The area around Singita’s Mara River Tented Camp is looking absolutely splendid thanks to all the rain. This remote area and camp are a hidden emerald in the crown of Africa!
Here’s a sightings snapshot for December:
The lion sightings include a mating pair and reports of new cubs (approx. 2-3 months old) that have been with the pride out towards the border.
Two sub-adult cheetah from Kenya that had collars were spotted near the Lamai Rangers Post for a few days.
Elephant activity has been around Lamai airstrip where a number of impressive bulls spend their time and then a few breeding herds have been moving around the border feeding on the new Vercellia shoots that are coming through.
Hippos and crocodiles:
With the Mara River so full and the current so strong the hippo and crocodiles have been displaced and now seek refuge in the small tributaries and pools adjacent to the main river. There have been three hippos that have died as a result of fighting, and at all three carcasses there has been a big, black-maned lion who is shy of vehicles.
The small river that flows into the Mara River near camp had 14 crocodiles in one pool at one point as well as the resident pair of fish eagles feasting on catfish.
The birding has been good with the rains and a new bird in camp has been the little weaver (Ploceus luteolus).
A new clutch of 14 ostrich chicks was observed for a number of days not too far north of camp.
Verreaux’s eagle-owl (Bubo lacteus) sighted frequently near camp, lovely to have them so close.
A large monitor lizard was found dead with talon marks on its side – assumption was that a marshal eagle had killed it but there was no sign of it having been fed on.