Once again I’ve been astonished by the standard of photographs captured by our team of rangers this month. If you haven’t had a chance to check out every blog, this one is your go-to post for the very best of September. These are for me the top, stand out images but you may have differing thoughts. Don’t be shy to share your opinion on who your winner for September would be in the comments section below.
One of the Nkoveni female leopard’s cubs photographed as it peers over the drying grass in search of the hoisted impala kill. Photograph by Alex Jordan
A gorgeous female who is found to the east of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
A Cape buffalo stares into the vehicle as the rest of the herd wallow in the mud. These large herds have been concentrating on the southwestern parts of Londolozi, looking forward to the coming rains and the nutritious grasses likely to grow as a result. Photograph by Callum Gowar
The sub-adult Breakaway female used the opportunity while the kudu weren’t watching, to scuttle across the Sand River. From there she aimed to position herself in a way that she could flank the unsuspecting kudu from the southern bank. Photograph by Alistair Smith
White-fronted bee-eaters are seen here dust bathing on one of the tracks of Londolozi in the late afternoon. These birds throw sand over themselves and roll in the dust to help rid themselves of parasites. Photograph by Grant Rodewijk
One of the Tsalala Breakaway pride cubs slakes its thirst in a pool in the Sand River. The angle and lighting are what make this sighting particularly special. Photograph by Alistair Smith
A relaxed dwarf mongoose peers out of a termite mound that it uses as a place of safety to evade birds of prey and other predators. Here, this dwarf mongoose was sunning itself in the early hours of the morning. Photograph by Callum Gowar
Two elephant bulls hone their skills whilst play fighting in a nearby dam. The warmer temperatures often result in elephants fully submerging themselves in water to cool down.
A startled hippo breaks cover from the reeds and lunges back towards a deeper pool. It is amazing how such a dangerous animal still feels so vulnerable when out of its aquatic habitat and is so easily startled as a result. Photograph by Fin Lawlor
One of the Nkoveni female’s cubs (the other is indistinguishable in the top right of the tree as its silhouette has merged with those of the branches) peers down to where a hyena was prowling. Photograph by James Tyrrell
The dry season along the Sand River never disappoints. As dry conditions prevail the river provides a constant source of water to quench many an animal’s thirst. Photograph by James Souchon
A young African jacana moves along the bank of the Sand River. Its enormously elongated toes enable it to wade out onto the lily pads and other aquatic plants. Photograph by James Souchon.
This Spotted eagle owl was disturbed from its daytime perch by one of the Nkoveni female’s young cubs as it tried to stalk it. Well camouflaged, these birds are rarely seen during the day, and generally only when flushed. Photograph by James Souchon
The Ndzanzeni female and her male cub slake their thirst as the morning and daytime temperatures continue to soar. As you can see from the photograph, they are very similar in size now. Photograph by Callum Gowar
This female is a success story all in herself, being born as a single cub to the Riverbank 3:3 female in early 2012.
The Nkoveni female’s cubs play a prolonged game of catch-me-if-you-can through this bare marula tree. Sadly since this photograph was taken, one of the youngsters has been killed by the Flat Rock male. Photograph by Rob Jeffery
The Ntsevu pride and one Majingilane male photographed as they attempt to bring down a buffalo. The weight and strength of the male lion was what the buffalo eventually succumbed to. Photograph by Grant Rodewijk
A flock of red-billed quelea swarm around a small pool in the Sand River, landing for just a few seconds to drink and clean themselves. There are an estimated 1,5 billion red-billed quelea on the planet. Photograph by James Tyrrell