February has yet again been an incredible month with some beautiful wildlife sightings. From wonderful herds of Elephants to magic moments with Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. We have observed large numbers of Zebra moving into the concession and some lovely herds of Giraffe. The Buffalo herds remain impressive as always in their black masses out on the Sasakwa and Sabora plains.
The Grumeti river has dropped a little this month as we have experienced some drier weather both here on the reserve and in the catchment further to the North East where the Grumeti sources.
The Nyasirori high ground, south west of Sabora camp has unleashed incredible scenes as great numbers of both Thompsons and Roberts Gazelle flood the short grass plains. The Cheetah have not been too far away with an ever-watchful eye over the herds. The high ground has offered lovely herds of Eland and Topi too, as they wonder gently across the wide open spaces.
Here’s a sightings snapshot for February:
We have sighted Lion daily on the reserve this month.
17 members of the Butamtam pride have been seen regularly on the Sasakwa plains.
There have been six new additions to the Butamtam pride and the cubs are currently just of 8 weeks old.
The Nyasirori Pride have offered some great viewing also as they continue their long-standing tradition of climbing into the trees dodging the long grasses and bighting flies.
Sightings of both West pride and the Mkuyu pride have also been recorded this month.
Again, the Leopard sightings this month have been incredible.
The Grumeti North hill mother and 2 daughters have been seen almost every day of the month.
We have also seen the Grumeti river mother with her older cubs of 11 months.
Amazingly, we now have a third mother with another two very small cubs in the rocky outcrops just north of FF Lodge.
Three different resident males have also been sighted west of Sabora, the Mbogo drainage and Sasakwa hill.
Cheetah sightings this month have been challenging, however, we have managed to locate these wonderful cats and enjoy great observation.
A single female has been busy up on the Nyasirori high ground and we have observed our Sasakwa plain male a number of times this month.
Cheetah sightings have also included another female in the Ridge hills and another male on the Sand road, west of FF Lodge.
February has seen the return of great Elephant numbers as they stream back over the lower Grumeti river waters.
Lovely breeding herds have been seen scattered throughout the concession.
Aggregations of one hundred have been sighted at Colobus crossing, Grumeti river.
Rolling off Sasakwa hill for an early morning drive, we are often met with Elephants at the base of the hill and in the valleys…. Beautiful.
Hyena viewing this month has been great. Much activity still remains in the Boundary pan region and the youngsters are keeping fit and well.
Hyena have of course been sighted all over the concession but the greatest concentrations are definitely in the Nyati and Nyasirori regions.
Large herds of Buffalo still roam the grasslands with herds up to six hundred strong.
If you have a soft spot for Buffalo bulls then take a drive or a walk down the Rubana drainage line and prepare to be met by the true bruits of the Grumeti! Such incredible characters and each war-torn face tells a different story.
The Rhino continue to do very well in the Ikorongo region.
Most of the animals are settling into their various ranges and seem to be comfortable.
It is so incredible to have these animals back in the ecosystem, what a privilege!