The last few weeks at Londolozi can only be described as superb.
The recent rains coupled with the warm weather have launched the bush into summer and the sightings of the reserve’s numerous inhabitants have been nothing short of spectacular. That being said, the task of finding animals is not without its challenges and we often have to work hard in order to find the animals we’re after. Sometimes, instead of targeting a specific animal or species for a given game drive, the ranger and tracker team decide that the best option is simply to head out into the wilderness and see what the bush has to offer. Coming off the back of a few high intensity game drives, tracker Life Sibuyi and I, along with our guests, decided it was time to explore a different area and see what Londolozi would provide.
We decided to head into the north-western part of Londolozi; an area that often goes unexplored purely due to the fact that there is often so much animal activity closer to camp. Nevertheless, we found ourselves rounding a bend in the road up in the north-western section when Life stopped me suddenly. A quick check with the binoculars confirmed his suspicion: on the rocky hillside below us lay a female leopard.
The Xinzele female has been independent for a while now yet sightings of her were scarce at the beginning of the year. In the last few weeks, we have seen her in the north-west of Londolozi more often and she has even been seen mating with the Flat Rock male. It seems as though her mother has ceded territory to her, as we haven’t seen her mother (the Ingrid Dam female) for quite some time. Hopefully she decides to settle in this area, proving us with extra incentive to make explore this special corner of the reserve.