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With the number 300 right around the corner for the iconic Week in Pictures post, we felt something had to be done to commemorate it properly. We wanted it to have some meaning for the rangers who are out there daily, immersing guests in the wonders of the African bush, and so we thought we’d appeal to the competitive nature of the team.
A Cover Photo competition was thought up.
Now, the cover photo is what immediately catches your eye when you visit the Londolozi Blog homepage, and is ultimately what entices you to click on a post. The best or at least most visually appealing photo submission would be selected by a panel of (semi-) impartial judges to grace the head of the 300th TWIP.
Unfortunately, however, we opened up the competition to the entire lodge, and things rapidly got out of hand…
We’ll let the video show you what happened…
And for those who would like a bit more time to peruse some of the photo highlights from the last 100 weeks, here are 50 to whet your appetite. Why not take a look below and let us know in the comments section which one you would have chosen as the cover photo winner.
A collared sunbird hangs upside down to scope out its next intended flower.
The Sparta pride drinks deep from a pan during a break from feeding on a buffalo kill.
What you DON’T want staring at you if you’re an impala herd; the African Wild Dog.
The rarely seen Tatowa female and one of her current litter.
Londolozi staff enjoying the magic of an evening in the bush.
Crocodiles often move between water sources at night, so a photo of this one moving in the day is a rare thing.
The optimistic Piva male keeps close watch on some unsuspecting wildebeest while he is in turn spied on by a giraffe.
The Mashaba female watches the Mhangeni lionesses nearby.
Amy Attenborough races across the Causeway to get in position to film the Tsalala pride crossing (seen descending the hill in the background).
The toothy grin of one of the world’s most perfectly adapted predators.
A wild dog looks back towards the hyena clan that had just robbed its pack of their impala kill.
A wild dog takes a brief rest amongst its pack.
A whitebellied sunbird enjoys winter’s bounty in the forms of a flowering aloe.
A red lipped herald snake; aggressive but not dangerous.
Some of the Mhangeni cubs get an abrupt lesson in the dangers of stalking a fully-grown hippo.
The Tsalala Pride await the coming of a summer storm.
Giraffe begin browsing as the sun rises over Londolozi.
A flap-necked chameleon.
The Matimba males give a stately walk-by.
A pair of Africa’s most photographed bird; the lilac-breasted roller.
A Majingilane male and Mhangeni cub get rudely pushed off by a white rhino bull.
An impala ram at the height of the rut.
An African Jacana silhouetted in the evening’s glow.
A mating pair of lions listen intently to the roars of another male nearby.
The Mashaba female stretches before heading out to hunt.
The threatening display of a hippo.
A baboon yawns as the day ends.
A giraffe wanders off into the sunset.
Hyenas and lionesses interact over a buffalo that was still being killed, while the herd watches.
The leopard’s tail with its highly visible white tip.
A cheetah struggles to bring down an adult impala ram.
An elephant walks past in the early morning.
The Flat Rock male scrambles up a Jackalberry tree to where the Nhlanguleni female was waiting.
A lovely formation of giraffes.
Two hippo bulls battle for waterhole territory.
A young hyena slinks off from a waterhole where it had been bathing.
The Piva male and Tamboti female in an aggressive mating bout.
Guests enjoy a close-up viewing of a rhino bull as he drinks.
The Msahaba female watches her cub chasing monkeys high in the trees.
The Nanga female leaps over her boisterous cub.
Hyenas finish of the remains of a buffalo carcass that the Matimba males had killed.
One of the Nanga female’s cubs surges over a termite mound while the other remains tentatively behind.
A journey of giraffes splashes across the Sand River.
A white backed vulture takes flight.
The Nkoveni female leads her two cubs across a clearing.
The Nanga female keeps watch while the full moon rises behind her.
A summer storm breaks over Londolozi.
The Inyathini male, Ndzanzeni female and her cub all vie for space in the boughs of a Jackalberry tree.
James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills were well developed, and he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team as a result. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the photographic skills ...