As this week draws to a close it also marks my final week at Londolozi and I could not have asked for a better one to finish my time in the bush. Apart from some great sightings, it has allowed me to reflect on my four years at Londolozi and reminisce on some fantastic moments the bush has given me. With each sighting I had I could not help but think it might be the last time I would see that specific animal and so despite the sadness, I would mutter a silent goodbye under my breath.

We have also had a small amount of rain over the past week which has allowed for a light brush of vegetation to start breaking through. Let’s all hope that this is the beginning of some more rain to come in the following weeks. I for one will be watching closely to see what the next few weeks and years have to hold in this incredibly special place.

Thank you to everyone. This has been a truly incredible chapter in my life and I will miss this place immensely.

And with that, I hope you all enjoy my final Week in Pictures…

piva

A simple yawn highlights the Piva male leopard’s canine weaponry.

mhangeni-cubs

My first sighting of the Mhangeni Pride youngsters. After gorging themselves on not one but two buffalo kills, the pride headed down to the Sand River for a well deserved drink.

zebra

Always a great subject to convert to black and white. This small dazzle made their way to a pan of water, which had formed overnight during a thunderstorm.

mhangeni-youngster

A Mhangeni Pride youngster curiously watching as we wait for the rest of the pride to come down to the river for a drink.

puff-adder

An image I have always wanted but never managed to get. This puff adder lay coiled and poised, something very typical of this species. Often they will lie in wait for some prey species to step within striking distance of them rather than actively looking for prey.

tsalala

Even when resting, the adults of the Tsalala pride are watchful for a possible hunting opportunity. A youngster rests safely on one of the adults while a group of nyala walk through the Manyelethi riverbed a couple hundred yards away.

tatowa

After a thunderstorm is always a great time to look for the cats as they are more often than not out re-marking their territories with the scent of their urine that was washed away in the rain. Here the Tatowa female leopard pauses briefly before continuing her morning patrol.

goose

An Egyptian goose comes in to land after successfully chasing off an intruder.

nkoveni-female

Side light in this images portrays the elusiveness of a leopard and reminded me how lucky I have been to spend some very special moments with these cats.

rhino

Something I will carry with me going forward is the memory of waking up to birds chirping, the sense of the unknown as we head out for drive and watching the bush come to life each new day. As the days are heating up earlier and earlier, this rhino takes advantage of the cooler conditions, moving as the sun comes up.

ndzanzeni

My last sighting of the week and of my time at Londolozi was of the beautiful Ndzanzeni female leopard and her two cubs. This is an image from the first time I saw them. It was my very last sighting and I sat in awe with watery eyes at the incredible send-off the bush has given me.

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Trevor McCall-Peat

Photographic Guide

Trevor joined Londolozi from Balule Game Reserve, and with this head start in guiding, he was up and running in no time as a Londolozi Ranger. Trevor has a unique style in photography, capturing images from fresh angles that most wouldn’t see. This ...

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Marg Guit
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Saw the 2 little leopard cubs during our visit 11-15th October. That was a truly special privilege so I understand your emotion! Best wishes to you and Erin in your future venture/s.

Francesca ziino
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Absolutely amazing pictures. I can understand why you wouldn’t want to ever leave such an amazing place. Africa left me totally in awe and I hope to return one day. Thank you for sharing

Barbara Weyand
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Trevor, I always enjoy the Londolozi blog as it brings constant wonder-filled rememberances of my visit in June. Your post was equally moving with your comments and photos. Thank you for sharing your special “goodbye”.

Dina,Guido
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we are very glad that we could enjoy these fantastic moments too!

Lisa Karlson
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Trevor, Bill and I were so lucky to spend time with you in August and see these wonderful animals through your eyes. We learned so much from you, and you were such fun to be around. We are so glad we got to meet you, and have enjoyed reliving the bush through your photos. Wishing you and Erin all of the best in life – your adventure is only just beginning!

