“The Greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swan.
Today, the 22nd of April, marks Earth Day. Earth Day is dedicated to supporting and creating awareness around environmental protection. This year, their official theme is ‘Invest In Our Planet’. At Londolozi, we’re firm believers in doing our part 365 days of the year. So, in essence, everyday is Earth Day because when you visit Londolozi, you are doing far more than immersing yourself in a thrilling wildlife experience. You are helping with the development and socio-economic wellbeing of a whole human ecosystem through community upliftment, rural education, healthcare and the creation of protected areas in which rhinos and other iconic species can roam freely… these are just a few of the ways in which your safari is having a positive impact on the reserve and its surrounding areas. Your safari means the power to improve the lives of both people and wildlife. Your safari is an investment in our planet.
With that in mind, enjoy some of the exquisite creatures that call our planet home, enjoy This Week in Pictures…
The three Ndzhenga Male lions move through Londolozi mid-morning seaming as though they were on a mission. Male lions on the move always provide some great photographic opportunities, and this morning did not disappoint. We also spend some time with the Ntsevu lion pride and the surviving youngsters where the mothers were successful in bringing down a wildebeest for the cubs to feed on. In amongst the lions, we enjoy a selection of birdlife that are always fun to photograph.
The mother cheetah and her young sub-adult have also been around and on a cool rainy morning entertained us for a while upon a termite mound, more on this on Sunday. A brief view of the Senegal Bush Male as he rests up in the dense canopy of a large tree is then followed by a stunning scene of the Plaque Rock Female leopard after Tracker, Euce, spotted her from an enormous distance away.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The three Ndzhenga Males were on a serious mission, which led them through the middle of Londolozi. Unsure if they were responding to the presence or scent of another lion in the area, they moved silently but with some serious intent.
Perched on the top of a dead tree, this Black-shouldered Kite uses its phenomenal eyesight to scan for any prey moving about in the grass below.
Their patrols took them through the reserve and up onto our airstrip.
A menacing look from the dominant Ndzenga Male as he marches down the Londolozi airstrip.
By sitting still and enjoying the scenery, while listening out for any alarm calls or signals that other animals may be around, often one will begin to notice the smaller lesser-seen things. Such as this fairly shy Green-winged Ptyllia revealed itself and hopped up onto this fallen Buffalo thorn tree revealing itself in plain sight and making for a pretty stunning shot.
The three Ndzhenga Males made their way towards the Sand River where they eventually crossed through the river. The furthest north they have been since when they first arrived on Londolozi.
The mother cheetah and her youngster once again provide us with a great sighting, during a period of gentle drizzle. After resting for a little while the young cheetah found a burst of energy and went charging around the mound that the mother was resting on.
Nearly time to move on, so the mother stood up to scan the surroundings.
The Cheetah Duo have provided such great sightings of late, making a mission down into the deep southwestern grasslands in search of them definitely worth it.
The well-worn ossicones and calcified forehead of this male giraffe highlight the numerous battles for dominance that this male would have endured. Earning him the rights to females and mating opportunities.
One of the Ntssevu Mothers fixated on a herd of wildebeest in the distance. Eyes locked onto her prey.
The three Ntsevu Cubs watch the herd of Wildebeest from a distance. Learning valuable skills from their mothers to one day become amazing hunters too.
The Ntsevu Lionesses were successful in their Wildebeest hunt. The cubs got to feed first while the Lionesses rested in the shade catching their breath. The raw nature of lions is revealed in this shot with its face covered in blood, even in their innocent youth.
A young vervet monkey looks on at a leopard in the distance as its troop members at the top of the tree above alarm call.
After hearing the monkey’s alarm calling, we were pretty certain that there was a leopard nearby. We spent about 10 minutes searching the immediate area that the monkeys were in but couldn’t find anything. As we widened our search area, tracker Euce Madonsela spotted the Plaque Rock female draped over the branch of a marula tree. The monkeys had seen her from nearly a kilometre away!
A pretty young playful female found along the river to the east of camp
After descending the marula tree, the Plaque Rock Female moved with purpose through the long grass. She clearly had her eyes set on something in the distance but we weren’t quite sure what. A few minutes later, she led us straight to a mother rhino and her tiny calf. The leopard was incredibly curious about the young rhino who was a month old at the most.
The Three older Ntsevu Sub-adults all huddled up on a cool rainy afternoon.
Always adding some colour to the bush. Lilac-breasted Rollers are stunning when caught against the bright white background if you can manage to get the exposure right.
The intimidating stare of the Senegal Bush Maleas as he locks eyes with you from the canopy of a large tree.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
A Western Cattle Egret sits upon a dead tree watching a herd of buffalo move along beneath it. Often accompanying the buffalo herd in order to feed on the abundance of insects that are associated with the large bovines, such as flies and other insects flushed from the grass as they move around feeding.