After a heat wave of temperatures reaching the high thirties, it has been a chilly last few days with strong winds and far cooler temperatures. This made game viewing difficult as fresh tracks were blown over by the dust and many animals retreated to the thickets to lie low. Despite it being windy and cool conditions, it meant the ranging and tracking team needed to work that much harder to find what we were looking for. Highlights this last week were that of the Ntsevu pride feeding on a giraffe calf, multiple leopards on hoisted kills and a few good cheetah sightings, which is always very special as these elusive cats are few and far between. Enjoy the following images showcasing this last week.
Enjoy the week in pictures…
The hyena den in the northern parts of Londolozi has been a big highlight. At times there are around nine little cubs, all of which are roughly the same age of a couple months. Soon they will be getting their spots and resembling the same pattern as their mothers.
The Mashaba female continues to move through large parts of Londolozi. As all leopards are territorial, we can usually predict which individuals we may see in certain areas. This hasn’t been the case with this female leopard as she covers huge distances, often venturing into the territories of other females.
The Mashaba female is currently Londolozi’s best-known leopard. Her relaxed nature means she is comfortable around the vehicles.
The cubs of the Ntsevu pride are growing fast, many of which are males. It is now evident that their manes are developing and only a matter of time before the pride will be a formidable force as the cubs begin partaking in hunts.
A sea of horns. A large herd of buffalo enjoy the warmth on a cool windy morning. Buffalo cover fast distances in search of better grazing and have not frequented Londolozi that often over the last week yet they provide a mass spectacle when such opportunity does arise.
A low angle shot of a white rhino bull as it moves off after a cooling mud bath on one of the hot days this last week.
The Hosana male has been seen a fair number of times in the northern parts of Londolozi and has been very successful in hunting and hoisting meals. This last week he had not one but two impala hoisted in the same tree.
The Hosana Male arrived in mid-2018 and is now dominant over Othawa, rarely seen on Londolozi's western boundary.
Dust and cool winter mornings cover the landscape in jaw dropping orange hues. A young zebra walks across a dusty clearing as the warming sunlight illuminates its mane.
A young male and female cheetah have been frequenting Londolozi this last week and have been covering last distances. Still young, yet successful, what will the future hold for them?
A white-backed vulture sits atop a dead tree. Notice the full crop. White-backed vultures are known to hold up to 1.5kg of meat in this crop. This allows them to quickly feed and then digest later.
A grey heron caught in mid flight. If one meanders along the river or water holes you are likely to find these successful water birds.
Early morning sunlight burns off the cool air. The Ndzanzeni female climbs a fallen over marula tree to look back at the distant call of the Inyathini male leopard.
This female is a success story all in herself, being born as a single cub to the Riverbank 3:3 female in early 2012.
A family of banded mongooses scratch through the grass and leaf litter in search of any insects. These larger mongooses can be very entertaining to watch as they swarm through the area looking for food.
Stripes of mother and foal. Notice how a zebra’s coat changes through time and as it ages.
With it’s mother in close proximity, elephant calves often come running toward the vehicle with ears and trunk out in an act of intimidation before running back to the safe confines of mom.