The sound of the rut cuts the silence of the now cooling autumn mornings. Our ears prick up, as do those of any carnivore big enough to take advantage of the lapse of concentration. Clashing impala horns and a roar more suited to a large feline are a constant. Gaurds are dropped as raging hormones fuel the insatiable need for dominance and the will to further the species. The most weary antelope suddenly becomes one of the most vulnerable over these short few weeks, and also becomes the most predated species in the bush at the moment.
Other than all the exciting predatory activity taking place around the equally riveting impala rut, there has been some incredible soft winter light splashing gold over the bush, igniting the untimely fresh shoots and warming the cool winter mornings. As we take it all in here is our share of the Week in Pictures, ENJOY!
The week comes to an end for us but there is no end to the struggle for survival out here. Any image that catches your eye in particular?
Written and photographed by Simon Smit, Londolozi Ranger