The greatest show in Africa returns to the Grumeti!
After much doubt and concern as to the migrations arrival on the concession, 21st June was the day they arrived. This year has seen their arrival delayed by 1 month and this is due to the noticeable rains Tanzania has received this year.
With their arrival, our predator sightings have been fantastic, with many kills being seen by our guests. In particular the Butamtam and Nyasarori prides have been gorging themselves on wildebeest which pour into the area.
Currently there approximately 300 000 wildebeest spread across the Grumeti, giving our guests some truly remarkable game viewing.
Lions: The Grumeti lion population is having a feast out there, with each pride making several kills daily.
The Butamtam pride, who have moved down towards the Raho drainage, are fat and healthy due to the constant supply of wildebeest they’re feeding on. They have been seen on a daily basis for the last two weeks moving between the Raho drainage and WD watering hole.Two females have moved away from the pride and are spending their time between OP 7 and Sasakwa Dam. With huge numbers of wildebeest and zebra drinking at the dam they don’t have to move far for a meal. The Nyasarori pride have also camped themselves on the Raho drainage, downstream of Kigelia crossing, and are having the time of their lives. On one morning we came across them having made eight kills during the night, then later in the morning they made two more, so in the space of a 12 hour period they killed 10 wildebeest! The reason for this is, this particular pride has five males and three females that are two years of age and they are now honing their skills on the bounty of wildebeest. Of the ten killed they only ate five of them, leaving the rest to hyenas and vultures.
Leopard: Our leopard sightings have also improved with the arrival of the migration, with several being seen feasting on the remains of young wildebeest. The majority of these sightings were made up by Tuliea and her two sub-adult cubs. They are frequenting the Sabora drainage line and downstream of Mbuni crossing. We are starting to see the cubs more and more on their own, showing us that they are starting to become more independent. Towards the end of the month a fantastic discovery was made near Acacia bridge – a female and her three three-month-old cubs were seen. The mother is very relaxed which makes for some great viewing as they suckle and play only a few meters from the vehicle. They have now been seen on several occasions in the last week.
Cheetah: Our cheetah sightings were slightly better than last month, but this month guests where lucky enough to witness several kills. The kills included four Thompson’s gazelles and two impalas. A female has been seen in and around Sabora Camp for ywo weeks and it is this female that has provided us with the great viewing. I mannaged to witness her killing a young gazelle and got some action-packed photos of the event.
Elephants: With the migration arriving out elephant herds have move away from the central area of the concession, spending a great deal of time along the Grumeti River and the boundary between the concession and the community land. Just before the migration’s arrival a herd of 100 was seen moving across Nyati plains heading south – they obviously heard the sounds of the migration approaching and were making their way down to the Grumeti River.