Singita Pamushana is currently closed for the final stage of renovations. The first stage was completed before our busy season last year, and this final stage was then scheduled for the first few months of 2019. The renovations are going very well and we can’t wait to see the final results and be ready for high season again before mid-year.
The Guiding Department are enjoying hosting guides from other Singita properties and showing them all we have to offer here. It’s also a great time for us to do extra training, special courses and explore some of the vast wilderness on foot that we don’t often get to.
We’ve had some good rain and the Malilangwe Dam has come up again and drenched the previously grassy shoreline. The wildlife is scattered because of the rains and they are enjoying every corner of the property.
Here’s a Sightings Snapshot for February:
The River Pride has split temporarily with the females separating into two groups.
The River Pride males are trying to extend their territory by going east and south and challenging the Southern Pride males.
The River Pride killed a large buffalo bull, and fed on it for days, not sharing it with the ever hopeful hyenas.
A fascinating sighting was watching the River Pride try to cross the Chiredzi River to the Hippo Valley side, but the water was so high they wisely decided not to risk it.
Not too much leopard news due to limited drives and the tall grass, but we did see a magnificent tom
early one evening.
A fantastic sighting of the cheetah boys – see the story that follows.
We tracked elephants from the south west of Sosiji Dam and later came across two bulls. With the wind in our favour we got to about 40 metres of them and then spotted the breeding herd approaching. We returned to the vehicle and got into position to safely watch the herd and all their babies.
A breeding herd of about 60 elephants have been feeding in the Khayeni area, with lots of bulls moving around there too.
Excellent sightings of white and black rhinos, as always. An extra special one was of a black rhino with her calf.
The highlight for the month was seeing a large herd of buffalo east of Chibi, and some of the cows were in labour. What a privilege it is to see a calf being born.
The packs tend to move south at this time, towards and into the Gonarezhou National Park.
Hyenas were hassling the lions for a bite or two of their buffalo kill, but only gained in getting a bite or two on their rumps from the irritated lions.
There is an abundance of plains game enjoying all the new grazing. A great sighting was of a herd of 20+ eland.
Undoubtedly the slender mongoose that bit off more than it could chew when it tried to kill a huge python, south of Bhanyini!
One cruise had the good fortune of viewing of an adult male black rhino, looking very relaxed, at the edge of the water. As the sun set a big pod of hippos kept everyone entertained with their loud honking sounds.
Walks and rock art
The guides have done a lot of walking and exploring, especially with the visiting guides from other Singita properties, and have even logged some previously unrecorded rock art sites.