With the photographic opportunities at a high this week the team on the ground has produced some incredible imagery. Ranging from the biggest of them all right through to the smallest.
Lions and leopards feature strongly this week and with there being so many incredible images to choose from we could only put in so many. The Ndzhenga Males are still hanging around with the Ntsevu Females and some of them mating. The Three Rivers Female and her eight-month-old cub make it in. The Flat Rock Male on a territorial patrol, the Ximungwe Female and her year-old youngster to a carcass, and the Nkoveni Trio playing around.
We have a pensive young baboon in golden light, a spider hunting waps and its quarry, a large elephant bull feeding, bee-eaters showing off their stunning colouration, and a couple of large giraffe males battling it out for dominance.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A young baboon looks on as though it was deep in thought, contemplating life.
A spider-hunting wasp unusually drags its victim into a small shrub. The Wasps target spiders as a host for their eggs. A female will lay her egg on the abdomen of the limp, paralysed spider before she buries it in a burrow. The egg will hatch and feed on the fluids of the spider.
The young male cub of the Three Rivers Female gazes up at a Natal Spurfowl that had been spooked by his mom and found refuge in the branches of a tree above.
Shortly after quenching his thirst at a waterhole, this large bull continues on his territorial patrol as the sun sets in the background.
A Ndzhenga Male trying to pick up the scent of a female. This shot caught him using the organ of Jacobson in what is known as the flehmen response/grimace.
Perching on an outer limb of a dead tree this European Bee-eater was scanning around intensely for its next victim.
A Ntsevu Female attempts to entice a Ndzhenga Male into mating. The females will almost always initiate over the 4 – 5 day mating period.
After drinking at a pan, this large rhino bull moved into beautiful evening sunlight staring the vehicle down intensely creating a stunning image.
Summer is a great time for most animals, particularly elephants. They make the most of the abundance of fresh tasty vegetation. This elephant bull satisfies his hunger with the juicier tops of the grass growing in many of the clearings.
A huddle of Little Bee-eaters on a branch as the sun was setting behind us.
Playtime! The smaller of the Nkoveni Female’s two cubs pounce on her unsuspecting sister whilst the three of them were walking to a kill that the Nkoveni Female had hoisted in a nearby marula tree.
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.
Two male giraffes battling it out for dominance and in turn the rights to females in which they would hope to mate. The Male on the right had taken a full swing with his head hoping to land a blow with the top of his ossicones. The Male on the left could see it coming and managed to duck his head and neck out of the way.
A mating pair of lions takes a break in a shady spot on the road. The pair were mating at 10 – 15 minute intervals at this point!
After spending the evening with the four Ndzhenga Males, they settled in a clearing and let out a full-blown call.
Content and peacefully resting in the soft sand of the road.
Taking a temorary break on a fallen tree, The Three Rivers Female watches as her young male cub approaches, hoping to go undetected.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
A panicked herd of impala flee across the road close to sunset.
The Flat Rock Male while on a territorial patrol passes through a shaded patch but a glint of light breaks through to illuminate his eyes.
A dominant male leopard over the majority of the north. He originally took over the 4:4 Male's territory when he died.
The Ximungwe Female leads her young male cub who is the same size if not bigger than her, down the road on the way to a carcass.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
Pausing mid drink, he turned his attention towards us for a brief moment before resuming his drink.