I’d like to start off this Week in Pictures by wishing you all a happy Youth Day 2017. This day commemorates a wave of protests started by students in 1976, that helped to undermine the Apartheid regime in South Africa. It showed the power of the youth in this country and what impact they can have when they come together for good. I would therefore like to dedicate this post to all the youth around the world who are helping in whatever form that may be. Thank you all for making our world a better place!
It has been an incredible week out here, and choosing images for this week was not an easy task. I have been sure to include some images of Londolozi’s youth to stick with today’s theme though.
With that, enjoy This Week in Pictures…
These Tsalala Brreakaway cubs have spent most of their youth on Ximpalapala Koppies, meaning we have only been viewing them at a distance. However, the other day, we were lucky enough to get an amazing view of this little one. The Tailless lioness has been doing a great job so far in raising her two male cubs and we look forward to seeing them explore more of Londolozi in the coming months.
Not something you see every day… A huge Nile crocodile treats us to a walk-by on his way back to the water.
A young Mhangeni male lion sat eye level with us long enough to capture some great detail in his eye as he watched the rest of the pride approaching.
The Mashaba female leopard watches a herd of impala nearby before disappearing back into the long grass, attempting to stalk closer. A few months ago, this grass would have been a lush green but it seems that no matter the length or colour of the grass, leopards are able to disappear in it due to their amazingly camouflaged coats.
We enjoy the end of a day and bid farewell to two new friends, namely Will Asquith and Vedant Thite from India, who recently spent a few weeks here at Londolozi.
A bateleur watches hyenas feeding on the remains of a large python. These birds are renowned scavengers and, like vultures, will often land on carcasses to feed on scraps.
A breeding herd of elephants feed on a ridge crest at dusk. With winter in full swing, these animals are now focusing their feeding on roots, cambium and leaves as the grass dries up.
The Birmingham male coalition made an appearance in the northern sections of Londolozi this week. Could they be looking to expand territory? Should they do so, it will only further confuse the already upset lion dynamics on Londolozi at the moment. Only time will tell if they continue to push south.
This week also saw the return of the Majingalane male lions into the centre of Londolozi, responding to the calls of the Avoca males, who have been sighted on Londolozi in recent times. The two coalitions did not meet up in the end though and the Majingilane headed back west without any interaction.
A Majingalane male lion on the move in the cool, early morning. An intimidating sight for any creature.
Eye level with some elephants as the crossed through the Sand River. At the time I had Londolozi legend, Lex Hes, with me, a pleasure to guide with during his stay.
One of the Tamboti female leopard’s two blue-eyed cubs, who are about eight weeks old now. This female leopard has not had good luck with previous litters and we are hoping that she is more successful with this pair.
The Tatowa female leopard shares this special moment with one of her two cubs in the early morning sunlight.