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Simon Smit joined the Londolozi team at the beginning of the year, and is already turning heads with some of his photos. In fact pretty much all of his photos. I’m sure many of our regular readers would have noticed his name popping up once or twice over the last few weeks. Look out for more of his photos and writing as he becomes a more regular contributor to the Londolozi blog.
For now, enjoy Simon’s first full portfolio in The Week in Pictures…
This young elephant walks towards us as the sunrise illuminates the sky.
Mantombi Dam on a breathless autumn morning.
Day dreaming. Some time spent with the vervet monkeys around camp as they rest from the midday heat.
The Marthly Male on the move, he eventually found the Mashaba female and stole her fresh impala kill.
The Marthly Male stopping for a drink before carrying on with his territorial march.
The Marthly male in the same sighting.
The Mangheni cubs quenching their thirst.
Lucien Beaumont and his guests enjoy a morning with the Mangheni Pride.
The morning light falls across an elephant bull’s face as he eyes out the vehicle on his way past.
A bark spider sets itself up for the evening and begins the long wait for its first victim.
The Tamboti young female stalks francolin in the Maxabeni River.
The Tamboti young female doesn’t take any chances as she crosses the trickle in the Maxabeni river.
The men behind the sightings, two of Londolozi’s finest trackers, Richard Siwela and Freddy Ngobeni, take a rest after tracking the Tamboti female and her cub.
A vervet monkey yawns as it relaxes on the limb of a tree.
Some interesting shapes and colour from a slow shutter speed of the vulture coming in to roost for the evening.
A sighting I have dreamt of for years, elephants crossing the Sand river. This young bull looks to be enjoying it as much as I did.
Photographed by Simon Smit
Do you have a favourite from the above images? Share your thoughts below, we’d love to hear them.
Simon boasts almost five years of guiding, two of them at Londolozi. His photographic work was already catching the eye of the team here for a long time before he joined the reserve, and he was asked to contribute to the blog literally ...