I remember once reading that the first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. It easy to forget that there are a million intricacies that connect the web of ecology; when you really look you won’t just see the animal but everything around it and how they relate. Most live in or come from a world which has naturally made us rush through most of what we do. Its amazing what can be experienced when you stop for even just a couple seconds, and even more so for minutes or hours. This week I focused on taking time to look, listen and smell, and through that in itself I developed and new taste and appreciation for what is home.

Enjoy this Week in Pictures…



A beautiful hazy sunrises over the gabbro grasslands. (ISO 640 f/8 at 1/4000 sec)


A giraffe rarely spends time lying down to rest; we were fortunate to see this one in the beautiful morning light. Under exposing in camera helps create this effect. (ISO 320 f/5.6 at 1/800 sec)


Two Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills in symmetry. (ISO 1600 f/8 at 1/1000 sec)


The Talamati males were seen briefly for the first time since early March. We found their tracks trailing a large herd of buffalo; it wasn’t long after that they were found, well fed. (ISO 640 f/5.6 at 1/1000 sec)


The aloes at Londolozi are more than just indigenous plants, they are a part of Londolozi’s DNA. Stemming for Madie Varty’s love for gardening, most were planted years ago and are still present around the camp. I photographed this one right outside my room using a macro lens. (ISO 800 f/9 at 1/500 sec)


A marsh terrapin make its way through a crowded waterhole after feeding on parasites and dead skin of the many buffalo cooling themselves down. (ISO 400 f/5.6 at 1/640 sec)


Either end of the airstrip gives a completely different perspective. (ISO 1000 f/5.6 at 1/2000 sec)


There have been a number of elephant herds moving through the Sand River during the week. The perfect place during the heat of the day. (ISO 250 f/5.3 at 1/1000 sec)


The first sighting I have had of the not-so-new but very rarely seen Nhlanguleni cubs. The two cubs have been seen very infrequently mainly due to their first-time mother doing a exceptional job by hiding youngsters in the river. This was a quick glance of one shadowing its mother before disappearing into thick bush. (ISO 500 f/5.6 at 1/1600 sec)


After a mud bath, a swarm flies are reluctant to land on this buffalo.(ISO 640 f/6.3 at 1/1250 sec)


The 5 year old Tsalala lioness still shows glimpses of her youth. She selfishly chewed and played with an old leopard tortoise shell, swatting any other lion who came close. (ISO 1600 f/5.6 at 1/640 sec)


A non-breeding adult Wood Sandpiper, grooming itself. This very bird may even be on its way to the Arctic tundra to breed. (ISO 1600 f/5.6 at 1/400 sec)


A male vervet monkey finds higher ground while the rest of the troop forage below. (ISO 250 f/5.6 at 1/4000 sec)


The Matimba coalition returning to the comforts of the Sand River, ever present. (ISO 1600 f/5.6 at 1/400 sec)


Two buffalo bulls breaking the calm with pure power. (ISO 640 f/5.6 at 1/640 sec)

About the Author

Don Heyneke

Photographic Guide

Don defines the quintessential success story in guide development. Having limited experience in the bush or photography when starting at Londolozi, his years here have been a meteoric rise to prominence, and his understanding of the bush and wildlife around him as well ...

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Susie Hirst

Thanks Don for your words, stillness such a treasure, & passes so many. Just love the lion with the leopard tortoise

Jill Larone

I love your blog Don. It’s so important to just stop, listen and really see the beauty around you…breathe it in. Your image of the Wood Sandpiper is stunning! I also love the picture you captured of the Nhlanguleni female and her cub, and how fantastic to be that close to the Matimba coalition — what a great picture! Thanks for a great blog, beautiful images and a wonderful end to the week!

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