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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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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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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

You’ve made a decision very difficult again this week but I’m going to offer a few favorites. Of course the rambunctious sister in the Nkoveni pair of cubs, the beautifully lit baboon, wasp , and Stoff’s elephant portrait against the saturated green grasses. The Flat Rock male’s eyes in that image are mesmerizing! Just can’t choose one!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

I am sorry for making the decision so tough, but I guess that is a good sign that there are some amazing photos being taken.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

They are all great pics, Sean! Too difficult to choose. I love baboons though and they do not feature often in the blogs. And the fleeing impala are a great capture as well!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Irene.

Susan Young
Explorer

Sean, Every image is amazing. Cannot choose, love them all. Thank you for sharing these wonderful animals.
Susan

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Susan. They are amazing animals indeed.

Tracey Van Dijck
Explorer

All the pics are fantastic! But my 2 favourites are definitely the rhino bull standing at an angle towards the camera showing his tremendous power, and the rhino lying down showing how gentle they can be. I have to say that being a lover of all things buglike, I really appreciate the wasp and spider. That’s a great shot of being in the right place at the right time.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Tracey. The pictures of those rhinos are amazing. We were lucky with the Spider hunting wasp and its prey. We saw it dragging the spider across the ground and followed it as she then starting to drag it into the small bush.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Sean there are so many to choose from and it’s difficult. My favorite is the Ximungwe female and her male cub, her eyes are shining so beautifully. Secondly the Nkoveni females and her two female playful cubs. The elephant in the lush green vegetation.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Valmai. The pic of the Ximungwe Female and her youngster is great. The Nkoveni Trio are such amazing leopards to spend time with.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I always appreciate when some of the lesser featured critters show up. Another beautiful TWIP.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you, Chelsea. It is great when we get to feature some of the less common animals to see.

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Sean. Of course I love them all! The subjects make the pull back to Londolozi all the more compelling. The Baboon pose definitely inspires the 2% degree of separation theory. This morning I am enamored with the leaping impalas because it is such a different photo as well as so joyous and thrilling. However, please answer my inquiry from last week…safaris know that the animals eventually will relax around the vehicles, but how long did it take Dave Varty to understand that the wildlife wouldn’t jump in and everyone would be safe as long as they were in the vehicle????

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Camille.

I am waiting for Dave to get back to me with the exact details so I can answer your question. As soon as he does I will let you know.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Loved the baboon–very pensive!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Vin. Indeed very pensive.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Too tough decision this time. As a successful leopard duo cubs is a rarity and they are spectacular i choose them along with the wasp. Even if the scene is gruesome, the wasp is striking and not a common subject. Oddly, insectes make the 80% of overall species on earth so they deserve a 1st place for their ecological role, importance and variety. All photos are superb anyway!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca. Spending time with the leopard cubs is such fun. I agree that this wasp sighting is not one that we come across often.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

As usual all are lovely photos The top favorite for me it has to be the baboon, with the sun setting behind the rhino a close second. Thanks for sharing them!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Marcia. The baboon image is so great as it sits there appearing as though it is so deep in thought.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

All wonderful – but this week’s prize definitely goes to Robert for his fabulous shot of Nkoveni and her 2 cubs, brilliant!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Suzanne. It is such a great shot of the playful nature of those youngsters.

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

WOW! What an amazing TWIP. Very difficult to choose, but we are captivated by the Nkoveni trio having been blessed to see them back in December, so maybe we’ll go with that, but on the other hand …….. oh jeepers. How beautiful they all are

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Jane. The Nkoveni Trio are such fun to spend time with, one just needs to make sure you always have your camera at the ready as they are bound to get up to some mischief at some unexpected point.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Some very special photos – the baboon , the bee eaters and er the Nokveni female and cubs, even by the very high standards of this blog, that is exceptional

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ian. The rangers are really producing some great content at the moment and thankfully it showing through in the TWIPs.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Such wonderful photos again. The young baboon is one of my favorites, though actually all of them are. As Denise (below) writes , it’s really hard to say which one is a favorite. They are all just great!
Thanks.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. The picture of the Baboon is a cracking shot. Thanks for your comment.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Sean, beautiful pictures this week. I enjoyed the rhino, lion, leopard and bee eaters, especially. Keep them coming!!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

We loved all the photos, but especially loved the photo of the baboon, the one of the rhino doing his sunset patrol, and the Nkoveni leopard and her 2 daughters. Incredible TWIP! Thanks for all that you all do to keep us feeling as if we are getting a little bit of Safari time with your posts. We enjoyed all the photos from this week, but those 3 were tops! Thank you again!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Darlene. we are so glad that we are able to share this amazing place with everyone around the world.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

Sean, some fantastic shots in this blog. All could be prize winners. Thank you for sharing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Leonie. There are some great images this week.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Great impala photo Nick!

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

Such a difficult decision Sean. I really loved the bee-eaters cuddled up on a limb. And the wasp/spider shot must have been tricky. Thanks for the explanation on that, I had no idea. A wonderful week in pictures!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Barbara.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful! Loving all the rhino pics. The bee eaters are awesome too.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Carly.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Truely spectacular photos this week…I’m blown away by the choice Sean and team‼️👌🏻 The light and the subjects are all superb. Just the composition and light hearted feeling I get from the Nkoveni cubs romping around with their Mum has to be my winner 💗..but the rhino photos are all close behind.

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