Tracker, Bennet Mathonsi, is known as one of the most passionate individuals amongst the Londolozi family. Everything he does is done at 150% and there are no half measures. He has a connection to the bush that runs deeper than most of us can imagine and with that he is able to understand and interpret an animals behaviour. This ability is key in wildlife photography and is why he has a natural talent for taking some superb pictures. Today, he has shared with us some of his best images from the last few months…
An amusing expression on one of the Tsalala females, taken just after a big yawn.
The Dark-maned Majingilane has been known to be one of the most affectionate male lions towards his young. Usually the males don’t have anything to do with the cubs and can often show animosity towards them. Bennet managed to capture a tender moment here.
An elephant grazing in the winter afternoon sun.
At Londolozi, it is not unlikely for a leopard to walk right past the vehicle without even bothering about who might be staring down at them. This can be incredibly nerve wracking and there are not many of these moments captured on camera due to the nerves. Bennet, was obviously able to read the situation and knew that the cub would not be worried about him taking this shot and gave a little look into the camera.
Last week James Tyrrell mentioned that the cheetahs might be back, although this photograph was taken when they were being seen more regularly, keep a close eye on next week as there have been some whispers amongst the ranging team regarding a more frequent sighting!
A side-striped jackal attempting to scavenge off this kudu carcass in the hope of not being chased off by the vultures. The kill was made by the Sparta pride and they had moved off by this stage which the jackal would’ve made sure of before getting involved.
The wild dog pack have been seen on and off for a while now and the excitement is palpable when they are on the property. They are possibly one of the more difficult animals to get a good picture of as they are constantly moving around. Bennet took the opportunity at the perfect time here to take the shot!
Motherly love is seen as mother and cub play. These games are often the mothers way of preparing her cub to hunt alone and be solitary.
On the prowl, leopards will walk their territory, scent marking and making sure that there are no competitors attempting a take over.
I know my favourite, which is yours?
Photographed by Bennet Mathonsi