There are many different ways to approach The Week in Pictures. Often one can talk about the different seasons, weather, sightings of animals and their movements. This week I wanted to express my gratitude. For me the “bush” is an intangible notion and unbelievably difficult to explain to someone who doesn’t understand; those who know, will. I feel it is an environment that is infectious in the most positive way. There is an untamed and intangible energy that is impossible to express in words. It can only be felt. The most stressful day is washed clean with its presence. It clears and rejuvenates my mind, body and soul while being in a blanket of serenity. This is between all the excitements of course.
This week I would like to thank all the wonderful people I had the privilege of spending time with. We witnessed some incredible moments and learnt so much together. If it wasn’t for the thousands of people that come on safari each year, a place like Londolozi wouldn’t exist, the memories wouldn’t be shared and there most certainly wouldn’t be a Week in Pictures.
Also, not only myself but also everyone at Londolozi wouldn’t be live their dream and follow their passion. My heartfelt gratitude to all who have visited.

Enjoy this Week in Pictures…


Yesterday, four young male lions were found. There is speculation as to who they are and where they came from… With trial and error after much difficulty I managed to use the Nikon WiFi feature to get a low angle effect. (1/3200 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400)



Guineafowl feeding in the early morning light. (1/2000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 640)


Backlighting of a Matimba male. (1/200 sec at f/5.6, ISO 2000)


Cheetahs are seldom seen and there is always tremendous excitement whenever one is found. We were fortunate to seen this male walk to a termite mound during early afternoon drive. (1/2500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400)


A Senegal Lapwing incubating eggs. (1/4000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 640)


A different take on rhinos drinking; the reflection gives a distorted feeling. (1/1600 sec at f/5.6, ISO 500)


Two of the younger Tsalala cubs playing in the sand of the Manyalethi River. (1/4000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000)


Photographing vibrant sunbirds at Pioneer camp has to be one of my highlights from the past week. (1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400)


Even though winter is the denning period for wild dogs, there has been a group of three seen roaming through Londolozi over the past week. We suspect it may be a breakaway group that are looking for a new pack. (1/1250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 640)


A zebra on the airstrip just after sunset. (1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000)


A leopard in contrast. The bush takes on a new form once the sun has set and the darkness begins to descend. (1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600)


The Mashaba female stretching before wandering off into the night. (1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 2500)


There is beauty everywhere, all you have to do is look. This is my favourite picture from the week; early morning backlighting from the sun rising and dust that was kicked up by another impala running past. (1/2500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 640).


The sunset last night was breathtaking. I stitched a couple of photos together, creating a panorama in the hope of capture the best sunset of the week, possibly of the winter so far.

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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Helen Mitchell

The highlight of my day is looking at the fantastic photos taken in Londolozi. Thank you.

Frikkie Botes

Tx Don
Wonderful pics & tips


Hi Don, Do you think 1 of these 4 males could possibly be Junior?

Don Heyneke

Hi Sherri and Mike C, we presume three of the four males are Mhangeni subadult males and the fourth male is a nomad male from the Ximongwe pride that has joined up with the three sub adult males.

Mike C

Amazing pictures as always. Very curious about these males and how they slipped into Londolozi


Stunning images!


Hi Don i have sent a message to you on your FB messenger.

Stompie Joe

hey Don, the Ximhungwe submale has very little if any mane at all. would this be one of the males? thanks

Stompie Joe

Don will u guys be posting more pics of these young males? thanks

Jill Larone

Thank you Don, for sharing your beautiful pictures. As always, they are incredible! I was at Londolozi in Sept. 2013 and was with Mark and Lucky when our Land Rover became stuck in the mud and you helped to get us out…sadly a few days with the pink pouch for Mark. I think both you and Mark had not been at Londolozi long at that point (is that correct?). It was the most incredible 5 days, that gave me memories for a lifetime, so I would like to thank you and all the extraordinary Rangers, Trackers and staff that make Londolozi the very magical place that it is.

MJ Bradley

Stunning photos! Thank you so much for sharing.. I look forward to seeing al ink to the Londolozi blog in my mail box!

Cynthia House

Beautiful photos always a great way to start my day.

Wendy Hawkins

Don, I totally agree with you! There is a serenity in the bush that indeed calms the soul. It leaves an indelible mark on us that lasts forever, but has to be replenished often! I can’t wait for my trip to Addo in Dec to do just that. Thank you for these wonderful pictures to remind me of how wonderful it is!

Barry Bass

As usual an outstanding blog with pictures that are unique. Yes the bush is a place to heal and rejuvenate It has healed my soul See you all soon

James Tyrrell

Thanks for the comments Barry!
Hope to see you here soon.

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