At the conclusion of another memorable week at Londolozi, I look back and consider myself extremely fortunate to have witnessed such incredible sightings and to be exposed to such a fascinating environment on a daily basis.
On a personal note, this week has made me recognise and appreciate the significance of contributing to the Londolozi blog and the satisfaction it may bring to a number of people around the world. Be it repeat guests, those that follow the blog after one visit to Londolozi and those that have never had the pleasure of visiting yet, it’s an incredible thing to be able to remain connected to this amazing place. This week I have had the pleasure of driving the full spectrum of such guests. Furthermore, it brings great fulfilment to know that they constantly follow the lives of the extraordinary animals and continue to build a ‘relationship’ with them from numerous countries around the globe.
As the morning air begins to chill and the days become shorter, we have realized that winter is making its imminent approach. Misty mornings and dew-covered grasses are met with the warm rising sun penetrating through the haze, providing a somewhat mystical backdrop to this unique and dynamic landscape.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A rare sighting of African Wild dogs. Here these endangered animals obtain a vantage point on a termite mound in the hopes of finding the rest of the pack after they had split up during a hunt.
A relatively small crocodile lies in wait, hoping for an easy meal to fall into its mouth.
The Xidulu young female (foreground) stares intently at a herd of impala as her larger brother watches their mother feeding on the ground nearby. It was amazing to see all three of the leopards together again after yet another extended period of time apart.
A rare opportunity to photograph an African Scops Owl which presented itself whilst driving back to the lodge late one evening.
It is every Londolozi ranger’s dream to see the Tsalala pride resting in this beautiful Jackalberry tree which overhangs the Manyelethi river in the Northern parts of the reserve.
The infrequently seen Tatowa female climbs down from a Marula tree. This was only the fifth time I have seen this beautiful leopard in two years.
Patience paid off after waiting for a long time for this European Roller to take flight…
Dew-covered grass on a chilly misty morning as the sun began to rise provided us with an opportunity to take this unique photograph.
It is always a pleasure to see leopard cubs, no matter their age. Here, the Nkoveni female’s two beautiful cubs came down to play with their mother for a short while before scampering back into the termite mound where she is now denning them.
A magical sunset two evenings ago. The presence of a few clouds often makes for a more beautiful setting…
After climbing down from the Jackelberry tree, the Tsalala pride proceeded to walk together towards the causeway. We positioned the vehicle at the bottom of the hill hoping for an eye level photograph of them as they crested the hill.
An incredible long distance spot from Freddy Ngobeni led us to view the Tatowa female as the sun began to set.
Not too often seen at Londolozi, an African Moon moth camouflages itself in a Buffalo thorn tree.
The Xidulu young male peers back at a herd of impala alarm calling at his presence.
An opportunistic hyena takes advantage of an injured zebra, chasing it through a number of open clearings but to no avail. An open wound on the upper parts of the zebra’s front leg was suspected to be caused by a crocodile as the zebra went down to a watering hole to have a drink.
A magical morning with the Tsalala pride culminated in them crossing the Sand river at the causeway. It is something that I have wished to see since arriving at Londolozi!