

March 2014 - Sabi Sand, South Africa

Seasonal changes Article by Ross Couper.

After living in the bush for several years, you start to see the subtlest of seasonal changes in the vegetation. I am always waiting in anticipation to see the metamorphoses as it engulfs the bush with a blanket of change and, if you look closely, you will notice that the changes are very evident when pointed out. These small details are often included in the game drives but are brought to the fore during the guided walking safaris. Yesterday I parked my safari vehicle in the shade, waiting for it to be filled with fuel, and when I returned an hour later it was filled with dried leaves. This was an indication that autumn was advancing. The endless bird calls in summer are always a clear indication of the summer season. As the season progressed through the rainy months, a few summer residents still fed on the last of the abundance of insects before their long return to North Africa or Europe. This week it was difficult to hear a woodland kingfisher call. We have seen a few of them but they’re a lot less abundant than they were and they are not calling as a territorial display anymore.

 

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report March 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 17.6˚C (63.68˚F)
  • Average maximum 28.4˚C (83.1˚F)
  • Minimum recorded 8.0˚C (46.4˚F)
  • Maximum recorded 34.8˚C (94.64˚F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 308 mm
  • For the year to date: 847 mm

Singita Kruger National Park

March 2014 - Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

Cheetah Article by Enos Mngomezulu

The word ‘cheetah’ is derived from the Hindi word ‘chita’ meaning ‘spotted one’. The Singita concession has a good habitat for these elegant animals. They prefer to live in open grasslands, savannahs, dense vegetation and sometimes even in mountainous terrain. The openness of the grasslands and semi-desert areas better accommodate their style of hunting, which is running as opposed to stalking and pouncing. The best areas for viewing cheetahs here are Kori Clearing, which is a vast open area where we often see a large Kori bustard; around Golf Course Clearing which is another open area with short grass that resembles a golf course; Cassia Open Area which is an open area named after the sjambok pod tree – Cassia abbreviata; the N4 (named after the busiest highway in South Africa) is an open area near Gudzane Dam which, in winter, has clearly defined game trails to the water.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report March 2014


Temperatures

  • Average minimum 20.5°C (68.9°F)
  • Average maximum 32°C (89.6°F)
  • Minimum recorded 17°C (62.6°F)
  • Maximum recorded 35°C (95°F)

Rainfall

  • For the period: 92.5 mm
  • For the year to date: 247 mm

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