I was fortunate to visit Londolozi in October 2014. Things were just beginning to green up and lambing season has not quite begun. There had recently been a big storm and clean up was underway. Our ranger was the wonderfully easy going and informative Sandros and it was the first time out for our tracker, Joy, who did a great job.
Practically the first sighting was a female cheetah. She was not very active but very relaxed and provided some great viewing. Later that week we also saw a male cheetah who was on a kill and practically waddled around, his stomach was so full! He left his meal and walked slowly, as if posing for us the whole way. We saw the female again on our last day, this time on the move. I was thrilled to see two different cats on three separate occasions.
Another highlight was seeing two of the Majingilane males together. We were the first to find Scar Nose resting and after a few minutes with him we saw Dark Mane walking towards his brother. They greeted briefly and Dark Mane joined him. Dark Mane had a large wound over his right eye as evidence of a recent conflict.
I think there is nothing more peaceful than watching a breeding herd of elephants moving quietly through the bush feeding with their youngsters. We were treated to this a couple of times.
Another great pleasure is watching young lions playing as well as seeing the close bond of the adult females. Also, visiting a hyena den to see the young juveniles playing together, was a special moment.
We saw the Big Five, along with cheetah, mating leopards, giraffe, beautiful birds, zebra, antelope, warthogs, hippos, a nursing rhino, and of course the beautiful scenery.
When you return to your camp, you are met with the most friendly and helpful people and on one occasion we were treated to a surprise bush dinner under the stars.
One afternoon, we toured the village and saw the many ways the Londolozi family help other people to help themselves.
I can’t find the words to describe the emotions of a safari trip to Africa but there are many. It makes me realise that I am but a speck in the universe and to hope that people can find a way to live in harmony without ruining Nature’s plan.
Written and Photographed by: Leslie Backus