This week we start off with an official announcement of an incredible find! The Nhlanguleni Female’s new den. Having suspected she had cubs for a few weeks, we searched long and hard to try and find her and in turn hoped that we found her den. One lucky morning Jess and Advice happened to get a brief glimpse of the Nhlanguleni Female carrying a cub to a new den. It was late morning and the game drives were coming to an end. We swiftly headed out to find where Nhlanguleni would establish her new den. We sat in the scorching heat for an age, then the mother got up and went to collect a second cub. A once in a lifetime sighting.
Outside of this, we enjoy some other amazing sightings of the Senegal Bush Male, Ximungwe Young Male and the Three Rivers Female as they go about their lives.
The mother cheetah and her cub spend a morning playing around on a fallen marula tree providing incredible photographic opportunities.
On the lion front, the Ndhzenga Males have still been seen mating with the Ntsevu Females. Three of the Ntsevu Young Males have been moving around as nomadic young lions and provided a great sighting as they were resting on the Londolozi airstrip.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
As the Nhlanguleni Female rounded the corner, revealing her young cub to us as she gently carried it in her mouth on the way to a new den.
A broadside view as she walked past allowing an amazing view of the cubs face, complemented by the contrast of the cubs pink tongue.
Initially skittish she spent a lot of time in the Sand River, now relaxed she makes up the majority of leopard viewing west of camp.
During the heat of the day the mother wasted no time in moving her cub to the new den, marching swiftly straight down the road.
After walking down the river bed towards us, she turned towards the boulders on the riverbank to stash her young cub.
During a rather quiet afternoon drive, we decided to park ourselves on the banks of a large watering hole in the eastern parts of the reserve and watch hippos wallowing about in the water. This one gave us fantastic show by opening his jaws wide, exposing his impressive tusks.
The Senegal Bush Male is now our most viewed male leopard and has been providing us with some phenomenal sightings as of late. On this particular afternoon, he strolled up alongside our vehicle and paused just a few feet away from me allowing me.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
The water levels of the Sand River are already starting to drop as we dip into the dry season. This Nile Crocodile had found a sand bank in the northern channel of the river to rest on making him look as if he was floating above the water.
It isn’t that often that you see giraffe sitting down like this. Its quite a vulnerable position to in as it takes them a while to get back to their feet again. We bumped into this bull resting in next to the road not far from camp and, from a distance, was framed beautifully by the surrounding trees.
Having had a number of recent sightings of the mother cheetah and her cub, this one was more spectacular than most as the two spent a while playing on a fallen marula tree.
Once again, the Ximungwe Young Male puts on a show in the early morning light. He is growing in confidence every day and looks set to become a rather large male leopard in years to come.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
We spent the morning with the Three Rivers Female and her male cub that is growing in confidence on a daily basis. He takes a break from playing with his mother on this fallen over tree.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
Mating lions is always an intense situation, none more so than this encounter between this Nzenga male and Ntsevu lioness.
Three of the Ntsevu Sub-adult Males have been roaming around Londolozi for a few weeks together. Being driven out of the eastern parts of the reserve by the Ndzhenga Males they are firmly in their nomadic phase of their lives buying time until they are powerful enough to claim a territory of their own as a new coalition of males.
Driving over the causeway is often a place to get a close look at a few crocodiles. Here a small crocodile slips into some clear water and glides away.
As we followed a pack of wild dogs down the road, one of the males stopped and turned back watching the rest of the pack following behind them.
An African Fish Eagle perched up on a dead branch of a knobthorn, overlooking a waterhole in the hopes that a few fish venture a little too close to the surface allowing an opportunity for the Fish Eagle to swoop down and try and catch one.