Long- standing guest, Tony Goldman recently made a return trip to Londolozi and captured some incredible photographs during his stay. He has submitted stunning photographs in the past and this selection is no different. Thank you for sharing your journey with us Tony. Enjoy the plethora of mammal and bird species he saw here!
The Mashaba young female leopard rests in the boughs of a tree with an impala kill stashed nearby. The two leopards spent a few days in the area feeding on the carcass, allowing us some amazing photographic opportunities.
A slightly different angle on the legs of the Mashaba young female leopard. It always amazes me how comfortable these animals can make any resting spot look.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
A zebra foal hugs close to its mother’s side as the herd moves together. Apart from their much smaller size, the youngsters also have a very obvious longer, brown, down-like coat than the adults.
A scarlet-chested sunbird perches momentarily on an aloe. With a bit of patience you can get really close to the sunbirds that inundate the aloes at this time of the year, allowing for some pretty spectacular photographic opportunities.
A white-throated robin-chat rests in the arm of an aloe. These birds will often bath or drink in the water that catches in these plants.
One of the Tsalala lionesses scans the surrounds from the boulders at Marthly Pools in the Manyaleti River. Having young cubs, this female has to be more alert than normal to ensure the area is safe from other predators.
A Tsalala lioness grooms one of her cubs while the other wanders off ahead of them. She keeps an eye on the other cub to make sure it stays within view.
Two of the lion cubs scramble and play at the den site. The boulders, trees, sandy riverbed and fallen branches make it an ideal place to explore.
Two white-faced whistling ducks stand together in a shallow pool. I love this photograph for the symmetry that they created.
Three waterbuck head towards some water for an afternoon drink. These antelope are unmistakable for the obvious white rings that they have on their backsides.
A marabou stork perches on a dead tree at dusk. These giant, ungainly birds are not what are typically considered beautiful but I find them really interesting birds to look at.
A white-bellied sunbird feeds from an Aloe chabaudii. During the winter months, these plants are one of the best sources of food and can be found with copious sunbirds on them throughout the day.
The Mashaba female leopard feeds on an impala kill she made. Both her and her youngster fed on this carcass for a few days, allowing us the opportunity to see them a few times.
The Mashaba female is currently Londolozi’s best known leopard. Her relaxed nature means she is comfortable around the camps and vehicles.
In between feeding, the pair also had bouts of play. It really is so much fun spending time with them and getting to see them interact.
A group of red-billed ox peckers come in to land on the neck of a giraffe. If you look closely you will see the amount of ticks sitting behind the giraffe’s ears and these birds help to remove these and other parasites.
A young hyena cub is roughed up by its older cousin. Because different females raise their youngsters in the same den site, related cubs of various ages will grow up together.
A white-crested helmet-shrike takes a moment of rest on a branch. These birds live in small groups and will be found moving about and feeding together.
A female bushbuck feeds on the vegetation in camp. Because the gardens still receive some water, the browse is of a better quality, drawing in many antelope right to our doorstep.
A little bee-eater perches, scanning for an unsuspecting insect to fly by. This is the only bee-eater that doesn’t migrate and can be found at Londolozi all year round.
A dark-capped bulbul baths itself in a small pool of water. Birds will do this in water or dust to clean themselves off and rid themselves of parasites.
A gorgeous sunset over the open areas of Londolozi that we have come to love so much. Watching scenes like this with a gin and tonic in hand and amongst friends is an incredibly special part of being on safari.