Bennet Mathonsi is a man of many skills; from tracking, to carpentry, to mechanics, he has now added another to his repertoire. Wildlife photography is an art form of patience and most importantly being able to read animal behaviour. There are few people at Londolozi more talented in this regard and by using his combination of bush skills and new found photographic knowledge we are seeing Bennet’s photographs improve with each shot. Here is a selection from his portfolio that I hope you enjoy as much as we all do.
A Styx male enjoying a good groom
The Tsalala pride at one of their favourite spots: Marthly Pools
Textures of mud reflect off the wrinkled skin of this elephant while enjoying a good mud wallow
Bennet anticipated this cheetah climbing the fallen log for a good vantage point, and was therefore ready with camera poised to capture this beautiful shot
A pride of lazy lions look on unperturbed as a giraffe saunters past
A classic shot of piercing eyes, from a full maned king
A perfectly timed shot of this lioness’s tongue lapping up water as the ripples texturise the scene
A beautiful composition of a grooming leopard
Bennet used wonderful side light here to accentuate the leopard as the background recedes into darkness
A wonderful moment of lion interaction highlighting their social nature
Which is your favourite shot?
Photographed by: Bennet Mathonsi