It’s been another great month of sightings – some fleeting, some enduring, but never guaranteed. Visuals that we can promise are the priceless time-honoured paintings that adorn some of the sandstone cave walls on Singita Pamushana’s Malilangwe Reserve. Malilangwe has had a long history of human occupation, from the early hunter-gatherers to the more recent agro-pastoralists. Each of these groups has left behind evidence of their presence and preservation of the San rock art and other sites of cultural interest is a conservation priority. In addition, Kambako Living Museum of Bushcraft has been set up on the border of the reserve to preserve the vanishing bushcraft skills of the local Shangaan people. A must for all guests is a visit to Kambako. You’re invited to glimpse the past and marvel at human ingenuity as this fascinating community takes you through their age-old solutions of hunting, forging spear heads, making fire, preparing food, crafting pottery and so much more…
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report June 2013
- Average minimum 11,6°C (52,8°F)
- Average maximum 26,8°C (80,2°F)
- Minimum recorded 08,7°C (47,6°F)
- Maximum recorded 32,7°C (90,8°F)
- For the period: 0.2 mm
- For the year to date: 354 mm
Cheetah numbers in Africa, Middle East and central parts of Asia have dropped dramatically from 100 000 animals at the start of the 20th century to about 7 500. In the Kruger National Park the population estimates are between 120 and 160 animals. If you get to see one or more you are really lucky, it is like finding the needle in a very large haystack. Raising cubs as a single mother is very difficult. The cubs have to be kept safe from all the other predators that will very easily and readily kill them. She also has to provide for all the hungry mouths and they are already eating meat at about six weeks old. Cheetahs do not do well with competition from other predators, often losing kills to lions and hyenas. They avoid any confrontation because they cannot risk injury to themselves as this could result in them being unable to hunt. Females give birth to between one and six cubs. The mother we’ve been so privileged to see managed to raise five cubs until they were about a year of age. She started to teach them to hunt at about four months by giving them live animals to play with, and at about six months they are making their own kills.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report June 2013
- Average minimum 9.7°C (49.5°F)
- Average maximum 27.5°C (81.4°F)
- Minimum recorded 0°C (32°F)
- Maximum recorded 31°C (87.8°F)
- For the period: 0 mm
- For the year to date: 398.5 mm
The arrival of The Great Migration on the 1st of June kicked off what would prove to be a very exciting month for viewing wildlife at Singita Grumeti. On the first day thousands of wildebeest began arriving from the southeast, making their way north and west. They surrounded Faru Faru Lodge and the Nyati plains, and after about ten days were spread across nearly all of Singita Grumeti, from Faru Faru Lodge in the east, to the central Sasakwa plains below Sasakwa Lodge, and all the way west past Sabora Tented Camp. They milled about grazing for about four or five days and then they began to move, forming never ending lines heading back east again and then north through Ikorongo. The bulk of the herds were gone by the 20th, although we still had plenty of stragglers moving through for the entirety of the month. After Ikorongo we expect them to pass through the Lobo area of the Serengeti, and then to the Kogatende and Lamai areas where Singita’s Mara River Tented Camp is located, with a front row view of the wildebeest crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report June 2013
- Average minimum 32.8˚C (91.01˚F)
- Average maximum 12.0˚C (54.68˚F)
- Minimum recorded 0.0˚C (0.0˚F)
- Maximum recorded 0.0˚C (0.0˚F)
- Sasakwa 0.0
- Sabora 0.0
- Faru Faru 0.0
- Samaki 0.0
- Risiriba 26
The long rains continued to fall in the beginning of May, but eventually the sun came out, the rain disappeared, and the land began to ‘de-sog’ itself. All areas of the reserve became accessible again and there was much to be seen…
An Enormous Feast
Our guide Saitoti Ole Kuwai was with guests on Rhino Rocks Road when he noticed some leopard tracks. He got out of the vehicle and followed them a short distance on foot. The tracks were going north towards Mbogo Drainage.
The group drove to Mbogo Drainage and, after an in-depth look, they could not find any sign of a leopard. Saitoti picked up his binoculars and looked back towards the south.
He soon noticed something red in a tree very far away. “There’s a leopard over there”, he told the guests. They drove quite a distance and the red soon came visible. A zebra foal was hanging lifeless from the tree. His haunches had already been feasted upon. Draped above the carcass was an impressive male leopard.
It’s a great accomplishment for a leopard to catch a zebra, and very rarely witnessed – let alone hoisted up a tree for all to see!
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report May 2013
- Average minimum 31.1˚C (59.3˚F)
- Average maximum 13.4˚C (81.1˚F)
- Minimum recorded 0.0˚C (0.0˚F)
- Maximum recorded 0.0˚C (0.0˚F)
- Sasakwa 90.8
- Sabora 103.9
- Faru Faru 74.34
- Samaki 163
- Risiriba 91
The Xhirombe pride with its welcome new additions
The Xhirombe pride of lions, which live in the southern area of our concession, have been going through some interesting times, but the most significant is, without doubt, the new addition three young cubs.
This is the smallest pride on the concession, and its heritage is from the famous Mountain pride, but they split years back when the Mountain pride became too big. The previous set of male cubs has now moved off and has become nomadic. The lionesses mated with a new dominant male, seen in October 2012. Given the 110-day gestation period, we estimate these three lion cubs to be at an age of about 3 or 4 months. All members of the
pride are in great health – they are fantastic hunters, and rule the mountains. The father is spending a large amount of time with the mother and cubs. Male lions are not reputed to be great fathers, but the dominant male has been staying with the female, and has actually been incredibly vocal of late, sending out a clear warning.
The lioness moves the cubs from den site to den site, but the cubs are definitely being exposed a little more now as they get older, and we have been afforded some wonderful sightings as they play around on the already spectacular granophyre rocks, not far from the lodge. Certainly very new and welcome additions to the Singita Kruger National Park.
Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report May 2013
- Average minimum 9.0 °C (48.2°F)
- Average maximum 27.7°C (81.8°F)
- Minimum recorded 3.0°C (37.4°F)
- Maximum recorded 32.0°C (89.6°F)
- For the period: 10mm
- For the year to date: 398.5mm