The male cheetah appears to be hanging around at Londolozi. We started seeing him some months ago. At first we thought he may just pass through, but it appears he may be contemplating including Londolozi as part of his territory. Although present, this male is still exceptionally difficult to find, and often requires lots of patience, tracking, skill and a fair amount of luck. The reward however is often mind blowing. There are few animals as photogenic as this young male cheetah. When found, he seems to think it part of his responsibility, to pose for us. On termite mounds and in trees he parades around Londolozi like a ramp model; and we love him for it.
There are few animals more beautiful than the cheetah. When caught in the early morning sunlight this animal just shouts out to be looked at and photographed. Luckily for us we, as a team, have managed to find this animal more and more frequently.
Termite mounds are a favourite for the cheetah. Offering an elevated position and a good view over the surrounding grasslands.
A side profile of a cheetah shows just how ‘gentle’ and feline looking this cat is. Not an ounce of fat…built for speed.
Claws unsheathed and always at the ready. Although not lovers of trees, they do often use fallen over marula trees as a vantage point. I have even seen this male scent marking quite high up in a tree before.
You can see where this male had previoulsy scent marked (defecated) on the branches. There is an abundance of fallen trees and termite mounds at Londolozi, offering some excellent spots for this male to survey his kingdom.
My personal favorite…the eyes of this young male cheetah sparkle as he peers over the top of the mound. The shinning eyes not only reflect the sunlight but the prospect of yet another kill.
To end it off…a descent from a tree providing a bit of motion and the unexpected.
Now he just needs to find a female!
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister