This week’s photographic highlights are certainly centred around animals that have made more of a name for themselves on Londolozi.
We have numerous fantastic sightings of a number of leopards. The Three Rivers Female cruising down a dry riverbed, accompanied by her young and adventurous male cub. They pause and climb a few trees on the morning missions. Before eventually settling down in some very thick vegetation with what we thought was the Maxim’s Male.
The Ximungwe Young Male is spending more and more time by himself as his mother, the Ximungwe Female, goes off hunting and patrolling her territory. He is still likely to be dependent on her for a while but it is always great to spend time watching as he explores the terrain around where his mother has left him.
The Ndzhenga Males have been spending a lot of time with a number of the Ntsevu Females, with a few of them apparently having mated in the last few days and weeks. We enjoy a sighting of one male and four females where there was a mildly heated greeting between one female and a male.
A number of animals have taken a liking to the Londolozi airstrip this week and have been spending time along or around the airstrip. From the smallest, a leopard tortoise, through to the tallest, a few giraffes. We even had a large elephant bull amble across the airstrip after feeding on a couple of marula fruit.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
Resting in the shade of a marula tree while feeding on a few fallen marula fruit, this large elephant bull then headed straight towards the airstrip.
There is something special to seeing animals crossing the airstrip. The vast open landscape that surrounds it makes for great low angle shots with a clear non-distracting backdrop.
The Ximungwe Young Male was found roaming through some of the clearings. His mother had left him here while she was off hunting. He couldn’t resist and began searching for his own snack for the morning, sadly to no avail though.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
During an afternoon drive, we spent some time with a Ndzhenga Male and a few of the Ntssevu Females. A female approached this male and greeted him, which swiftly turned into the bearing of many teeth and claws. Female lions are not one to be messed with!
A brief interaction between this Ndzenga male and Ntsevu female. Believe it or not, this was a greeting!
In the heat of the morning, this Leopard tortoise decided to make its way across Londolozi’s airstrip.
This image intrigues me. The elephant is stunning and was interesting as it scratches its ear. But just how the grass appears so brown and dry. Almost as though this image was from mid-winter. I guess there are some areas on the reserve that have received less rainfall, or maybe this grass has been dried out by the scorching heat we have had recently.
Speaking of the airstrip, shortly after the elephant seen above crossed the airstrip, these giraffes thought it a great idea to follow suit.
Following the three Rivers Female and her cub through the Maxabene Riverbed, she leapt up this fallen tree. The cub followed shortly after, they spent a bit of time up there before descending and continuing down the riverbed.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
Leading the way, ahead of her cub. Initially, we thought they must be on their way to a carcass, but this was not the case. They were on a simple mission of just moving from one spot to another.
As she walked past the vehicle she gave us a brief glance. The intensity in her eyes is intimidating even to us in the safety of the vehicle.
Poised on a low branch of a tree, the Three Rivers Female looks back in the direction from which she had just come. Something at the tops of a few large trees had caught her attention.
A stunning image of the Three Rivers Female investigating the upper canopy of a few large jackalberry trees, after hearing what sounded like a scuffle between two large birds. We never got to see what they were. She did not come up with anything here so she continued with her mission.
After having a confrontation with her mother (The Nkoveni Female), the Plaque Rock Female stares into the distance as her mother walks off. The Plaque Rock female is tolerated in her mother’s territory as most female leopards can inherit part of their mother’s territories. I love how the giraffe stopped and watched her in the background as giraffes often stare at predators to keep an eye on them.
A gorgeous female who is found to the east of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.