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James Souchon

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James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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As sad as it is to witness, it is just as exciting to see a hunt and a succesful kill. It will be great if the two brothers stay at Londolozi.

Master Tracker

Fascinating story, with the ostriches and cheetahs there seems to an influx of plains animals

The opening photo really highlights the value of looking right into the animal’s eyes

James happy to see these two are doing well. Is it typical for Cheetahs not to eat the stomach contents?

Hi Andrew and Daniel, Yes it is fairly typical. They will usually leave the stomach contents/intestines as well as skin and some of the bigger bones such as the legs.

The raw speed of a cheetah sprint is incredible to experience. We were fortunate to see a female cheetah slowly stalking an impala herd. In a flash, the cheetah was off to chase an impala which had separated slightly from the herd, closing the gap in unbelievable time. She alerted her 2 cubs and proceeded to train them about the asphyxiation.

Londolozi is definitely a predator-rich hunting area … two packs of wildogs, 2-3 prides of lions (1 of which is 21 strong), more leopards than i can count, now cheetah, hyenas, and scavengers galore (vultures, eagles, black & silver jackals, civet cats) and I’ve lost count of the rest. Do you have any guests to see all this wondrous activity? What is lockdown like there? Did some staff get locked in and others stuck at home? How do you get food shipments? How do you keep everyone from going crazy???

Yes how

Hi Bob and Lucie, we are very fortunate to be in an area known for its high density of predators. One of the reasons for this is the Sand river which provides water all year round. This keeps animals in the area as there is enough food and water to see them through the dry winter season. During this time we have scaled things right down in terms of normal lodge operations and it certainly is a lot quieter (people-wise that is) We are still able to get deliveries in to the lodge so that’s no problem. We are very lucky to have the bush and all these amazing sightings to keep us from going crazy! Thanks so much for your message.

Excellent to hear the Cheetah viewing is still steady!

This is very encouraging news for these two. Wishing them the best as they endeavor to establish a territory of their own.

We were fortunate enough to see a mother cheetah (blinded in one eye) and her two cubs during our stay at Londolozi.
They are truly amazing animals!

Speed, agility, intelligence, beauty define a cheetah in my opinion. It is heartening to know a few cheetahs have seemingly set up residence in your plains region, making great viewing. I’m hoping they will make a home there and not wander off in search of a female with whom they can mate. Cover photo is stunning/ those eyes say it all!!

I always sympathise with prey (impala in the case) but I must admit I am relieved to see that the brothers are able to hunt and survive. Cheetah definitely are among my favorite predators on a visit lost!

Senior Digital Ranger

What a sight to see and what an amazing animal. Truly hope these brothers can stick together and find a territory to make their own.
Somehow you always seem to be at the right place at the right time! Thanks for great photos…

James, wonderful blog today, the cheetahs were along, and they caught Impala🤗

Good storytelling, James! I could see them take off after the impala and picture the takedown in the puff of dust. If reminded me of a similar time at Ruaha- exciting!

Very cool! Great that they had enough time without bother to get fed well.

Great sighting James! Reminded us us the perfect pair we saw with you when you when we were at Phinda! There were two that sat next to each other and struck the perfect pose – it’s on our wall! The hunt for the kill must have been wild!

Thanks Michael and Terri, I remember that morning well. It had been raining quite a bit before! Hope you are both well.

Digital Ranger

Always nice to see Cheetahs with full belly

Why did they leave the stomach contents behind and is it unusual for them to leave the stomach contents behind?

Thank you so much James Souchon!!!! Best story yet!!!!!!

Cheetahs are my favourite animals!!!!!!

Oh yes and I forgot to say that the look in the cheetahs eyes in the first picture is absolutely wonderful

And it is always nice to see cheetahs, my favourite animal, with a full belly and hopefully these males will be at londolozi for years to come and you will see some more fabulous hunts like that one!!!

Senior Digital Ranger

best regards from Antwerpen !

What a fantastic sighting! – great that they’re able to fend for themselves. I hope they stay around.

Another fantastic story to make our mouths drool!! So thrilled they are sticking around and perhaps with this renewed confidence and, as yet, no competition they will stick around on Londolozi till we can all get there to enjoy them personally 🙏🏻💕. Super shots James

Wonderful pics and a well written article to go with them, James. Very well done! Can we have some more please? Wendy M

It is always exciting to see cheetahs! I hope they hang around!

Senior Digital Ranger

lovely cheetah write up , very well presented and an interesting piece

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