Our regular Week in Pictures photographer, Talley Smith, has been on a break for the last few weeks and hence we thought it was only fitting to ask her father to present us with a post in her absence. Henry Smith is a regular visitor to Londolozi and an outstanding photographer as you will see from his images below. He recently spent a bit of time photographing both the iconic and intricate species of the African bush and we feel very honored to showcase his work Enjoy this week in pictures…
We spent our first evening drive with the lions, starting with the very handsome Dark-Maned Majingilane (followed by a sighting of an impressive Martial Eagle) and, not much later, we came across the Sparta Pride, who were having a nice nap (all but the cubs, who were too busy climbing fallen trees) before eventually being joined by a couple of the Majingilanes and wandering off to hunt in the early evening, leaving the cubs in the care of one of the lionesses:
We then spent several days bouncing from sighting to sighting, almost as if the animals were lining up waiting to see us, particularly the leopards: the Dudley Riverbank Female and her cub; the Ximpalapala Female and her 3 cubs; the Tugwaan Male; the Vomba Female and her cub; the Nottens Female; the Maxabene 3:3 Young Male; the Camp Pan Male; and, on our last drive (thanks to determined tracking by Freddy, assisted by Dean, who had joined us for the drive) a fleeting glimpse of the Mashaba Female and her cub.
My favorite leopard sighting, though, was of the Ximpalapala cubs: when we drove up to them, we wondered why they were all up in the trees, and we soon found out why. One of them decided to come down but had barely touched the ground before scrambling madly back up to safety, having encountered a rather large hyena!
My other favorite sightings were the beautiful male cheetah on a kill:
and a Pied Kingfisher fishing in the pond (unfortunately, I missed the actual splash:)
As you know, I love the birds, and I saw plenty on this visit:
And, as for the larger and smaller animals:
Written and Photographed by: Henry Smith (Londolozi Guest)