Singita Grumeti

Grumeti | March 2013

It is always a treat when guests share their photos with us, especially when they are expert photographers!

Dominique Kaziras and Nolwenn Hadet stayed with us in the beginning of March. With the help of their expert guide, Eugen Shao, they took some amazing photographs.

We would like to thank them for sharing their photos and subsequently providing us with a great deal of content for the journal this month. Thanks Dominique and Nolwenn!

Dominique, Nolwenn, and Eugen were on game drive around Sabora Tented Camp, when they came across a python with an impala it had suffocated to death. The python was now ready to feast on its hard-earned meal.

It was a truly spectacular sight, as one considers the size of this snake’s head and mouth compared to this large female impala.

A python’s lower jaw is made up of two halves. The halves unhinge from the top jaw, which allows them to swallow prey much larger than their head. Both jaws have multiple rows of sharp re-curved teeth and each half of the lower jaw moves independently of the other. This, along with their backward facing teeth, allows them to ‘walk-in’ their freshly captured prey.

Their skin is very flexible, allowing the body to extend once the prey is swallowed. This huge meal will satisfy the python for up to two months before it will have to eat again.

Download the full wildlife report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Journal March 2013