“Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you. – Huron”

 

As 2016 flies past at an unimaginable rate, I am thankful for the gift of photography that allows us to capture and immortalise moments. Londolozi has been providing great opportunities this past week and I have enjoyed one of my best cycles in the bush since I started guiding. After some much needed rain the bush seems to have come to life in spectacular fashion. Lion cubs, leopards and spectacular sunsets make up my list of highlights for the week I hope you enjoy the images!

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One of two 6 week old Tsalala cubs struggling to keep its eyes open. ISO 640, F2.8, 1/800.

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The second cub can’t hide her curiosity. ISO 640, F2.8, 1/1250.

 

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The two young cubs (both females) are always looking for opportunities to pounce on each other. ISO 1250, F2.8, 1/1000.

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The lighter-maned Matimba male follows the Tsalala females back to the den-site. ISO 640, F2.8, 1/5000.

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The dark-maned Matimba male catches a scent in the air. ISO 640, F2.8, 1/500.

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The Sparta pride have finally introduced us to their four cubs, two males and two females. The adult lionesses killed a large kudu bull on Londolozi this week and spent a few days near the centre of the reserve. ISO 1250, F2.8, 1/2000.

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Doing what Lions do better than any other. ISO 1250, F2.8,, 1/2500.

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Joining us at an afternoon drink stop. ISO 200, F3.5, 1/30.

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Although the rain has greened up the bush, much dust still remains, which when kicked up can add immeasurable value to backlit photographs. ISO 200, F3.5, 1/250.

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This giraffe can easily be identified by a bull by his thicker ossicones (not true horns). ISO 200, F4.0, 1/200.

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The Mashaba female rests in the late morning ,watching her daughter pushing boundaries with a hyena. ISO 800, F2.8, 1/640.

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The cub is becoming bolder and bolder, as showed by her approach to this young hyena. Had the hyena been fully-grown, it is doubtful whether she would have got so close.. ISO 2000, F2.8, 1/320.

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Mother and daughter share a drink after feeding on a young waterbuck carcass nearby. ISO 320, F2.8, 1/8000.

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The Mashaba female again, on the lookout for any potential prey. ISO 3200, F2.8, 1/100.

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Cool earth near this wallow provides a comfortable resting place during the heat of the day. ISO 640, F3.5, 1/1250.

About the Author

Nick Kleer

Field Guide

Nick joined the Londolozi team from Thornybush Game Reserve, and immediately began revealing his photographic potential, especially in the passion with which he pursued knowledge. An almost fanatical approach to improving his photography has seen him gain a rapid understanding of all the ...

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12 Comments

on The Week in Pictures #226
    marinda drake says:

    Stunning images Nick. Awesome capture of Mashaba and her cub drinking water together. Tsalala cubs are adorable. Great to see the Sparta pride back at Londolozi.

    Diane Phillips says:

    Just beautiful photos. Thank you. Loved the little ones. so precious. Thanks again.

    Sherry says:

    Great blog! Thank you very much.

    Sherry says:

    Thanks we know Tsalala cubs are famales.
    Tsalala ‘ future!

    Gillian Evans says:

    A stunning selection of photos! The lion cubs are as cute as they get and I especially love the black/white of the Mashaba female up the tree. Thanks for keeping me in touch with life at Londolozi

    Victoria Auchincloss says:

    Fabulous, can’t wait for December. Victoria Auchincloss

    Wendy Hawkins says:

    Thank you Nick for this wonderful selection of photos. The DM Matimba Male is looking rather thin, is he old, I’m not sure? The Lion cubs are cuteness personified & the Mashaba cub so close to the Hyena is a concern, no wonder mom looks worried. Have a great weekend

    Robert Hayes says:

    Great photos as usual. The dark-maned Matimba male looks so much thinner than I remember from recent posts. I hope he is okay.

    Jill Larone says:

    Stunning images Nick! I couldn’t pick a favourite, they’re all fantastic. The cubs are all so sweet. I also thought the dark maned Matimba looks very thin…was he injured in the latest encounter with the Majingilane? I really hope he is okay.

    Mary Beth Wheeler says:

    Hard to believe that it’s been exactly a year since we were with you for 12 exciting days! Do much has changed, yet remains the same – except for those lion cubbies! Next year this time – 2 weeks!

    Andy Francombe says:

    Amazing images Nick. We had a fabulous time at Londolozi last week and were present for some of the above sightings which you have captured majestically.

    Marias Erasmus says:

    Oh boy! Darker mane Matimba Male. You mean Hairy Belly? It doesn’t look good! What has happened to them? There other brothers in Ngala look in much better and prime condition!

    Anyway a good selection of photos.

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