Every now and again I need to remind myself how lucky I, in fact, am to have a job at a place like Londolozi.
I was thinking recently that, since my last post of the Tamboti Female carrying her cub, I hadn’t really seen much or had many photographic opportunities. Then a few days ago, Amy Attenborough asked if I had content for a blog. I agreed to try, in the back of my mind thinking I couldn’t possibly find content given the supposed sightings drought I had found myself in. Whist others were going through purple patches left and right, I most certainly wasn’t.
However, when I started sorting through photos from the past few months, I was somewhat embarrassed to have thought I couldn’t find enough photographic content, realising what incredible sightings I was privileged enough to have seen. I suppose that’s the only downside to an amazing sighting like a female leopard carrying her cub – you end up evaluating everything else in comparison. And the one thing that I’ve learnt in my years here is that if there’s anything that can ruin your safari, it’s comparison.
One doesn’t have to be seeing something particularly unique or even dramatic for it to be special. Simply being out there should be more than enough. The bush is the bush; some days it delivers, some days the really incredible sightings remain hidden. I’ve found that the true value of a game drive or bush experience is not to be found in what you see, but rather in what you might see. That sense of expectation that around the next corner could be something truly remarkable keeps your eyes roving, keeps you involved, and keeps you on that little endorphin high throughout.
I think the lesson is to appreciate everything for what is – one moment is not necessarily better than the other, but rather special in its own unique way. I’m thankful for that variety, as life might be somewhat boring otherwise…
The Tamboti female inhabited the south-eastern sections of Londolozi, having a large part of her territory along the Maxabene Riverbed.
A young female that lives to the east and south of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
Directly descended from the original mother leopard and therefore part of the royal lineage of Londolozi.