Our visits to Londolozi have always been memorable, but our recent stay was truly special in that it was the centerpiece of a Smith family reunion: the first time we’ve all been together in almost 2 years. Our trip, organised by ROAR AFRICA, include Cape Town, Franschhoek, and Londolozi – how much better can it get?! And, of course, we’ve been made to feel very much a part of the extended Londolozi family as well, so it was an absolutely wonderful South African vacation. Just being with our children and our Londolozi friends was a treat, but, of course, the icing on our cake was the bush experience. Londolozi always exceeds expectations, and this visit was certainly no exception.

From lion cubs on our first evening drive to leopard cubs on our final morning, we were enthralled. In fact, as you can see from the following photos, babies featured prominently in our sightings – young lions, leopards, elephants, nyalas, and even owls and plovers delighted us with their antics. For me, the highlight of our trip, though, was our final game drive: despite pretty miserably cold, wet weather we were fortunate enough to find the Nanga female with her 2 cubs, who, soggy as they were, put on quite a show for us and shamed me into pulling my camera out of dry storage to try to capture some of their carefree spirit. Bad light and a wet lens doesn’t make for crisp shots, but these slightly muted photos still rank as my favorites of the trip.  Enjoy this week in pictures…

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Written and Photographed by: Henry Smith

 

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Henry Smith

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

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Adri Pretorius
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Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

Zoe
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Lovely Hens! The owl at night is an incredible shot! I simply can’t wait to be back there!!! 🙂

Christy
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This are awesome photos Henry!! Glad you took the camera out in the rain to capture the unique pictures of wet cats! So fun! Love all the bird photos as well! Great photographs!!!

Jane West
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Henry, there is one thing missing in these photos….ME! What a spectacular time you had in the bush. Fabulous sightings! Trying to pick a favorite will be tough, but for me it could be the zebra…or the cheetah…or the owl…or the croc! Wish we had been there!!

Rich Laburn
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I couldn’t agree more Jane!

Margarita Doychinova
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WANDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenifer Westphal
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Henry, such beautiful photos – thank you for sharing! Sounds like a fantastic family trip as well. We’ve been fortunate to travel the world with our kids, and they list their time in Africa – and at Londolozi – as their top, top trips. Beautiful!

Arden Zalman
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Absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing. I, too, cannot wait to return to a piece of heaven on earth.

Mary Hubbard
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These are stunning photos!!!!!! Just beautiful! Wonderful job!

MJ
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You have some stunning shots.. Love the golden eyed leopard and the Cheetah shots and the owls, eagles, ellies.. thank you for sharing with us!

Wendy Hawkins
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Ed, it was definitely worth getting your lens wet with those stunning pics of those adorable Nanga cubs. The bird pictures are out of this world, especially the Fish Eagle sequence – THANK YOU & hope that you will let us see more?

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