This week, leopards and elephants have stolen the limelight, with numerous different individuals being seen over the course of the week.
Lions however have been slightly more scarce and actually do not feature at all this week. The Ntsevu Sub-adults have been seen along with the healthier Birmingham Male, as well as the Plains Camp Males have made a few appearances, however, none of these sightings provided anything photographic and of the quality to make it into TWIP this week.
The cool winter mornings provide few amazing opportunities down at the causeway while a number of hippos wallow in the Sand River. Birds feature again however not as abundantly as last week.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A playful young elephant trots through the dry river sand of the Manyeleti River.
Finding himself in a precarious position, not knowing which of his four limbs to move to try steady himself as they spread further and further apart under the Nweti Male’s weight.
The late afternoon golden light shining underneath an unusual dense layer of cloud cover, giving the scene a dramatic yet vibrant appeal.
Walking down the sandy banks of the Sand River this female elephant slipped and basically rode down on its rear end.
The Ximungwe Young Male draped over a branch of a large marula tree. He has spent a bit of time away from Londolozi, but as of last week he has been seen a number of times.
A cool, winter’s morning is realised when the breath of a hippo creates such extensive clouds of steam.
The Hosana Male on a territorial patrol as the evening light breaks through the trees.
Two Collared Sunbirds making the most of the last few flowering aloes.
A pod of hippos readying themselves to leave the sanctuary of the Sand River ahead of an evening out and about feeding.
This was my second attempt at a monochrome, low-key edit on an image of a leopard – my first being featured in a TWIP a few weeks ago. Here, the Xinzele female was positioned under a tree in which she had a hoisted kill. As is often the case, she eyed the dangling impala carcass out before effortlessly ascending the tree.
A Juvenile African Hawk-Eagle soars overhead in search of its next meal.
One of the Nkoveni Female’s cubs rests atop a mound patiently waiting for the mother to return hopefully with some good news of a fresh kill to take them across to.
An Ostrich in breeding plumage, evident in its pink shins, struts past our vehicle in the open grasslands of the reserve. Donning this he is in search of any receptive females in the hopes of mating with them.
Peaking out of the den, the wild dog pups are clearly now miniature versions of the adults, just a lot cuter.
Crossing the Sand River as the sun rises is undeniably a favourite amongst the rangers, especially in the wintertime as the colours are just that much more dramatic, I am sure you can understand why.