Spending a few days enduring the colder, rainy weather earlier this week, we have seen the bush transform before our eyes. The pans and waterholes are full, the lush new green growth is evident everywhere, and with it all comes a new refreshed ambient sense of rejuvenation.
The cloudy weather has provided a gently soft light allowing for some great photography. The shadows and highlights are not as harsh, allowing one to capture great images late into the morning. Pat and Chris compile a photographic collection in all its diverse splendour. From the amazing herd of elephants drinking to the joyous playful rhino calves, leopards and leopard tortoises, wild dogs and cheetah, and hyena cubs.
It is an amazing time of the year to be on safari, the transformation from the dull tones of the early new growth a couple of weeks ago to a rich emerald green canvas that can be seen everywhere.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
As the bush transforms, the waterholes have been filled by the rain and the animals enjoy the abundance of water around, especially this herd of elephants during a warm day
With the inability to use its trunk yet, this very small baby elephant attempts to have a drink by putting its whole face into the water.
Young calves are always amazing to see, inquisitive by nature, they often will come to investigate the foreign being that watches on, before bounding off in a playful manner.
The Mawelawela Male is an interesting leopard to spend time with, initially a skittish individual, he has relaxed significantly and is constantly expanding his territory throughout the core Londolozi.
Began as a fairly unrelaxed leopard in the southwestern parts of the reserve. Now providing great viewing int eh open grasslands
After a period of aestivation, similar to hibernation, where the animal lowers its metabolic rate due to the lack of water in the drier months, Leopard Tortoises are everywhere at the moment, after our recent rains, replenishing their fluids and taking full advantage of all the lush green grass to graze on.
The Nkoveni Female and her two cubs find the perfect place to rest on the mound of soil still held together by the roots of this knobthorn tree that an elephant had pushed over.
A young female that lives to the east and south of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
As a large herd of around 400 buffalo moved through an area slowly feeding on the new shoots of grass for an hour or so, we then saw this enormous bull staring at us. Relatively young because his fur is still in good condition, but the texture of his boss in the middle of the horns was impressive.
As an animal that feeds only on grass, and a lot of it, the buffalo are in heaven with the abundance of new green shoots coming through.
The Three Rivers Female’s Cub spent the morning learning vital lessons. One of which was mimicking its mother by dragging the remains of a duiker that they had been feeding on.
A hard morning of valuable lessons was concluded with both mother and cub settling in for a drink at a nearby pan.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
Young hyenas are such entertaining little animals to watch, having a few other youngsters around provide them with the perfect playmates. Here three peer out from the opening of the den.
The Senegal Bush Male continues to provide great viewing, once again being found in a marula tree, resting throughout the day.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
This adolescent wild dog pup watches the rest of its siblings play in a mud wallow from a distance, taking this opportunity to rest for a short while before being over-run with excitement and joining in on the playtime.
The very seldomly seen cheetah used this fallen Marula to scan for any potential threats or prey before clawing away at the bark in order to sharpen its claws.
Silhouetted as this female leopard leaps from one branch towards another, to feed on the impala carcass she had managed to hoist.
The eirie nature of hyenas is accentuated as this one feeds on the remains of an impala carcass at night.
The Ximungwe Female claws at the bark beneath her front paws as she begins to stretch before moving on for her morning’s missions.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
Spending time within the safety of this tree a Striped Skink pauses to analyse the threat before it scuttled off into a crack in the bark.