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March 2012

A Brand New Jaguar Cub

by Rich Laburn March 30, 2012
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Our friends at the Caiman Ecological Refuge in the Pantanal, South America, sent us through this fascinating footage of a female jaguar, named Chuva, with her brand new cub. Jaguar expert and guide, Helder Brando, tells us a little bit more about this special creature. “On the eve of another campaign of the Onçafari Project [...]

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Earth Hour 2012

by Rich Laburn March 29, 2012
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“Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour.  More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also [...]

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The Month of March

by Rich Laburn March 28, 2012
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As March comes to an end, so do the blisteringly hot days of summer at Londolozi. The season has definitely eased into the early annals of Autumn and the once overgrown grass of the January floods have steadily been grazed down by the herbivore species. March has provided fantastic game viewing, interesting lion dynamics and [...]

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Welcome Back!

by Rich Laburn March 27, 2012
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Our long time repeat guest, Sonja Waldl, was recently welcomed back to Londolozi for another special safari. Having returned more than eleven times, Sonja has become a much loved member of the Londolozi family. Driving with Julius and Robert and staying in Tree Camp, here are a couple of pictures from her recent stay as [...]

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Hazyview Digital Learning Center Underway

by Rich Laburn March 26, 2012
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Over the last few weeks, the construction of the Hazyview Digital Learning Center has finally begun. This exciting project has been months in the making and years in the dreaming however it is now underway and will soon be open for the rural learners of the communities around Hazyview, Mpumalanga. The Digital Learning Center aims [...]

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Meet Our New Exec Chef: Anna Ridgewell

by Rich Laburn March 22, 2012
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We are very proud and excited to introduce Londolozi’s brand new Executive Chef: Anna Ridgewell. Anna grew up in Zimbabwe before training at Silwood in Cape Town. Having worked at many of the Cape’s top restaurants as well as Southern Africa’s top luxury lodges over the past decade, Anna is an accomplished and imaginative Exec [...]

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A Study of Londolozi

by Rich Laburn March 21, 2012
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Kate Albert, a member of the Royal Photographic Society in the UK, kindly sent through an album of her favorite images taken during her recent visit to Londolozi. An ARPS in the Royal Photographic Society, Kate’s images demonstrate an acute eye for the smaller aspects of life throughout Londolozi. Whilst her images of the mammals [...]

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Tracking Lion

by Rich Laburn March 20, 2012
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The male lion tracks are fresh from this morning; they lay on top of the rain that came during the night. Before we leave Alex gathers us into a group. “Ok guys, do you know what to do if you encounter a lion? When it growls at you or when it charges you?” The students [...]

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7 Days Alone in the Wilderness

by James Crookes March 19, 2012
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As part of the training at Londolozi, all prospective rangers are required to spend 7 days walking the Londolozi property. The purpose of this is twofold. Firstly, after walking the roads for 7 days, you will have covered the entire property and should be comfortable orientating yourself wherever you may be on the property. Secondly, [...]

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Lion Warfare – The End of an Era

by Rich Laburn March 17, 2012
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Another member of the infamous Mapogo Coalition has died.  Yesterday, the Southern Pride Coalition of males moved deeper into the Western Sector of the Sabi Sands and discovered the Mapogo known by many as ‘Mr T’, owing to the easily recognizable Mohawk shape of his mane. According to reports, video and pictures from properties in [...]

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The Week in Pictures # 35

by Talley Smith March 16, 2012
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This week, as opposed to the normal game drive, we spent quite a bit of time on foot. The purpose of walking in the bush is not usually to view and photograph the larger mammals so much as gaining a different perspective and focusing on the smaller, more subtle things. On one particular morning, Adam [...]

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Majingilane mates with Sparta Lioness

by Adam Bannister March 15, 2012
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Exciting news from Londolozi is that the one lioness from the Sparta Pride is mating! We were fortunate enough to watch the Scar-Nose as well as the Dark Maned Majingila Males mate with this female. Recently, the Majingilane Males followed this lioness all the way west out of their territory. Deep into enemy land they [...]

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The Camp Pan Male – Hunter or Scavenger?

by James Crookes March 14, 2012
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The Camp Pan male leopard is somewhat of a legend at Londolozi. Born in December 2000, he has dominated much of the area for a number of years and sired many cubs. He is one of the easiest of Londolozi’s leopards to identify as he has a scar (black line) beneath his right eye. His [...]

