Reconciliation: defined as the restoration of friendly relations.

Today, 16 December, is The Day of Reconciliation in South Africa. There are two significant events in South Africa’s history that led to this day being recognised. One, being early on in 1838, when the battle of the Blood River took place between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus. The other being the day South Africa became a democracy in 1994.

I feel the word reconciliation is tied into what we stand for at Londolozi and how we operate on a daily basis. It is most certainly apparent in all the human relationships; but it’s also noticeable on an animal to human relationship level.

We are incredibly privileged on a daily basis to be able to go out into the wilderness and view these animals in their natural habitat; going about their daily routines completely unperturbed by our presence. This would have been nearly impossible 90 years ago when the area that Londolozi lies was an area where hunting was practised. But with the hunting having stopped 40 plus years ago, the reconciliation process between animals and humans prevailed. Today, when a leopard is willing to trust you enough to allow you to view her and her cubs at a comfortable distance, or when an elephant matriarch feels comfortable that you won’t harm her herd, it is truly one of the most magical experiences and one ultimately achieved through a process of reconciliation.

So Happy Reconciliation Day from the Londolozi Family. Enjoy this Week in Pictures…


The Tamboti female stands alert after noticing a herd of impala in the distance whilst on a territorial patrol. It is important for the predatory animals to remain alert of prey species even if they are not actively hunting so that they can move through the bush without being alarmed at. f4 @ 1/1000 ; ISO 640.


Two juvenile white fronted bee-eaters wait for a meal from their parents. These birds eat a variety of flying insects such as honeybees, beetles, flies, dragonflies, moths and butterflies. f8 @ 1/250 ; ISO640.


One of the Mhangeni youngsters rests after having fed on a large waterbuck. Having a kill in the Sand River is ideal for the pride as it means that they do not have to go very far for something to drink. f6.3 @ 1/800 ; ISO 1000.


The Kashane male leopard pauses his descent from a marula tree to make sure that the pack of wild dogs that chased him up there are gone. These sorts of conflicts between predators are typically over competition for food. f8 @ 1/800 ; ISO640.


A yellow-throated Longclaw runs amongst a burst of freshly sprouted grass. This birds feeds on a variety of insects, including millipedes which are prolific at the moment. f4 @ 1/1000 ; ISO500.


An elephant drinks from the water flowing in the Sand River. As rains fall to the west of us in the catchment of the Drakensberg Mountains, we hope to see the water levels continue to rise. f8 @ 1/2000 ; ISO640.


A male black-bellied bustard stands a top a termite mound. It is from here that he will do his distinctive and rather entertaining call. This involves giving a  drawling, frog-like quark, after which he pulls his head back into his shoulders, his bill goes horizontal and then he extends his neck and gives an abrupt, explosive popping sound, like a cork being pulled from a champagne bottle. f5.6 @ 1/2000 ; ISO640.


A crocodile basks in the early morning light. It’s not often that you manage to get this close to a crocodile without it heading for the safety of the water. To get this rather different eye-level angle, we utilised a small depression below the bank it was basking on. f2.8 @ 1/400 ; ISO1000.


The Piva male descends a tree carefully after feeding off the impala kill that he had hoisted earlier in the day. Leopards in the area will usually hoist their food in order to protect it from being stolen by lions and hyenas. f8 @ 1/500 ; ISO800.


A Pied Kingfisher perches on a bent piece of reed as he watches for his next meal. These birds have the ability to calculate for the refraction of water in order to be able to grab fish successfully. f2.8 @ 1/1600 ; ISO640.


The Inyathini male leopard notices something in the distance, by his reaction it was more than likely potential food. The eyesight of leopards fascinates me, as even through my binoculars I could not see what he was looking at. f4 @ 1/640 ;ISO500.


A group of giraffe browse on the top of a hill crest. There is a plethora of giraffes on Londolozi at the moment, taking advantage of the new shoots sprouting off a a variety of tree species. f7.1 @ 1/800 ; ISO1000.


The Tamboti female moves across her territory, scent marking constantly to make sure that other leopards are aware of her presence. Predators do this in order to clarify the borders of their territory and therefore minimise their chances of physical conflict with a competitor. f4 @ 1/2500 ; ISO1250.


A hippo returns to the Sand River after a night spent feeding. These animals feed at night due to the sensitivity of their skin to the sun. f6.3 @ 1/320 ; ISO1000.


As mentioned above, having a kill in the sand river is ideal for lions, as it means not having to travel far for water. Here one of the Mhangeni youngsters takes a drink after feeding off their waterbuck kill. f4 @ 1/1000 ; ISO800.

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Kevin Power

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Kevin hails from the small town of George, but we try not to hold that against him... After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance at the University of Stellenbosch, Kev realised that town life wasn't for him for the moment, and ...

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Hi, Kevin
I believe that’s the Ravenscourt male leopard on the tree. He’s the son of Kashane male. Kashane moved to the south of Sabi sand and is now Makhotini/Maxabeni male leopard’s main comeptition.


Beautiful photos Kevin but that male leopard is not Kashane,it’s Ravenscourt male,son of Kashane and Ravenscourt female.

Nicki Ryan

Mr Powers – you are on fire! Can’t wait for New Year – these are absolutely amazing pics!

Susan Young

So excited. Will be visiting you in September 17. Have a good Christmas


Sensational images. Don’t know what else to say other than I wish I was there.

lou jacobs

stunning photos!


Thank you for the awesome pics Kevin and happy Reconciliation Day to all. So glad you are getting some needed rain to fill the rivers and pans for the animals and hopefully assist the humans that need it also.

Jill Larone

Fantastic pictures Kevin! I especially love the close-up of the Piva male — just stunning, and also the one of the Tamboti female — it’s always a good day when I can see her! What a great image of the Hippo out of the water — I don’t think we see that too often, and I always love seeing the Giraffes…one of my favourite African animals. All beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Judy B.

Wonderful pictures, Kevin!


Really good pictures Kevin, thanks. Looking forward to trip number 5 next year!

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