As this week draws to a close it also marks my final week at Londolozi and I could not have asked for a better one to finish my time in the bush. Apart from some great sightings, it has allowed me to reflect on my four years at Londolozi and reminisce on some fantastic moments the bush has given me. With each sighting I had I could not help but think it might be the last time I would see that specific animal and so despite the sadness, I would mutter a silent goodbye under my breath.
We have also had a small amount of rain over the past week which has allowed for a light brush of vegetation to start breaking through. Let’s all hope that this is the beginning of some more rain to come in the following weeks. I for one will be watching closely to see what the next few weeks and years have to hold in this incredibly special place.
Thank you to everyone. This has been a truly incredible chapter in my life and I will miss this place immensely.
And with that, I hope you all enjoy my final Week in Pictures…
A simple yawn highlights the Piva male leopard’s canine weaponry.
My first sighting of the Mhangeni Pride youngsters. After gorging themselves on not one but two buffalo kills, the pride headed down to the Sand River for a well deserved drink.
Always a great subject to convert to black and white. This small dazzle made their way to a pan of water, which had formed overnight during a thunderstorm.
A Mhangeni Pride youngster curiously watching as we wait for the rest of the pride to come down to the river for a drink.
An image I have always wanted but never managed to get. This puff adder lay coiled and poised, something very typical of this species. Often they will lie in wait for some prey species to step within striking distance of them rather than actively looking for prey.
Even when resting, the adults of the Tsalala pride are watchful for a possible hunting opportunity. A youngster rests safely on one of the adults while a group of nyala walk through the Manyelethi riverbed a couple hundred yards away.
After a thunderstorm is always a great time to look for the cats as they are more often than not out re-marking their territories with the scent of their urine that was washed away in the rain. Here the Tatowa female leopard pauses briefly before continuing her morning patrol.
An Egyptian goose comes in to land after successfully chasing off an intruder.
Side light in this images portrays the elusiveness of a leopard and reminded me how lucky I have been to spend some very special moments with these cats.
Something I will carry with me going forward is the memory of waking up to birds chirping, the sense of the unknown as we head out for drive and watching the bush come to life each new day. As the days are heating up earlier and earlier, this rhino takes advantage of the cooler conditions, moving as the sun comes up.
My last sighting of the week and of my time at Londolozi was of the beautiful Ndzanzeni female leopard and her two cubs. This is an image from the first time I saw them. It was my very last sighting and I sat in awe with watery eyes at the incredible send-off the bush has given me.