August at Singita Mara River Tented Camp could easily be dubbed the month of the pachyderm. Throughout the month we enjoyed spectacular sightings of elephant herds right from the comfort of the deck. On one particular day we had a herd of 60 just across the river, down on a lower bank, enjoying the lush green grass and rolling in the sand. The herd consisted of animals from six months old, all the way to the wise old giants of 50 years and above.
Lion: Lion sightings dipped slightly in August, because the majority of game drives were focused on the amazing migration crossings taking place daily, along the river. A few mating pairs were seen, one in the northern sector of the Lamai Triangle and another on the south eastern edge of the Mara River, so maybe in January or February we may begin seeing a few litters of lion cubs as well…
Leopard: Wow, what a month August was for leopards! There were 18 leopard sightings, which is one of the most sightings we’ve had in one month since opening the camp in 2012. A mother leopard and her two young cubs were definitely one highlight, and a big male with two wildebeest carcasses was a mainstay on the Kampi Kampi plains, for four consecutive days.
Cheetah: Cheetah sightings remained consistent. This area is their ideal habitat.
Elephant: Mara River Tented Camp was the place to be for elephant viewing in August, as you will read about below.
Migration: The wildebeest migration that flooded the area in the middle of July remained throughout the month of August. River crossings were a daily occurrence, often more than one per day! More on that also below.
Raptors: Where there is a migration there are thousands of vultures in tow, especially once the wildebeest start crossing the Mara River and the huge number of fatalities make a feast for the winged scavengers.