Whilst sitting under the Jackalberry Tree in the staff village one evening, after a very creative and fun-filled day with guests, I reflected on the mind-blowing photographs that I had seen over the last couple of weeks. It made me think what a pity it is that I am one of very few staff members at Londolozi that gets to see what great photographs the guests are capturing whilst out on safari. It dawned on me, why not display some of these on the blog for everyone to see. I was puzzled as to what would be the best way to do this, when it dawned on me: a competition! A friendly one that is, where I select a couple of the best shots that I have seen over the past few weeks and you, our avid blog readers, get to select which of the pictures you believe is best.
In no particular order, here are the guest shots which I believe have really captured the amazing wildlife we see here at Londolozi over the past two months…
The Golden Hour is aptly named, both for the literal golden light that softly illuminates everything, and because of the value of being out at this time in the bush. A leopard seated in backlit grass doesn’t hurt either. Photograph by Glenn Stevens
A unique photographic opportunity presents itself as the Nanga female hopped up on a fallen log with Granite Camp visible in the background. Photograph by Glenn Stevens
Two young elephant bulls engage in some play in one of Londolozi’s waterholes. With water temperatures and levels both dropping as we approach winter, we won’t be seeing too much more of elephants immersing themselves for awhile. Photograph by Ingjerd
The Nkoveni cubs waiting patiently for their mother to return. This photograph is one of my best, as it there is beautiful light catching the back of the standing cub. Photograph by Ingjerd
Tsalala cubs perfectly positioned in between the branches of a Jackalberry tree. This shot not only caught my eye because of the natural framing of the tree, but it also shows the true playfulness of lion cubs. Photograph by Al Kaiser
A male giant kingfisher waits for a fish to rise next to the Sand River. The male of the species can be easily identified by his rufous chest, whereas the female has a rufous belly. Photograph by Al Kaiser
A tender moment between mother and calf. Elephants are highly social animals for whom tactile communication plays a vital role. Nowhere is this more evident than between cows and their young calves.Photograph by Rainer
The Xidulu young male with a young banded mongoose he had just caught. Young leopards (this male is roughly one year old) hone their hunting skills on smaller prey such as mongooses and birds before graduating to bigger prey like impala, although a year-old leopard is certainly capable of tackling animals far bigger than itself. Photograph by Mary Beth Wheeler
A southern ground hornbill silhouetted against the evening sky. These highly endangered birds are becoming more and more infrequently seen across their range, but thankfully their population in the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park is relatively healthy. Photograph by Mary Beth Wheeler
The Nanga female shows her sharp canines and rough tongue as she yawns. Leopards and indeed other big cats often yawn when getting active; a sign to look for when waiting patiently for them to start moving. Photograph by Rainer
With photography forming a major part of the bush experience these days, and the Londolozi studio booming, many more amazing photos I’m sure will be crossing my desk in the future. If you are interested in having your photos from Londolozi displayed on our blog, or have a story to tell please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.