It was a mixed week, with some quiet days of leopard behaviour. My absolute top sighting was all four of the Majingilane emerging from out of the mist to cross the Causeway one behind the other. Ok I’m cheating a bit as this was a little over a week ago, but I haven’t had a chance to include the pics until now.
The Mashaba female is alive and well, and although she doesn’t feature in this week’s TWIP, she was found on a kill the day before yesterday, not far from the airstrip, in good health.
The Tsalala pride killed a kudu in the middle of the day in front of Tree Camp, and the female cheetah was doing her thing on the clearings nearby.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The cloudy day may have pushed the pride to remain active, hunting well into the afternoon, this time successfully.
The Tsalala Pride tuck into their kudu meal while Mike Sutherland and excited Londolozi Staff look on.
One of the lionesses gazes back towards the kill after moving off for a drink of water.
An angry snarl from an angry cub.
Can anyone identify this very giraffe-like critter?
One of the Nanga cubs nervously eyes the vehicle from the thickets. This was the first time the cubs had been taken to a kill as far as we know, and encountering a vehicle when down from the safety of the koppies was a new experience for them.
The most powerful force in the Sabi Sands cross the causeway.
The Hip-scar male, for once leading the coalition, was the first to cross, followed by the Dark-maned male on the right of the picture.
The male with the missing canine brought up the rear.
The coalition begins to settle on Fluffies clearing. They had probably marched in excess of 20km the night before, so were justifiably tired.
The female cheetah scans for a last hunting opportunity in the evening light while a mother white rhino and her calf graze below.
A young elephant squirts water playfully while watched by a hippo bull.
Sean Cresswell, Foster Masiye and guests enjoy a walk-by from a breeding herd in the evening light.
Another, far larger, breeding herd crosses the Sand RIver during the heat of the day, pausing to drink on their way through.
My top photo of the week. Three adult leopards, side-by-side. From front; Tamboti female, Tu Tones male, Camp pan male.
Photographed by James Tyrrell