Our regular Week in Pictures photographer, Talley Smith, has been on a break for the last few weeks and hence we thought it was only fitting to ask her father to present us with a post in her absence.  Henry Smith is a regular visitor to Londolozi and an outstanding photographer as you will see from his images below.  He recently spent a bit of time photographing both the iconic and intricate species of the African bush and we feel very honored to showcase his work  Enjoy this week in pictures…

We spent our first evening drive with the lions, starting with the very handsome Dark-Maned Majingilane (followed by a sighting of an impressive Martial Eagle) and, not much later, we came across the Sparta Pride, who were having a nice nap (all but the cubs, who were too busy climbing fallen trees) before eventually being joined by a couple of the Majingilanes and wandering off to hunt in the early evening, leaving the cubs in the care of one of the lionesses:

Dark Maned Majingilane Male Lion

Dark Maned Majingilane Male Lion

Martial Eagle taking off

Martial Eagle taking off

Sparta Cub

Sparta Cub

We then spent several days bouncing from sighting to sighting, almost as if the animals were lining up waiting to see us, particularly the leopards: the Dudley Riverbank Female and her cub; the Ximpalapala Female and her 3 cubs; the Tugwaan Male; the Vomba Female and her cub; the Nottens Female; the Maxabene 3:3 Young Male; the Camp Pan Male; and, on our last drive (thanks to determined tracking by Freddy, assisted by Dean, who had joined us for the drive) a fleeting glimpse of the Mashaba Female and her cub.

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Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

The Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

The Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

Vomba Female and Cub

Vomba Female and Cub

Vomba Female and Cub

Vomba Female and Cub

The Tugwaan Male

The Tugwaan Male

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Mashaba Female’s Cub

The Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

The Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

The Dudley Riverbank Cub

The Dudley Riverbank Cub

My favorite leopard sighting, though, was of the Ximpalapala cubs: when we drove up to them, we wondered why they were all up in the trees, and we soon found out why. One of them decided to come down but had barely touched the ground before scrambling madly back up to safety, having encountered a rather large hyena!

The third Ximpalapala Cub

The third Ximpalapala Cub

Exiting the Tree

Exiting the Tree

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Exiting the Tree

Returning to Safety

Returning to Safety

Two Ximpalapala Leopard Cubs

Two Ximpalapala Leopard Cubs

My other favorite sightings were the beautiful male cheetah on a kill:

Cheetah Kill

Cheetah Kill

Cheetah Kill

Cheetah Kill

The Male Cheetah frequenting Londolozi

The Male Cheetah frequenting Londolozi

and a Pied Kingfisher fishing in the pond (unfortunately, I missed the actual splash:)

Pied Kingfisher taking off

Pied Kingfisher taking off

As you know, I love the birds, and I saw plenty on this visit:

European Bee Eater

European Bee Eater

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

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Water Dikkop

A Pair of Woodland Kingfishers

A Pair of Woodland Kingfishers

African Jacana

African Jacana

Wahlberg's Eagle Perched on Branch

Tawny Eagle Perched on Branch

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

And, as for the larger and smaller animals:

Zebra Profile

Zebra Profile

Curious Zebras overlooking Sparta

Curious Zebras overlooking Sparta

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A Pari of Mating Chameleons

A Pair of Mating Chameleons

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Hippo Tonsils

Hippo Tonsils

The Marine Oxpecker

The Marine Oxpecker

Written and Photographed by: Henry Smith (Londolozi Guest)

Filed under Guests Leopards Wildlife

About the Author

Henry Smith

Guest contributor

Talley Smith's father. Resident of Bermuda. Huge fan of Londolozi and Africa generally. Keen amateur photographer.

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7 Comments

on The Week in Pictures # 63

Bronwyn
Guest

WOW!!! Father and Daughter what a team- you guys are amazing!

Pat Haines
Guest

Beautiful, thank you.

Luke Galardi
Guest

Beautiful images of all sorts. Thanks for sharing your talent

Courtney McGuigan
Guest

Holy cow! I can see where Tally gets her gift from! Fantastic shots. Making me even more excited for my trip! See you all in a few weeks!

Kate Neill

Hi Courtney!

Like father, like daughter!!! We looking so forward to having you! Safe travels!

Kate Neill

Mike Ryan
Guest

Hi I read the blog everyday on the tube in London. It’s amazing how many people look over my shoulder at the pictures. Henry, Nicki my wife is looking for a new lens. Can you advise what you use ? The pictures are stunning. We will be back soon.

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