With a week filled with amazing predator sightings, this TWIP holds numerous pictures of these magnificent cats in amongst a few elephants, a brand new zebra foal, hippos, giraffe crossing the airstrip, a large kudu bull and show jumping wildebeest.
From the Nkuwa Female poised in a large marula tree, to the intimidating stare of the Senegal Bush Male as he watches a young kudu in the distance. The Three Rivers Female and her four-month-old cub have also spent some time on Londolozi, allowing us all a great introduction to the small little cub.
Lions have shown up strong this week with the Ntsevu pride featuring as they feed on a zebra carcass, the Mangheni Pride and their last remaining cub of the Othawa Male were separated for a few days but luckily they managed to reunite.
There is an eerie feeling when you drive out of camp and hear that there are some new male lions in town. Two of the Ndzhenga Male Lions from the south were found venturing deep into the Birmingham Males’ territory. Were these two were responding to the calls of other lions throughout the night which drew them in?
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
An introduction to two of the Ndhzenga or N’waswishaka Male lions. Over the recent few weeks, we have had evidence of male lions venturing onto Londolozi from the south but have not had a chance of seeing them, until this morning.
Settling down at the end of an extensive territorial patrol deep into the Birmingham Males’ territory.
Two young hippos nestle in a bouquet of pinks and purples as the sunset fades to darkness. Photographed by Sello Hatang.
This was my first sighting of this little leopard cub of the Three Rivers Female. As we arrived the cub was high up in the canopy of a tamboti tree feeding with its mother on the remains of an impala ewe. The mother descended the tree to rest in the shade and digest her food. Soon after (with a little less elegance) the cub too descended the tree only to lay still for a few moments before playing around with this old set of impala horns which kept it busy for some time.
With the hot days of summer already upon us, afternoon drives can often start with elephants drinking at one of the prominent river crossings. This young elephant crossed the Sand River which is only ankle deep but remarkably has flowed throughout our dry winter season.
We found the youngest member of the Mangheni pride, who we assume to be around 6 months old, alone looking very disoriented and unrelaxed. Winds had been very strong the night before and we thought it may have strayed away from the rest of the pride. Worrying times for the little lion cub!
Our intention for later that afternoon was to see if the cub had found the rest of the pride, and much to our relief, it had. They lay next to a waterhole for most of the afternoon before wandering off into the night.
The Senegal Bush Male fixated on a young kudu calf that was unaware of his presence. Not long after this photograph was taken he attempted to stalk the lonely kudu, but unfortunately for him, it was to no avail as the adult kudu in the vicinity caught sight of him and alerted the young calf to the imminent danger.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
An impressive kudu bull in amongst the trunks of a tamboti and knobthorn thicket.
It is not too often that you find wildebeest down by the Sand River. This is a scene or image that one may expect to witness in the Serengeti, except on a much grander scale. Impressive to watch the athleticism of what appears to be a fairly unathletic species.
Textured and worn, showing the many miles this male lion has traversed during unrelenting missions to hold and protect his territory.
A congregation of Red-billed Oxpeckers settle on the back of a large odd-toed ungulate, it could almost appear these birds are having a meeting and listening to what the one on the right has to say.
Some of the very first steps this zebra newborn took. Still shakey on its feet, as it stood, it soon was trotting around closely followed by its mother.
We noticed this rhino bull on a territorial patrol as we were setting up for a sundowner. Safe to say the drinks were put on hold.
The Nkuwa Female stares at some impala in the distance but was far too full to leave this comfortable spot within a marula tree.
One of two sisters born to the Nhlanguleni female, both of whom made it to independence, the first intact litter to do so in 7 years.
A Ntsevu Female, with a face covered in blood after having fed on a recent kill. Licking her lips before she settled down to clean herself up.
Ranger Kirst Joscelyne and her guests line up to get the iconic shot of a giraffe crossing the airstrip.