Alan Pollard
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We are booked in to return to Londolozi in February and the daily blog reminds us of the wonderful things we could see. We are really looking forward to seeing you all again.

Lydia Watson
Guest

Thank you for your wonderful photos – you have no idea how much they cheer me up and make me smile while I’m in the office! Good luck with your next venture.

Carole Househam
Guest

Thank you for sharing your beautiful last goodbye pictures. I have such beautiful memories from my visit in February after four years you must have so many awesome memories. I wish you well as you continue life’s journey and may it be as amazing as Londolozi. I also do realise how hard you all work, keeping all the visitors happy and allowing them to take home wonderful memories. Good Luck and all best wishes.

Jenny
Guest

A fantastic photographic farewell. Thank you. Go well with your new adventures.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Guest

Trevor, Thanks for the memories and fabulous photography! Terri and I have loved getting to know you and wish you well. The memories and FUN we have had riding with you over the years are priceless!

Jeff Rodgers
Guest

Thank you for the time you spent with Vivian and I this past March, congrats on your marriage and all the best for the future.

Peggy Fox
Guest

Thank you for making the start of each day more pleasurable. Best to you!!!

Wendy Hawkins
Guest

Thank you for sharing this very emotional blog with us. I wish you all the best for the future & hope that we will see you back at Londi one day. Your pictures are so beautiful & very special!

Toni
Guest

Wow! Absolutely wonderful photographs with great composition. So inspiring. We have so much to feel good about in this country

Barbara (Gowar)
Guest

My once-in-a-lifetime experience at Londolozi will forever prominently feature you, Trevor! Thank you, sincerely, for colouring in the pictures for me and being a support and friend to Cal. Good luck in all your life adventures.

Arden Zalman
Guest

Good luck in your future adventures. I thank you for your fantastic captures of Londolozi. And thank you for being an informative ranger.

Greg and Denise Liss
Guest

My husband, Greg, and I enjoyed our time with you immensely, Trevor. We were so incredibly lucky to have had you as our field guide on our very first trip to South Africa. It could not have been better. While I am sad to hear that you will not be working at Londolozi for our return trip, I truly hope you visit us if you visit the states one day. I would love nothing more than to be your field guide and show you the beauty and wildlife of New Jersey. All best to you and Your wife.

Jill Larone
Guest

Thank you Trevor, for the past 4 years of sharing your well-written blogs and beautiful pictures. Congratulations on your marriage and I wish you and Erin all the best in your life together — I am sure it is going to be the most incredible journey.

Jack Tenen
Guest

We met Erin when we were at Londolozi a few weeks ago and I have enjoyed your photos on the blog tremendously. Wishing you both a wonderful life together.

Al Kaiser
Guest

Sorry to hear you will be leaving and wish you well. I enjoyed catching up,with you over the past few years and owe you a debt of gratitude for helping me with the star photography. All the best.

Bronwyn Laburn
Guest

we miss you already, go well guys…all our love always…

Saki Joslin
Guest

Trevor, we loved having you as our guide when our boisterous family group came to Londolozi in May 2016. Since then I have so enjoyed your fabulous photos and stories, which have kept Londolozi alive for me. It feels like a direct pipeline to the wild! I am constantly dreaming of returning, and sad that you won’t be there. But it sounds like you and Erin have some wonderful adventures ahead. Wishing you all the best…

Trevor McCall-Peat

Thank you very much everyone for all your kind words. Erin and myself are full of mixed emotions and sad to be leaving Londolozi but excited for the future and what is to come. Thank you for the support and kindness over the past couple of years.

MJ
Guest

You will be sorely missed, but I am sure that other wonderful adventures await you! Thank you for sharing your time at Londolozi with all of us. Not goodbye but Until Next Time!

Malcolm and Laura Stewart
Guest

We have been fortunate enough to have you as our ranger on our last two visits, you have taught us so much and your photography is the best. We will miss the shout out of ” morning impala” on the dawn drives. Wishing you and Erin health and happiness in everything you do.

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