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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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on Virtual Safari: Ultimate Game Drive Highlights #100

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Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Such great footage this week Sean, and brilliantly fitting for such a momentous occasion as the 100th dispatch from Londolozi – a lion and a leopard!!! The footage of the Birmingham male was amazing, as he navigates his way without his brother. And the capture of the Nkuwa hiding her kill was incredibly fascinating. I’d heard of this as well, but never seen it, and very glad to hear she was successful.
These posts from Londolozi have been one of the great highlights in a very strange and challenging time, and I think James would be proud of your efforts!!

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Congratulations and much appreciation for the 100 weeks of sharing your Fascinating, Exciting and always Interesting peaks into the Bushveld’s virtual sightings. I especially enjoyed today’s lengthy time spent with the Birmingham Male. Having seen him along with the also aging Inyathini Leopard several years ago makes me long for more iconic Londolozi! 2023 is on our horizon!!

Susan Young
Explorer

Excellent Sean, loved the close up of the last remaining Birmingham Male Lion. I have been with you on all 100 weeks/videos, as you say it has brought Londolozi to us. Looking forward to returning soon.

Jos Smulders
Explorer

Thank you, so much for many, wonderful episodes, of your daily adventures. Highly informative. Hugely enjoyable. James got me hooked, and now, I’m looking forward to each new update. Please, keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see, what happens to the Glorious, Birmingham male. Thanks again

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

How fascinating to see the Nkuwa female covering her kill. I hadn’t heard of or seen this behavior before, so it was a treat to see. The Birmingham male is still a gorgeous lion, even if he is running solo now.

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

Congratulations on your 100th week! What an amazing journey which I have loved following. I was surprised that the leopard would know to hide her kill from the vultures. Incredible. Thanks Sean!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Congratulation on your 100 week of Virtual Safari! It was a brilliant idea to produce these safaris and blogs so that people who were not able to travel to Londolozi could still take part in the wonderful world of nature and animals of Londolozi.
Good to know that one of the Birmingham Males is still around and able to feed himself. Great video!
The Nkuwa female really seems to know what she is doing when she is hiding her prey.

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

Happy 100! So wonderful to see the Birmingham male again. Fabulous footage! I hope he’s around for a long time to come. Also the footage of the Nkuwa female covering her kill is a great explanation as to why domestic cats do this. I learn so much from these posts!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Congrats is in order for you and your team and also James ,who started the virtual safari series. Thank you so much for these wonderful video’s and pics that we see each week. I can’t wait for my email to arrive each day so I can see these amazing animals. Well done James and Sean!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Wonderful to see the remaing Birmingham male lion, also the Nkuwa female leopard. How clever she is to cover the kill so that the vultures can’t see it. Nature is amazing.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Wonderful relaxing video of big cats at rest after lunch. The Birmingham male is ageing, but so far he looks fine. Leopards are so beautiful you never get tired while looking at them, also because they are quite different from each other both in looks and purrsonality. Surely this 100 weeks have had their trouble but I hope that all creatures had a peaceful time as well. Thank you for sharing all videos

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, It’s hard to believe it’s been 100 weeks since the first Ultimate Game Drive! We’ve enjoyed every one of them! This Virtual Safari was a great chance to see how well the Birmingham is doing – he looks great – the layered look of his mane is quite handsome for sure! The closeups at the water hole of him drinking were just amazing! The story about Nkuwa was so interesting too. We had never seen a leopard hiding it’s kill so skillfully like that – brilliant move on her part!

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Congrats on a hundred weeks of Virtual Safari! We have enjoyed most of them lath we missed a few when we were traveling. James Tyrell and you, Sean Zeederberg, have both done fabulous jobs. Love your enthusiasm, your informative commentary, and your excellent photography and video skills. Keep it up!

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A nice drive Sean. Amazing to see the Birmingham male again. He looks in pretty good shape. Thanks for sharing.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you Sean for the footage of the Birmingham male today. It’s terrific that he was able to bring down a Buffalo on his own which means he still is quite strong. I have a beautiful framed image of him on my wall from my 2018 trip and whilst he does look older now, his face is the same – perhaps a bit less mane and another scar or two.
I certainly hope the Nkuwa female was able to eat enough of her kill to hoist up into the tree. It’s such a shame to lose it to scavengers when she’s worked so hard to capture it. Cheers to 100 episodes!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Can’t believe it’s already the 100th week of virtual videos since it started with James Tyrell. I have to say they have all been fabulous and have certainly made me feel closer to mother Africa. Still hoping to get there one of these days but for now I am so grateful they you continue to share your weeks with us Sean. ❤️🙏🏻What a super tribute to the 100th week spending so much time with the Birmingham male. He’s looking terrific and I hope he continues to hold his ground for now. Clever Nkuwa hiding her kill…hope she managed to enjoy most of her kill before it was sniffed out by another predator 😉

Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

Incredible TON!! loved the interesting leopard behaviour!!

Iren Juppa
Digital Ranger

Please, are there any new news about young Tsalala lioness? Thank you.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Iren, she has not been seen on Londolozi for a few days now, but I believe that she is still doing very well.

Iren Juppa
Digital Ranger

Thank you so much, Sean. I’m worried about her.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Thank you for these 100 weeks of joy! For us, stuck in Europe or wherever, these are kind of a lifeline. The blogs are wonderful, but with the videos we get the sound and the feel of the bush. It is really great work you are doing and I sincerely hope you manage to keep it going!
I was really happy to see the B’ham male again, he looks really good. Hopefully, if he does meet other males, he meets them one by one……. And that leopard looks really strong and sturdy! We don’t see her often, do we? Or you, actually hahahahaha. Is there more info on her? She simply looks as if she is from a very different line…..

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for the update on Nhenha (Birmingham). He is looking quite well. Hope he can stick around for another year or so. The Nkuwa female is quite a pretty leopard. Again thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much MJ, The Birmingham Male is looking in such great condition. He has been doing well to avoid the other lions, settling down in the western grasslands away from the others. The Nkuwa Female is a stunning leopardess.

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