From our first visit to Londolozi in 2011, we have been captivated by the Londolozi leopards. While we had been briefed that the wildlife viewing would be fantastic, there was no way for us to comprehend how connected we would become with this magical place! Now after many visits, we look through the thousands of images and videos we have from all of our time there, and realize that the leopards have always been on our mind – long after we had headed home.
The guidance we have gotten from our rangers and the team at the Photography Studio have taught us so much about wildlife and nature photography over the years for sure. Our motto of “pixels are free” has kept the cameras clicking (we both have our own gear), however, we have learned to also be in the moment and understand that the sorting through our images when we get home can be quite a project!
As we have learned to keep track of our favourite leopards and lions through the Londolozi Blog (we look forward to its arrival each morning!), we have noticed that certain leopards have shown up more than others over the years. We feel like we know “our” Mashaba female so well know and hang on to our hearts each time we hear that she has cubs. Probably one of our most iconic images of her is the one from 2013 with her and her daughter the Nkoveni female. They had been arguing as mothers and daughters sometimes do, and had laid down to rest. Terri kept clicking away as their tails flicked back and forth – and presto – she captured their tails in the shape of a heart! That image became the naming inspiration for our All Heart Fund in the US which continues to support the Good Work Foundation!
In the end though, it is the people of Londolozi that keep us coming back. The magical experiences the Londolozi Family creates for lucky guests every day is truly unique – anywhere in the world!
Michael & Terri Klauber