The Grumeti Fund operates in the Singita Grumeti Reserves in the Western Serengeti. This is arguably one of the most beautiful areas of the whole of the Serengeti and has seen huge funding of its community and conservation initiatives. When Singita first moved into this area the poaching was so bad that the game was sparse – now head to Singita Grumeti at any time of year and you will be blown away by the large numbers of plains game, abundant predators and rare species. They have done the most incredible job.
One problem that remains across the Serengeti is snaring – they are set by poachers primarily for bush meat but very sadly cause a cruel and long drawn out death and also capture lions, elephants, giraffe and other unintended victims. The work of the Grumeti Fund and their conservation management is invaluable and in August and September alone they encountered ten separate incidents to do with snaring.
As soon as a snared animal is detected the team swoop into action with maximum haste and begin to coordinate the rescue mission. A TAWA or TANAPA vet will be called immediately so the animal can be darted, the snare removed, and the animals wounds treated. The team will also collect vital statistics from the animal which go on to the research teams.
Over the past three months the de-snaring team have removed over 268 snares before they could cause harm to bird or animal. The need for bush meat from local communities is an understandable cause, the way the animals die in a snare is however very hard to bear, and as mentioned the snares are indiscriminate in who they trap.
Another project which is constantly ongoing for The Grumeti Fund is the IAPS project – Invasive Alien Plant Species. These invasive species often impact everything from grasses to herbivores as they simply over take the area they are in. 46 Grumeti Fund Village Game Scouts take pride in ensuring invasive plant species do not get a grip on the local environment both within the reserve and outside.
If you choose to stay at Singita Sabora, Faru Faru, Serengeti House, Explore, Sasakwa or Milele you can be 100% sure that you are contributing hugely to their conservation efforts. You can also get as involved with this as you like when you stay by visiting the local community, meeting the community officers, meeting the anti poaching and de snaring team and much more.
On top of this you will enjoy some of Tanzania and Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges with Michelin star standard food, stunning, quirky and unique rooms, top guides and stunning views. We love their properties and this reserve so much and never have a client return from a safari here anything other than completely astounded by the level of care they have received, and the amazing wildlife they have seen.
The wildlife viewing here is exceptional all year round but the world famous wildebeest migration comes through from April-June, which adds that extra bit of drama to this already incredible area!