We can report that the final phase of lodge renovation at Singita Pamushana is going well, and us field guides have been busying ourselves with all kinds of projects and taking our annual leave while there are no guests visiting.
Fortunately, we weren’t really affected by the cyclone that hit Mozambique in March, however the Malilangwe Trust and our staff donated goods to those most affected. We have had some good rain and the landscape is looking lush.
Here’s a Sightings Snapshot for March:
There’s been a very interesting development in that the River Pride has taken over part of the Southern Pride’s territory. We are now seeing the River Pride in the southern area and it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.
Great news is that the three lion cubs that seemed to have disappeared a while ago have reappeared, and are in good health.
We’ve heard a lot of leopard calling at night, so there is much activity even though we are not on drive, and in the last two days we have had three leopard sightings!
Cheetahs were spotted on staff drives.
Every night, without fail, we’ve heard hyenas calling, and in the morning their tracks are all over the roads. They travel far and wide in search of food.
There has been a breeding herd feeding in the northern sector of the reserve.
This magnificent bull had right of way on our main Binya Road, while the old boy with the broken tusks fed peacefully on the plentiful grass.
Tracks tell us that there has been lots of white rhino movement, and on more than one occasion this month we’ve been lucky enough to see black rhinos from the main Binya Road.
A pack has been hunting along the northern boundary fence, and with the denning season coming up soon we hope they will choose to have their pups on the reserve.
A large herd was drinking at the central Banyini Pan, in early March.
Plains game is as abundant as ever with zebra, impala, giraffe and wildebeest seen on every drive, and there has also been regular eland sightings on central Banyini open areas.
During time off many of us have been fishing and there is excellent bream and tiger fishing at the moment!