There is a certain buzz about Londolozi at the moment, the bush has been brought back to life by the late rains in the season. Another flush of green overrides most of the images this week. And with the rain comes a whole host of wildlife that is making the most of it before winter is firmly upon us.
Insect and birdlife have been abundant as a last little flush before things cool down dramatically for winter. But the buzz doesn’t only come from insects this week. We have the amazing news that apart from enjoying some world-class sightings of the Nhlanguleni Female and her two cubs, we have discovered another leopard den on Londolozi.
Our best-known leopard, the Mashaba Female, was suspected to have been pregnant. Unfortunately for us, she has shifted her territory further south where searching for becomes more challenging and therefore she has been viewed a lot less over the last year. By chancing our luck one morning, we decided to poke our vehicle in amongst some boulders that have been used as a den by the Ndzandzeni Female and the Totowa Female in the past.
Sure enough, we were greeted by the Mashaba Female and two tiny little leopard cubs estimated to be about three weeks old. Initially, the cubs were extremely nervous and hid from the vehicle, but over the course of the morning along with their mother’s relaxed nature, they eventually settled down and allowed us some phenomenal viewing.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
The Mashaba female is currently Londolozi’s best-known leopard. Her relaxed nature means she is comfortable around the vehicles.
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.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
April’s TWIP Photographer Winner…
Thank you to all of you who voted for your favourite images throughout the month of April on our blog and as well as Instagram – we have a winner… Our TWIP Photography competition happens over the course of every month and relies on your votes – our blog and social media followers. The winner of every month gets to draw a prize/voucher out of a hat for all the energy, patience, skill and passion they needed in order to get “the shot“. As we sit, two months into the competition and there has been no holding back from the rangers who have been producing some outstanding content. We are thrilled to keep sharing some amazing photographic content with you every week. Make sure to vote every week for your favourite picture.
Now onto the winner for April- Congratulations to Kelsey Clark.