August has heralded the beginning of the rains, with the heat building up in the afternoons as the cumulus clouds tower over the Grumeti landscape. There has been enough rainfall to spur on the green flushes over the burns in the central regions. An emerald carpet can be seen in these areas luring back many plains species such as zebras, topis, impalas, gazelles and warthogs. The cats have been wonderful, as always, and with the movement of wildebeest away from the area we have begun to see some good elephant numbers returning to the now quieter grasslands and woodlands.
Here’s a sightings snapshot for August:
Great interactions with the Butamtam, Sabora West and Mkuyu prides this month.
Three new Butamtam cubs of about three months old were seen east of OP 7.
Two lionesses with six cubs on the Mkomre drainage were sighted. These animals were very shy and have most likely moved in from the surrounding marginal areas which is great to see.
Great sightings of the Grumeti North female and her daughter this month, close to the old German bridge.
We have enjoyed beautiful sightings of the Ridge Hill female and her two cubs.
Good interactions observed of a single older leopardess on the Grumeti River, downstream of the old German bridge.
Great sightings of a sub-adult male from the Sabora plains.
We have had some excellent sightings of the Sabora female east of Sabora. She seems to be very comfortable in this area and continues to hunt there regularly.
Some huge aggregations sighted on the Sasakwa plains.
Great elephant viewing along the Rubana River, at the base of Sasakwa Hill.
Great interactions in the marsh area and on the rhino rocks with good clan numbers.
Very good hyena viewing up on the Nyasirori high ground.
The great buffalo herds have been covering the open plains east of Sasakwa Hill and OP 7.
High buffalo numbers in the Ikorongo region on the Grumeti River and a herd of one thousand + sighted in the Triangle region.
The rhinos continue to thrive in the Ikorongo region. The animals are doing very well. All cows and calves are healthy and strong.