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Buffalo chase off Majingilane Males

by Adam Bannister March 13, 2012
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One of the reasons I love the bush is that you never really know what could unfold. It was meant to be a morning drive to go and see the large herd of buffalo that had made its way onto Londolozi. There we were sitting in the long grass taking photos of the buffalo as [...]

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Leopards Fight in Marula Tree

by Adam Bannister March 12, 2012
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The Maxabeni Female superbly hoisted her latest kill into the branches of a Marula tree. She fed for a while before settling down for a little sleep. She had been magnificent and deserved a rest. The kill was safe up in the tree…or was it? We saw him approaching from the north. The massive frame [...]

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A Journey into South Africa

by Rich Laburn March 11, 2012
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Back in January we showcased a video of the Camp Pan Male Leopard filmed by Lauren Major during her time at Londolozi.  However one video wasn’t enough and Lauren recently sent us a second video she produced about her full trip to South Africa.  Featuring the Londolozi wilderness, wildlife, rangers and trackers, amongst other things, [...]

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The Flavors of Londolozi

by Rich Laburn March 10, 2012
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“Meet Executive Chef Craig Paterson as he takes us through a colorful starter that speaks to the flavors of South Africa – one of many dishes I ate and enjoyed during my time filming wildlife at Londolozi.” This post features an interview with Londolozi Executive Chef, Craig Paterson. Produced by Lisa de Guia of Food.Curated, [...]

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The Week in Pictures # 34

by Talley Smith March 9, 2012
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People sometimes ask us, ‘Do you ever get bored seeing the same animals all the time?’  For one thing, getting to observe the same (territorial) animals over time allows us to follow the stories of their lives, and also, in the bush you see and learn something new every day, no matter how much time [...]

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A Love Affair with Leopards

by James Crookes March 8, 2012
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Just over 2 years ago I decided to take a sabbatical from the corporate world and spend some time guiding in the South African Lowveld, an area that has always had a magical hold over me. The Sabi Sand always had a certain allure largely due to its reputation for phenomenal leopard viewing. For as [...]

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Tsalala Sisters remain strong

by Adam Bannister March 7, 2012
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The Tsalala Pride have had a rough last few months. It’s sad to think that only four months ago they had eight very healthy cubs. Now this pride’s precious cargo has been whittled down to just three. Initially there were four males and four females…now it is only three females that remain. Here is a [...]

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Lion Warfare: Mapogo vs. Southern Males

by Adam Bannister March 6, 2012
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Stories from the western part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve are traveling on the winds. The winds of change. It sounds like there is an epic tale unfolding. A tale that, although not currently occurring on Londolozi soil, will undoubtably have a influence on the lion dynamics closer to home. From the sounds of [...]

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The Winner of the Good Work Foundation Raffle

by Rich Laburn March 5, 2012
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The Good Work Foundation, in association with Londolozi Game Reserve, Chad Cocking Wildlife Photography and Krugerpark.com, is pleased to announce the winner of the GWF raffle which ran during February 2012.  Congratulations goes to our winner: Katherine Siobhan Pearson The draw took place this last weekend, with Maya Groch, picking the lucky winner from the [...]

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The Waterford Wine Festival 2012

by Rich Laburn March 4, 2012
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At Londolozi we realize that there are few things as wonderful as a beautiful glass of wine after watching a leopard hunt. We also realize that wine is more than an alcoholic liquid, it is a representation of all that is good with life. Wine speaks to conviviality, friendship, refinement and what the French so [...]

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Hyenas Kill Buffalo Calf

by Adam Bannister March 3, 2012
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A couple of nights ago the four Majingilane Brothers killed a female buffalo at Londolozi. It was incredible to watch them tear apart the carcass and feed throughout the night. We decided to go and sit with them the next morning, at day-break, to see if we could film any interesting encounters between the members [...]

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The Week in Pictures # 33

by Talley Smith March 2, 2012
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What a week for photography! The sun was out and the animals were everywhere. This week saw the return of the Tsalala Pride, as well as the continued emergence of a new leopard to Londolozi, and three particularly interesting sightings which highlighted the immense amount of competition in the bush. Enjoy the Week in Pictures…

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Male Lion Conflicts of Yesteryear

by Rich Laburn March 1, 2012
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In the early 1990′s, two dominant male lions controlled the territory throughout Londolozi. Known only as the Black Maned and Golden Maned males, the pair were formidable and very much in control of the lion dynamics. It was however the fence between the Sabi Sands and Kruger National Park that would change everything. Up until [...]

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