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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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Dan Hirschowitz


Dan developed his love for the African bush whilst growing up on a family run farm in the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands. Growing up in the bushveld he was surrounded by wildlife and finds his passion in what nature has to offer. After completing ...

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What an amazing sequence of photos of her climbing up the tree! Well done! Thank you.

Hi Dan! Is pink nose a trait of younger leopards or just a feature of some of them? Thank you for the pictures and well written article

12 day visit in July–can’t wait!
Freddy Ngobeni is truly masterful!

Absolutely stunning foto’s Dan of the plague rock female climbing up the marula tree. Now a person can see the agility and strength of these majestic cats. So beautiful and for them it is second nature to climb up a tree with such ease. The Nkoveni female is her mother if I am correct, and the Mashaba female is Nkoveni females mother. Hope I have the family tree right. What extra ordinary foto’ s today. Thank you so much.

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Super sighting , well worth the wait.

Some times, the hardest thing is to sit and wait – especially if time is limited or if this is the one and only time you will be able to go on safari

Lovely photos of Plaque Rock’s ascent, Dan; that was certainly well worth the wait! I totally agree about staying longer – the 1st time we came to Londo we stayed 4 nights, then 5 the year after. The next year I came for 6 nights ( on my own), and have done that duration ever since. I imagine the rangers all prefer longer stays too, as it takes the pressure off you as well? There’s always days when leopards just don’t want to be found, and the lion prides have temporarily gone awol.

I like Nkoveni and her daughter, too

You’re correct Dan in that patience and diligence are key to experiencing great moments during a safari. I’m so grateful I spent a week there and will do it again!!

Plaque Rock is worth waiting for! What a superstar cat that she has become! Loved seeing her in Aug 2019 just before her independence from Nkoveni…..Kunyuma tracked her and found her in a tree with a hoisted carcass and proceeded to steal her meal!

One of my favorite sightings, although rare, is a leopard climbing up or coming down from a tree! AMAZING! Patience is the key!

Yes, being patient with animals is so much worth it. Sometimes you come across a totally exciting, unexpected and surprising sighting – we had lots of them during my long stay at Londolozi. Sometimes it needs enough time and patience to really see something special, which also was the case during my stay , e.g. while we were watching the wild dogs one evening. We had been watching them for nearly two hours. Suddenly they made contact calls with another pack member, rushed into that direction and flashed out and hunted down a young impala in a few seconds. Just incredible sightings!

Love the pictures of the Plaque Rock female, Dan.

The shots you got of the Nkoveni female climbing the tree were fantastic. That sun was showing her golden colors beautifully. Yes, it was worth the wait.

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WOW!! .. Bootiful big kitty! 🙂 .. Love the 2nd and 3rd picture of the Leopard sitting in the tree just like a regular domesticated cat, and the one of her napping.

Certainly is worth the wait Dan… I’m still waiting to get there let alone be there to enjoy a week😁🙏🏻..but with patience this too will become a reality 😊. Fabulous photos !!

Kyle, loved 🤗

You all proved the maxim “Patience accomplishes all things!”

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