Technically, this Week in Pictures is a lie. It’s actually about 3 weeks in pictures.

However, I feel that given that I am supposed to have a job other than going on game drive, I’d best at least say that to keep the bosses happy…

Working in the finance department means I’m not out there as much as the rangers, which has its pros and cons. The major con is obviously that I don’t get to spend as much time in the bush, but on the plus side, I constantly find that there are new faces out there that I have never encountered before, or have seldom seen. The Ingrid Dam female and her cub are two such examples, yet in the space of a few days we had two amazing sightings of them.
When I was guiding full-time the territorial female in the area in which the Ingrid Dam female now resides was a much more skittish leopard, so it’s nice to know that the individual currently occupying that territory is far more viewable.

Enjoy this Week in Pictures…

Nanga Yf

The Nanga Young Female rests on a fallen log as the sun sets behind her. This is the first cub that the Nanga female has successfully raised to independence, and with her mother controlling the majority of the north of the reserve, there will hopefully be ample space for her to establish her own territory in. f4.5, 1/800s, ISO 640


Lying just a few meters from the young female, wallowing in a pool of water was this hyena, seemingly full from a recent meal. Perhaps it had stolen a kill from the leopard; we don’t know. It was a great example of two potentially dangerous species totally at peace within a very short distance of each other, when the need to compete was simply not there. f4.5, 1/800s, ISO 2500

Ingrid Dam Hoist

Until this month, I had never seen the Ingrid Dam Female; here she has just hoisted a freshly killed Common Duiker into a marula tree. A drag mark across the road – one of the most exciting tracks to follow – led tracker Richard Mtabina to where she was concealing the carcass, and we arrived just in time to see her hoist it up into the branches as the sun began to dip… f5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 320

Ingrid Dam Yf

After its mother had hoisted the duiker kill, the Ingrid Dam Young Female looked on inquisitively from a nearby termite mound. For a young leopard that hasn’t been seen all that much during her formative months, she is wonderfully relaxed when being viewed from the Land Rovers. f5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 3200

Ele Makhomsava

The leadwood forest on Makomsava provides the perfect setting for a lone elephant bull feeding on fresh summer grass. Take a look at Kylie Jones’ post from a couple of weeks ago; Photographic tips from the Londolozi Guides. Zooming out to capture an animal in its environment is often the best way to tell the story… f4.5, 1/800s, ISO 800

Ingrid Dam Yf Ximpalala 2

After no previous sightings, we had two in a few days of the Ingrid Dam Female and her cub. Here the cub gets a better view of an impala herd from some rocks at the foot of Ximpalampala Koppie. f5.6, 1/250s, ISO 800

Rainbow 2

Earlier in the month we had the most incredible rainbow over Londolozi. After some maneuvering I managed to get this Klipsringer lined up with the rainbow in the background. f5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 400

Ele Makhomsava 2

A second shot of the elephant bull at Makomsava, this time feeding towards us. He was a large elephant, yet was still dwarfed by the towering leadwood trees and Jackalberries that grew in and around this grove. f4.5, 1/800s, ISO 400


Another leopard I had not seen much of before; this was the first photo I have taken of the Anderson Male. Still relatively shy at the best of times, we will sometimes go a month without seeing him, even though he patrols probably 80% of Londolozi’s northern section. The quintessential leopard, he spends the majority of his life preferring not to be seen… f5.6, 1/400s, ISO 200

Dogs Slow

The low light as this pack of wild dogs set off on a hunt allowed for a panning shot with a slow shutter speed, providing the motion blur and enhancing the feeling of movement. f5.6, 1/50s, ISO 6400


Sometimes a long lens isn’t always necessary. This wide angle shot of the same rainbow scene provides more context and a better view of the Klipspringer’s (translated to “stone jumper”) rocky habitat. f5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 400

Mungen Rain 1

One of the Mhangeni lionesses sits through some light rain, backlit using a spotlight. These females are repeating their behaviour from a couple of years ago, spending more and more time away from their sub-adult offspring. Could we be seeing the forming of a new pride in the form of their 3 daughters? The 9 male sub-adults will surely leave and attempt to form their own coalition. Imagine how powerful they could be… f5.6, 1/160s, ISO 2000

Mungen Rain New

Sometimes the conditions just line-up perfectly. The same lionesses shakes herself off after the shower had passed by. f5.6, 1/320s, ISO 2000

About the Author

David Dampier

Financial Manager

David left the bright lights of Johannesburg and a promising career as a chartered accountant to join the Londolozi Ranging team in 2009. After three years spent as a guide, during which he built up a formidable reputation as one of Londolozi's top ...

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Marinda Drake

Stunning pics this week David. Love the two images of the elephant in the leadwood forest. Beautiful.

Victoria Auchincloss

As always the news and photos from Londolozi remind me that there is a magical world and takes my mind off the chaos surrounding us at home. Thank you.

Callum Evans

Absolutely incredible range of photographs. The shots of the Ingrid Dam Female and her cub are particularly sensational!! How old is the cub now?

Callum Evans

I also loved the photo of the elephant bull among the trees and the backlit lions! And the wild dog panning shot is also brilliant!!

Joanne Wadsworth

Enjoyed seeing new faces with excellent images.

Mary Beth Wheeler

Love that shot of the Anderson male. What a magnificent looking animal. Love the black eyeliner! I’ve not seen him yet but am looking forward to spotting him in June!

Denise Vouri

Great photos this week David. I’m hard-pressed to choose a favorite and so I’m not!

Penny Tainton

What beautiful, evocative photos! Thank you.

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