The game viewing at Londolozi has been nothing short of spectacular these last few weeks. We have been visited by at least two different wild dog packs and the leopards have been doing their usual thing, but the really huge news was the discovery of a female cheetah with two cubs. Reports have been filtering in over the last while that they have been near our North-east boundary, but it took a few weeks for them to break the surface on Londolozi itself.
Next week should be a bumper week in which we profile some of the more exciting incidents on Londolozi, but for now, enjoy this week in pictures…
The mother cheetah and one of her cubs in a playful mood. f3.2, 1/500s, ISO 320
The standard cheetah-on-fallen-log photo, but this time with a difference. Look beneath the fallen trunk… f6.3, 1/500, ISO 320
I held my breath as the mother cheetah and her cubs steadily approached this cluster of boulders. One by one they hopped up, and I only wish I had had a wider angle lens to take in more of the scene! f9.0, 1/124, ISO 100
With its mother close behind it, an elephant calf tests our scent from the long grass. One of two little calves we believe to be twins, these youngsters could scarcely be seen as the grass was much higher than their little frames. f2.8, 1/200s, ISO 640
The Mashaba female and cub. f4.5, 1/200s, ISO 320
The cub of the Mashaba female leopard, wonderfully relaxed around vehicles these days, saunters casually towards us. f5, 1/400s, ISO 160
A spotted hyena. Often misunderstood and certainly mis-portrayed in many popular animated films, hyenas are fascinating creatures with a highly complex social structure. f4.5, 1/1600, ISO 320
A wild dog warily passes two zebras. Zebras have a potentially lethal kick and the wild dogs had fed on two impala on this morning, so neither side interfered much with the other… f3.5, 1/500, ISO 640.
This pack is relatively unknown to us, but is occasionally seen in our northern areas. This female with her blue eye is unmistakeable. f4, 1/400s, ISO 640
A Sparta pride cub sharpens its claws on a fallen marula tree. All the cubs had a go sharpening their claws on this same tree, and as one can see, the claws already look lethal! f2.8, 1/125s, ISO 6400
A large male warthog, minus part of his tail, watches over his sounder while some wildebeest file past in the background. f6.3, 1/400, ISO 500
Two wildebeest bulls chase each other around Fluffies clearing. The pursuit lasted for over 15 minutes, with both males reduced to an exhausted trot by the end. f4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 320
A Verraux’s eagle owl on a rainy morning at Londolozi. Usually well concealed in the dense canopy of a riparian tree by sunrise, it was very special to see this one right out in the open. f2.8, 1/640, ISO 1000
A marula tree festooned with vultures near the site where the mother cheetah and her cubs were feeding on an impala kill. f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 320
The newest edition to the Tsalala pride. This tiny, tiny cub is barely a few weeks old, and is dwarfed by its aunt as it totters around the sandy Manyelethi riverbed. f3.2, 1/1250, ISO 100
The little cub again, isolated from its mother, yawns while it rolls around in the sand. f3.5, 1/1000s, ISO 160
Photographed by James Tyrrell
She does have a tail, was just by chance that it is not seen in the photo’s!
Hope you are well!