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James Souchon

Field Guide

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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on Discovering a Leopard Den

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George Prior
Explorer

wow. stunning. excited to visit next year

Such exciting news! Please keep us posted on the events around and in the den!

James Souchon
Field Guide

We will do Christiaan!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

I adore these photos! And the area is stunning.

Hello James, it’s inspiring that the guides have all the history of the lions and leopards of Londolozi. Being able to track the lineage and linkages of individuals must be both satisfying and rewarding for you. It certainly makes for very interesting reading for us too.

Francesca Doria
Explorer

What a wonderful experience and sight! It must be special to see the Makomsava female as a cub and then to follow her own offspring. .. it’s a great privilege and thank you for sharing!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Perseverance, patience, experience = fantastic sightings. I’m so looking forward to seeing the newest members of the Londolozi leopards!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Very exciting news!!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What a nice story, James and particularly special to us. We first saw Nanga as a year-old cub in 2010, along with her mother and 2 brothers. In 2017 we spent time with her and her cub Makomsava, unnamed back then, watching them affectionately greet each other after having been separated. Now we looking forward to meeting the 3rd generation when we visit in the spring!

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Wow, this is such an exciting post! I cannot imagine how wide your eyes got, James, when you locked eyes with the leopard! 😂 Beautiful photos!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Excellent news and lovely photos!

Bridie Tane
Guest contributor

Such exciting news! Hopefully we will be able to see them when we return next year!

Lisa Antell
Explorer

Cannot wait to see these cubbies!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James – great blog today, I did see cub leopard🤗

Cally Staniland
Explorer

Ah, my wish came true, super that you have located the Makomsava cub/s. Look forward to seeing more of the family in the future. Just love the past photos bringing the whole story together. Thanks James and James ☺️🙏💕

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

James, you are making me so homesick!!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Well James that was a really nice blog. How fortunate that you all chose to have your sundowners where you did and how nice to find the den. That is a beautiful spot you were in and I don’t blame you for sitting and reflecting on the day’s happenings there. Thanks for sharing with us. Take care, be well and stay safe everyone at Londolozi.

Mama Lioness
Digital Ranger

Oh my goodness! The Tsalala cubs were precious!

Sam Lovett
Explorer

Thank you it’s good you have new leopard cubs

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Excellent news! Looking forward to pictures of the cubs

love, love, love this blog! Great job James!

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, what an amazing development! Looking forward to updates!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wonderful news. Can’t wait to see pics of the cubs.

Jean Culbertson
Explorer

What a beautiful sighting to see those cubs peering down from the rocks. It will be fun to see future sightings of them both… hopefully!

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

The intense relationship exhibited by the guides with their leopards and lions is so touching and overwhelmingly angelic.Passion for nature personified

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