Throughout this week we have been spoilt with the predator game viewing, with the most exciting sighting of the Nkoveni Female’s two daughters. We were lucky enough to spend three consecutive game drives with them as they made the most of their excitable nature and youthful energy. The two spent hours playing around a small waterhole and in a dead tree nearby. Thus providing us with numerous amazing photographic opportunities.
The Senegal Bush Male seems to be ever trying to expand his territory, we spend an entire morning following him around in a great sighting. He appeared to have detected the scent of another male within his territory and most likely wanted to push him out. All the while the Plaque Rock Female had successfully killed and hoisted an impala lamb, to which she ascends the marula tree at sunset in order to feed.
The wild dogs that featured in our Virtual Safari spent the afternoon near the Sand River and we managed to snap a shot of one of the males.
The Ndzhenga Males have been a fairly regular feature and almost always found in the company of at least one Ntsevu Female.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A Ndzhenga Male stares intently ahead as he marches toward the river beyond which lie his three brothers attended by two of the resident Ntsevu Females.
Nkoveni Young Female fixated on a Cape Turtle Dove flying past.
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.
One playful Nkoveni young female sneaks up on her sister, this image captures her mid-pounce.
Nkoveni Young Female Leopards fighting in a tree. The female on the right snuck up on her sister and bit her on the back starting the spat. The Nkoveni Young Female retaliates, she bares her claws and goes after her sister.
This young calf had us enthralled as it worked up the courage to creep closer and closer toward our vehicle under the watchful eye of it’s mother.
Having spent the entire morning waiting for this exact shot, we were thrilled as this Nkoveni Young Female, stood up and began to stretch just before she descended the tree.
Stretching just before she descends.
A Ntsevu Female, one of the breakaways, spares us nothing more than a brief but intense glance before going back down to her nap.
Wild dog staring into the camera from the shade of a tree.
After hearing commotion near to camp a Northern Avoca Male was found feeding on a young giraffe along with three Ntsevu Sub-adults. Being the larger more dominant male he took charge of the carcass and dragged it into the shade.
We were incredibly lucky to spend a number of game drives with the Nkoveni Young Females in the same place around a small waterhole. Next to the waterhole was this dead tree to which the young and playful leopards took full advantage of. In between bouts of playing they would use it to rest and wait for their mother to return.
A large White-headed Vulture roosts in a dead knobthorn tree just as the sun was beginning to set. This particular individual had been drawn into the presence of an impala lamb that had been killed and hoisted into a marula tree by the Plaque Rock Female.
This Nkoveni Young Female Leopard has the most stunning eyes! Here the light perfectly illuminates her.
As the Senegal Bush Male walked below the airstrip, a herd of impala caught sight of him and began alarming, fixated on him.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
As Londolozi moved toward dusk the Plaque Rock Female returned to her kill in an elephant scarred Marula tree
A pretty young playful female found along the river to the east of camp
A bird that we would consider to have been rather difficult and rare to see on Londolozi in previous years, the Dwarf Bittern, has been seen fairly regularly in a number of different places this year. Probably as a result of there being a fair amount more water around.
A male leopard I have never seen, the Tamba Male yawns wide as he takes a break from a long and arduous patrol.