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Robert Ball

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Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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on Life and Death – A Reality of Nature

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William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Amazing events to be witness too. Nature and life in there truest, gentlest, and rawest forms. Thanks Robert for the pictures and comments.

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, William. Yes – amazing events indeed!

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

What a marvellous blog, thank you Robbie. What a lovely reminder of what is truly important- so essential to regain that perspective and so wonderful to be able to have that experience at Londolozi.

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, Jane. I appreciate your comment. Perspective is important indeed!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What an amazing day of ” the full circle of life “. Nature can indeed be cruel, or at least sometimes seems to be cruel to us humans. And on the other hand so gentle and loving like the leopard mother with her tiny cub. And there are always surprises waiting out there, every drive could bring some incredible sight, some very special interactions of different animals.
That’s what makes it so fascinating.

Robert Ball
Contributor

There’s a surprise around every corner! (almost…)

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautifully and sensitively written and I do VERY much appreciate the warning in the video. The pictures are fantastic and I love your perspective of our absolute insignificance in this breathtaking and amazing world. Thank you for sharing 🙂

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome Johanna, I’m glad you enjoyed (and appreciated) the article!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Good job describing the Ying & Yang of the life cycle–always difficult for visitors to understand at the initial visit.
After our first trip, I was asked by a friend to describe my experience. My response was that it made me feel “insignificant”–just as you mentioned.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Thank you Vin. Yes, I think its important for all of us to remember that we are truly insignificant in the greater scheme of things.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

As a child I always preferred big cats over other predators way to kill their prey and this can be seen in the poor zebra’s death. Suffocation cuts the oxygen supply to the brain and prevents the pain of being ripped alive. Until it’s dead the lions won’t eat it. Zebras are so beautiful, it’s always sad. Aren’t these male lions responsable for the Tsalala lioness death? What a joy to srr the Nhlqnguleni female with her cub!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Yes, we believe the Plain’s camp males are responsible for the Tsalala Lionesses death (although we can’t be 100% sure…)

Karin Sorkin
Explorer

Spectacular! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post! Miss all of you, please send my best to all! What a magical world we live in!

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome Karin, I will do. Hope to see you back here soon!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

How brilliant to witness the full circle of life within a 24 hour period. I’m in awe of your video and appreciate the phone photos of the newest cub – May it live to independence!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Brilliant indeed! We were so incredibly lucky.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Robert that was amazing to experience both those sightings within a 24 hour period. Shame I felt sorry for the Zebra, but in nature only the strongest survive. The little 7 day old cub is so precious, and I truly hope the cub will make it to adulthood. I’m sure your guests enjoyed those sighting tremendously.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Amazing indeed. All of us in the vehicle (guests included) enjoyed the sightings tremendously. Thank you, Valmai.

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

This is yet another wonderful blog. I am always fascinated to read comments about the cruelty or yin and Yang of Mother Nature. It is only humans that can be cruel. Nature has been successful for hundreds of millions of years, then humans arrived. We de-forest, capture animals to ship to labs, etc. It is incredible places like Londolozi, with their unwavering respect and passion for the wildlife and landscape that gives me hope.

Robert Ball
Contributor

I’m glad you enjoyed the read Jeff. I think that if, as humans, we try hard enough to respect mother nature, we may just be able to all live in harmony with one another.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Thank you for sharing these two remarkable incidences that you and your guest witnessed Robert! 🙏🏻💗 Quite incredible, one could say, a crash course in the ways of the Wild. Only the strong survive.

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, Cally. I’m glad you enjoyed the read!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Wonderful to have seen the mother and cub, less so to see the zebra demise

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Robbie, What an amazing 24 hours! It’s hard to watch the lions in action, but it is life “in the real world” as we have heard Dave Varty say over the years. How exciting to hear of the new cub for the Nhlanguleni Female!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Exciting indeed! I’m glad you enjoyed the read.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Wow wow wow! Two absolutely amazing experiences! I know that Nhlanguleni is relaxed but wow that she brought such a tiny cub right past the vehicle!

Robert Ball
Contributor

It was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

What a gripping and amazing 24 hours indeed Robert! Two “once in a lifetime” experiences in the time span of day – truly marvelous and awe inspiring!!

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