This week has been an exciting one with the lion dynamics taking a very interesting turn. Lion viewing had been somewhat thin, with the Ntsevu pride seemingly having disappeared overnight, followed shortly by the Birmingham males. The Mangheni pride and accompanying Othawa male were staying out of sight in the south-west and the Nkuhuma pride and Avoca males in the North were nowhere to be seen. Not to mention the Tsalala pride almost having faded into legend after not having been seen for weeks.
And then it all changed…
But that is a blog in and of itself and we’ll be revealing the latest lion happenings next week.
Over the rest of Londolozi and amidst the chaos of the lions, life continued on as normal (as it is wont to do), and I was fortunate enough to be out and about with my camera to witness a few of the innumerable happenings, both minor and major, that make up the days out here.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
An Ntsevu lioness finds some respite from the heat of the day in a shady spot on the road.
These two young males (Styx and Nkuhuma), although originating from two different prides, have combined forces to form a coalition. The two are inseparable and are constantly reassuring one another through physical contact.
A giraffe ambles across a golden sunset.
A pair of Hooded vultures take a load off in the comfort of a long-dead Leadwood. Hooded vultures are monogamous, and likely form pair bonds that last their whole lives.
This jumping spider settled on the leaf of a common wild fig leaf I am attempting to bonsai in my room. Fortunately it’s a tiny spider, and only looks this scary when magnified with a macro lens.
The variation in eye colour amongst leopards is captivating. The Plaque Rock female stares down at us from the safety of a Marula tree.
This Lilac-breasted roller battled to shovel down the last of a frog that it found hopping across a clearing.
A curious little rhino calf tilts its head up to better inspect us while its mother grazes nearby, completely unperturbed.
A Macrotermes bellicosus (the largest termite we get here) soldier guards the entrance to its termitary.
A White rhino bull, thoroughly muddied, continues on a territorial patrol.
A Red crested korhaan freezes in the grass just next to our vehicle, ready to bolt at any sign of danger.
The Senegal Bush male lets loose with a deep sawing roar in response to another male calling nearby. This male is now well established in central Londolozi, but things are perpetually shifting around him…
The pollen grains catching the light as this bee settled on the inflorescence (essentially the flower) of this Bushveld signal grass caught my eye and I managed to get my Macro lens on for a quick shot.
A Wild dog pack makes short work of an impala. Witnessing a pack of these animals hunt has to be one of the most exhilarating experiences the bush can offer.