“Like the seaweeds that cling to each other after each passing boat separates them, so too a family will come together with the passing of each crisis” Indonesian Proverb
2020 held something so different for each of us but one thing that stuck out for me is that it brought a lot of people closer together. Here at Londolozi I have seen an industry that has been affected immensely by the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing prevailed; a family that has remained together. I witnessed this not only within the Londolozi family but within my own family, guests I have driven recently and the friends I surround myself with. I think if we all take a close look at the people around us, this is quite apparent.
A sense of Ubuntu.
I am, because you are. In fact, the word ubuntu is just part of the Zulu phrase “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”, which translates to a person is a person through other people.
As I wish all our blog readers a Happy New Year, I applaud every single person on showing a sense of ubuntu in tackling 2020.
I like to think wildlife creates a sense of ubuntu, a sense of belonging and a sense of enjoyment. As we all look forward to an optimistic 2021, I hope these images kick start that off for all of you.
Heres to the memories of my final week 0f 2020 and the beginning of TWIP’s 2021.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
I had to capture this, as one of the Birmingham male lions evidently roars to mark his and his brother’s territory whilst a dazzle of zebra observe from a safe distance.
We have had some of the most impressive sunsets lately, after some stormy days. Here a white-backed vulture sets the perfect seen as the sun slowly descends to the plains below.
It is always a great time of the year to watch impala lambs as they energetically run around their mothers.
The Xinzele females stares intensely into the distance as she uses the shade of a marula tree to rest on a hot summer’s afternoon.
I think this image is my favourite image of 2020; we all waited patiently for the moon to rise into the perfect position to capture this Lappet-faced vulture against the night sky.
A bull elephant feeds slowly on the fringes of the airstrip, passing a giraffe that was staring into the distance which eventually helped us in finding a leopard that morning.
Recently a large herd of buffalo has been spending time in the south-western parts of Londolozi, where we – and they – are seeing green grass and lots of filled water sources.
Crossing the Causeway is one one of my favourite things; the birding activity is always plentiful, Yellow-billed storks and Hamerkops fill the path in front of you whilst you are scanning for any crocodiles trying to catch fish in the flowing waters.
After surprising us with quickly stalking and killing a scrub hare, this female leopard had to drag it up tree as hyenas came to investigate its distress calls.
A zebra scans the plains around him; being in an open area like this can be a massive safety net for zebra as they are able to hear and see if any predator is around.
A silhouetted giraffe scans the surrounds as the nights sky slowly draws closer.
After a stormy night during which we presume this wildebeest died of natural causes, hyenas and vultures filled Londolozi airstrip with every scavenger trying to get their share.
Although the oldest leopard on Londolozi, the Mashaba female still provides some of the best viewing; here she looks out after dragging an impala lamb up a tree.
With filled pans around the reserve, many hippo bulls have taken to resting in them for the day before they go off to feed at night.
One of the Ntsevu pride has a drink at a pan before contact calling to the other females. The dynamics of the pride are somewhat in flux at the moment but rather interesting to observe as the older cubs reach independence.
A slight flick of the tail against the contrasting bark of a marula tree where this leopard lay up on a hot afternoon.
A Vervet monkey enjoying the lush green leaves of a buffalo thorn tree.
After chasing a herd of impala, a pack of wild dogs cooled off in a pan before finding some shade to rest during the midday heat.
My guests and I waited patiently for the Xinzele female to descend a tree; watching leopards go up and down a tree trunk is one of the most incredible sightings but patience is often needed. It’s always worth the wait.
Red-billed Oxpeckers feed on ticks and parasites from the face of a female giraffe.
One of the local packs of wild dogs cautiously scans the water’s edge before drinking as the night draws close.
The impressive Othawa Male watches a herd of wildebeest.
We only see about three pairs of these birds around Londolozi; a pleasant surprise between the months of September and April. The broad-billed Roller.