I can’t believe it is that time of the year again! It’s lambing season for the beautiful Impala. Very soon little baby Impala will be running around Londolozi. In fact, just the other day, Dave Varty claimed to have seen the first one. The ranging team’s response was that if there were no pictures to prove it, it did not exist. Steenbok do look very similar to baby Impala and the two are often confused.
This year we had very early rains. Potentially, this could mean that the miraculous en masse birthing, may take place a few days earlier then last year. Traditionally 15-22 November is when it all happens. I will never forget a humid afternoon in November 2010 when I was fortunate enough to watch, from start to finish, the birth of one such lamb. It was extraordinary.
This morning, whilst out on drive we watched as three expecting females separated themselves from their herds and went off alone into the deep thickets. Moving away to deliver more miracles into this world. They tend to do it in the heat of the day, a move carefully orchestrated, in my opinion, so as to reduce the potential for predators spoiling the party.
So, the question is will any rangers, trackers and guests get lucky this year and witness one of the most moving and emotional events that the African bushveld can deliver. If you are heading to Londolozi in the next few days, then we wish you the best of luck. If, however, you are still debating about a time to head this way next year, well then maybe you should look into coinciding a visit with the annual impala birthing. You won’t be disappointed.
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister