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Another week has gone by and what an enthralling week it has turned out to be. The continued presence of the Matimba males on Londolozi has led to much debate amongst the team as to when, and if, these big brothers will be able to take control and officially set up their territory thus formally ousting the Styx, Matshipiri and Majingilane coalitions. Large cuts and open wounds were seen on one of the Matimba males a few days ago and we have now seen their tracks crossing over the western boundary in the direction of the settled and unassuming Majingilane coalition. What are the Matimba males doing venturing so far west remains the question. Are they actively pursuing the current territory holders in one last battle for dominance? We are yet to find out…
The death of a large male hippo resulting from injuries sustained in yet another territorial battle has attracted the attention of many predators and scavengers alike. Large general game such as giraffe, wildebeest and zebra have removed themselves from the vicinity in order to escape the unpredictable interactions of various predators fighting for their chance to fill their bellies on the remains of such a large carcass.
Once again, we are not sure what is to come in the following months and that in itself makes life in the bush so fascinating and exciting to witness. Have a fantastic week and please enjoy, my Week in Pictures…
Another beautiful sunset in the African bushveld is amplified by an endangered and rare male cheetah scanning the horizon in search of potential prey. Cheetahs often use fallen over trees to gain a vantage point thus allowing them to see over the long grass in their preferred open grasslands habitats. 1/320, f4,5, ISO 800
Two male giraffe fight for dominance over a potential mate as they use their long necks in a battle for supremacy in a process known as ‘necking’. 1/5000, F5,0, ISO 800
My favourite female leopard, the Tamboti Young Female stares off into the distance as the sun catches her beautiful, shimmering coat. 1/2500, f5,6, ISO 800
An African wild dog pup glares over at the rest of the pack while it approaches a waterhole to cool itself down during the heat of the day. 1/100, f5,6, ISO 800
The Styx males absence on Londolozi has been evident upon the arrival of the Matimba Males and are now said to be seeking territory in the Kruger National Park. 1/250, f4,5, ISO 800
Tempers flare as a battle for dominance ensues between two bull elephants, exacerbated by the lack of nutritious feeding grounds. Subsequent to the rains, the large herds of elephants previously seen on the property have migrated further north. 1/500, f4,5, ISO 800
The Inyathini male seeks refuge in a tall marula tree after being chased by the wild dogs, with the setting sun lighting up his magnificent presence. 1/800, f5,6, ISO 1250
The resident female ostrich never seems to disappoint and is notorious for getting up close and personal with many of our guests. Her relaxed and friendly nature makes her a pleasant alternative when the cheetah is unable to be found in the open grasslands. 1/2000, f5,6, ISO 800
One of the Matimba Males, appropriately referred to as the hairy-belly male, copulates with a lioness from the Munghen pride. 1/2000, f4,5, ISO 800
A side-striped jackal cautiously approaches a hippo carcass, constantly aware of the presence of impending hyenas and vultures, and of course the return of the Munghen pride. 1/250, f5,0, ISO 800
I always find it fascinating sitting amongst the large herd of buffalo. Here, I was able to use the sun to cast a shadow across a female buffalo’s powerful body. 1/800, f5.6, ISO 800
After stealing this hoisted bushbuck from her daughter, the Tamboti Female cautiously feeds as the morning light penetrates through the leaves. 1/1000, F5,6, ISO 800
A spotted hyena and white-backed vultures make the most of the hippo carcass and live up to their reputation as being opportunistic scavengers. 1/250, f4,5, ISO 800
The African wild dogs are a personal favourite of mine. It is always a special and rare event witnessing the pups playful attitude whilst the adults are constantly on the lookout for a potential prey or threat. 1/6000, f5,0, ISO 1250
Three Tsalala lionesses walk purposefully over a dam wall in search of the rest of their pride. The fascinating lion dynamics continue on the Londolozi property and we will continue to see more and more exciting lion interactions in the coming months. Who knows what the future may hold… 1/500, f5,0, ISO 800
The Piva Male quenches his thirst on a hot summer morning. 1/2000, f5,6, ISO 800
Often a favourite amongst guests, this black and white image of a zebra slaking its thirst is made more distinctive by its reflection and unique stripe pattern. 1/2000, f5,0, ISO 800
One of Mashaba’s beautiful cubs glances up towards its mother and reassures itself of her presence and relative safety. 1/160, f5,6, ISO 800
A rock monitor lizard heats up slowly on a crisp, clear morning. These often shy and elusive reptiles use their external environment in order to regulate their body temperatures. 1/250, f5,6, ISO 800
Hyena numbers continue to grow due to the lack of a constant presence of dominant male lions on the property. This adorable little cub took a break from feeding whilst its sibling remained to suckle from its mother. 1/2000, f5,6, IS0 800
A male lion looks into the distance as an alarm call briefly grabs his attention. Without anything too exciting around, he was soon asleep again, resting through the mid-afternoon heat. Lions usually sleep up to 20 hours per day. 1/400, f5,6, ISO 800
A truly magnificent sighting of the African wild dogs culminated in the fading light with this adult chewing spiritedly on a stick. 1/2000, f5,6, ISO 1250
Written and Photographed by Londolozi Ranger Callum Gowar
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Growing up in Cape Town, the opposite end of South Africa from its main wildlife areas, didn't slow Callum down when embarking on his ranger training at Londolozi at the start of 2015. He had slowly begun moving north-east through the country anyway, ...