As Christmas is about to break here at Londolozi Game Reserve, I thought I would just post a couple of the pictures I have managed to capture in the last two weeks. The bush is alive and magnificent and I am so happy to be working here at this time. Whilst the rest of the world heads off on holiday attempting to take a break from their everyday routine I, and the other rangers, remain behind…and we LOVE it! Christmas in the bush is a very rewarding, entertaining and peaceful place. I would not trade it for the world! This year has been wonderful to me and I’m sure that 2013 will prove just as compelling, challenging and rewarding. I want to wish all the blog followers a Merry Christmas and thank you all for your support over the last year. Your comments and enthusiasm have kept me motivated to keep photographing, filming and writing. Merry Christmas – Adam Bannister
The flowers at this time of the year are wonderful. Here you can see a beautiful Flame Lilly in all its glory.
One of the young Ximpalapala Leopards sits patiently in the fork of a large Jackalberry tree on the banks of the Manyeleti River
Love is in the air – The younger Tailless Tsalala lioness jumps away from the Scar Nose Majingilane split seconds after a successful mating
The Mashaba Female manages to kill a baby warthog. She was forced to climb a tree, with the piglet still alive in her mouth, as the mother warthog bravely chased her away from the rest of her family
One of the new male leopards we have started seeing in the southern regions of Londolozi
Even though we were not able to locate this animal…a fresh track was all I needed to keep me motivated that maybe 2013 will be the year I finally see an Aardvark!
The two sub-adults from the Tsalala Pride after they had just been chased into the Sand River by the Golden Mane Majingilane Male
A dazzle of Zebra gathers at a watering hole during the mid day heat
This is the best month of the year to spend time with the various wildebeest herds at Londolozi. Little ones are so cute
The Ximpalapala 3:4 Young Female takes a break from the heat. The long grass and the high temperatures has meant that the leopards spend increasing amount of time in the trees.
The Golden Mane Majingilane
The early morning soft light makes this male lions movements all that more dramatic.
Tsalala Young Male. At seven and a half years old this male is starting to look very large and impressive.
December has been a truly magical time for photographers here at Londolozi.
Finding a cheetah just minutes before the sun sets is one of the best pieces of theatre that the bush can provide.
Fiery eyes march into 2013…
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister