This Week in Pictures highlights an incredibly diverse photographic week. From another glimpse at the Nhlanguleni Female’s cub from the initial sighting we had of them as it hides in the new den, to the playful and entertaining Nkoveni Young Females. Leopards feature strongly this week with some other amazing sightings of the Ximungwe Female and her Young Male, to the Nweti Male resting after a long morning’s territorial patrol and a stunning up-close view of the Three Rivers Young Male’s eyes. Tempting fate, the Misava Male an unfamiliar leopard to Londolozi, is found deep within the Flat Rock Male’s territory. As a young nomadic male, he was seen on Londolozi in April 2019 and October 2020. As it stands now he seems to still be in search of his own territory pushing him into and through other dominant males’ territories until he is able to secure one of his own.
A proud large male kudu stands tall showing off his enormous majestic horns. A lone wild dog, probably from a larger pack was seen briefly just north of our camps. There has been a pack of wild dogs in the north that we believe to be denning very close to our boundary, he is most likely from this pack. Elephants have always provided some great viewing and this week is no different.
Dotted in amongst all the other large animals we enjoy a number of different shots of birds, zebra and even a Ndzhenga Male.
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One of the Nhlanguleni Cubs hiding in amongst the rock crevices of the new den.
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.
A large kudu bull stands proud, showing off his enormously impressive spiralled horns.
The Ximungwe Young Male watches a small group of giraffes wander past him in the golden morning light. The distinctive ‘freckle’ on his right eye can clearly be seen here – one of his defining features.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
A lone wild dog was recently found just north of granite camp, on the banks of the river. Judging by his behaviour, he seems to have been separated from his pack for the last little while.
One can never take for granted time up close with elephants. An intimate moment where the biggest of giants out here is often the most gentle.
The Nkoveni Young Females playfully greet one another during a misty morning. At just over a year old now, they are both starting to spend more time apart from their mother but are however still very dependent on her for meals and protection.
A stunning young female with a very similar spot pattern to her mother, the Nkoveni Female. Litter still completely intact March 2022.
Also young and playful but rather with a spot pattern of 3:3. She is slightly bigger than her sister.
As we were passing by a dazzle of zebra, this one paid a little closer attention than the rest and allowed for a great portrait shot.
As the family of Southern Ground Hornbills moved through the open ccrest in the search of any prey, this one hopped up on to a termite mound to get a better vantage point of any other prey in the area. Termite mounds are often home to many small creatures such as dwarf mongooses, plated lizards, rodents and snakes, all of which are food for the hornbills.
After a long territorial patrol, the Nweti Male eventually rests on a bare patch of the ground allowing an ideal opportunity for a portrait shot of him.
He is a large, tall, and long male that has an incredible coat and a tuft of hair on his neck
Not a common bird to see at Londolozi, this Long-crested Eagle has been seen for a few days in a row in the same area. This could be some quite exciting news if it hangs around for a little while longer.
The young Misava Male Leopard gazes down at a hyaena passing by the base of the marula tree in which he had a hoisted impala kill.
A small leopard that was forced into early independence and struggled to establish territory. Moved around eating anything it could.
As a herd of elephants slowly moved through the open crests a Fork-tailed Drongo followed this cow, feeding on any insects that were flushed by the large feet moving through the grass. All with a stunning view of the rolling hills and koppies in the background.
A Lilac-breasted Roller hunt. We came around a corner to see this Roller pecking at the ground it was only upon closer inspection did we notice the puffed-up Bushveld Rainfrog.
After a few minutes of watching this Lilac-breasted Roller peck at the Bushveld Rainfrog, it finally speared the frog with its beak and shortly after this it was all over.
Although the tail of the Ximungwe Female is not in the frame, I enjoy the action shot of her young male cub about to pounce on her. These two stalked and pounced on one another within this fallen marula tree.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
The Ximungwe Female is not my focus here so I don’t feel too bad that she is not in the frame. It was the intensity of her young male cub that I wanted to focus on.
One of the Ndzhenga Males rest in the open until hearing his brother call in the distance which caused him to lift his head.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
The Three Rivers Young Male is beginning to provide some great viewing of late. He is now at the age where everything is a game and is constantly stalking his mother looking to play and practice the necessary skills for him to one day be able to become independent from his mother.