In the Week in Pictures you will notice that many of my images are taken in the Sand River or at waterholes where animals have come to drink – their predictable behaviours due to the dry weather we are experiencing. The highlight of this week was watching the Tsalala pride as they cooled off in the river, wading in and playing together in their mischievous ways. Large elephant breeding herds were seen flocking to the water creating a beautiful canvas as they gathered for a late afternoon drink. While most of my sightings are dominated by leopards, lions and elephants, we have also had sightings of smaller animals that are always enchanting to see. One such sighting was of a slender mongoose that I feature below, a very shy and solitary fella!
Enjoy your weekend and tell us what you think of the images this week – we’d love to know.
The dawn chorus ringing out we pause to watch the day begin with some zebra in the foreground.
The incredibly beautiful Nanga female.
Dark clouds provide a dramatic backdrop for this zebra foal and a sea of impala.
The causeway is a hot spot at the moment, animals are being drawn in by drying water sources.
The black tip of a slender mongoose tail is usually all that one sees before it darts into the bush. A shy solitary animal – photographic opportunities are few and far between… This is my first image of one!
A pocket of light illuminates the Piva male. The leopard is growing both in confidence and stature everyday.
A river monster.
A member of the Mhangeni pride soaks up the morning sun. A drier winter than usual could spell disaster for the resident buffalo as the pride begin to hone their skills and as cubs get bigger.
A wedge of colour.
The Tsalala pride cross the river, a sighting I have dreamt of!
Two of the playful young males
Elephants are already flocking to the river for water.
Risen from a slumber by a scent carried on the wind.
The prehistoric beauty of a rhino at sunset.
Written and photographed by Simon Smit