My wife Marise and I were very fortunate to visit Londolozi again in the middle of May this year. We try to visit every year, with our last trip being just before everything shut down in March 2020, preventing us from travelling during the entire year at all. Once we were able to get the vaccine it was a game-changer. We booked and were on our way. On this particular trip, we travelled with our friends Dan and Adele Harlacher who have also visited Londolozi on more than 10 occasions.
It was also comforting to know that everyone on the long flights had received a recent negative Covid test. We all felt very comfortable with reference to the Covid precautions and just about everything we did was outdoors. It was extra special being back in the bush after such a difficult year for everyone.
The process for obtaining the needed Covid PCR test before returning home was handled in an exceptional way by all the Londolozi staff. Especially obtaining a hard copy of the PCR results in a timely fashion prior to departure. Our return flight to the US was cancelled at the last minute and we had to change the time of the PCR test for the new flight, no problem for the Londolozi staff who made it all happen. Of course, the visit to Londolozi was fantastic as usual with outstanding big cat viewings, amazing birds and marvellous service. We are ready to come back as soon as we can.
Enjoy my Week in Pictures…
The Xinzele Female is now one of the regular leopards we see in the northern parts of the reserve.
How is it that lions, leopards, or any wild animal make sleeping on the ground look so comfortable?
What turns out to be a fairly common bird at Londolozi, doesn’t lack in its magnificent appearance. This Lilac Breasted Roller was perfectly lit up by the most gorgeous golden light.
The Plaque Rock Female resting on a termite mound, now becoming well established in the eastern parts of Londolozi she has turned out to be a very successful young female.
An impressive bird and one that we don’t often see at Londolozi, the Secretarybird. The bright contrasting orange and yellow of the face against the dull grey and black of the body makes this bird stand out, especially when having a look up close.
The Senegal Bush Male is known to walk some serious distances during the day, we were lucky to spend some time with him while he was going about just as the sun was setting.
While both out of the cold water resting on the bank, a young hippo approaches a little too close to an enormous crocodile. The crocodile didn’t quite like this and lashed out at the hippo. Thankfully, crocodiles are not that quick when out of the water and so the young hippo got away scot-free.
The Nhlanguleni female was on hot pursuit of the Senegal Bush Male while he moved on after a bout of mating.
The stunning, bright colouration of a Little Bee-eater.
Glancing back over his shoulder they have their eyes fixated on a herd of impala on a crest in the distance.
Red-capped Robin-Chat up close. These birds are renowned for their melodious call throughout the winter.
A male Small Orange Acraea butterfly resting on a dead leaf, the colours are exquisite.
Amazing the colours of the aloes against the iridescent blue and green of the White-bellied Sunbird.
A cute lion cub yawning.
A bird’s bill is perfectly designed to accommodate their diet, in the case of Red-billed Firefinches who are seed eaters, they have a short conical bill that is designed to crack open the seeds helping start the digestion process.
Monochrome images of zebras are my favourite.
Scarlet-chested Sunbirds are magnificent with the bright colours contrasting against the dark black body.
A tender moment between a tiny lion cub and its mother.
A mother cheetah and her sub-adult male resting on a termite mound scanning the surroundings for any potential prey or danger.
a tough time for a mother, looking after four young hungry mouths that never give you a moment rest when around.