Coming to the end of another month, it is once again time to reflect on what’s happened over the past four or so weeks, reminiscing about what has happened in the bush and imagining what September may bring.
Although photography is a relatively subjective pursuit, with many varying opinions on what may or may not make a good picture, the following were, we feel, the most striking images of August.
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. Photograph by Londolozi Guest, Tony Goldman
Dave Strachan enjoying a sighting of a Matimba male and a Mhangeni breakaway female. Photograph by Don Heyneke
A Golden-tailed Woodpecker creates a cloud of dust as it taps away at the branch of a tree, foraging for food. Photograph by Amanda Ritchie
A hippo yawns in gorgeous evening light. Both the low angle as well as warm, rich light make this photograph what it is. Photograph by Don Heyneke
A brief clear view of the Nhlanguleni female leopard’s cub that Shaun D’araujo, Elmon Mhlongo and the guests had for a few moments after the young leopard scampered back up the tree away from a pair of lions. A highlight of these guests’ safari, this moment is one that they say will remained etched in their memories for many years to come. Photograph by Londolozi Guest, Caroline Delafield
A baboon awakens as the sun begins to rise. The males have incredibly large canines that they use both for fighting other male baboons as well as for eating meat, which makes up a portion of their diet. Photograph by Don Heyneke
A collared sunbird feeds from an Aloe marlothii situated in the camp gardens. Despite the bush looking rather dry and drab at the moment, the aloes are all in full bloom, splashing bright reds, oranges and yellows throughout the bush, drawing all manner of life to their flowers. Photograph by Amy Attenborough
All five of the Tsalala cubs are still as energetic as ever and enjoying the confines of the Sand River. Photograph by Don Heyneke
A portion of the Mhangeni Pride look towards a herd of wildebeest feeding nearby. There has been much activity with this pride recently with portions of it splitting and rejoining. For more information click here. Photograph by Callum Gowar
One of the most exciting updates from this month was the arrival of two new male ostriches onto Londolozi. Here one of the males pursues the female, the red patches of skin on his shins showing that he is ready to mate. Photograph by Andrea Sithole.
A long exposure taken of the Milky Way. The clear winter’s evenings provide the perfect conditions for night time photography. Photograph by David Dampier
Photographs by Don Heyneke, Amy Attenborough, Amanda Ritchie, Callum Gowar, Andreas Sithole, David Dampier, Tony Goldman and Caroline Delafield