Another week goes by with some incredible sightings of a variety of different animals, however, this week is still dominated by the large predators. We spend some time with the last remaining Ntsevu Cubs of the Birmingham Males. As well as the Tsalala Female still in fantastic condition, attempts to scale a tree in order to steal a carcass from the Senegal Bush Male. The tree-climbing lions of Londolozi might be becoming a thing.
The leopards always seem to provide some quality sightings too. The Ximungwe Young Male is once again seen in the exact same dead leadwood that he was seen in a few months ago by Dan and Jess. The Nkoveni Young Females spend the morning playing and the Three Rivers Female goes about a territorial patrol.
Dotted in amongst the excitement of the large predators are a few giraffes, zebra and buffalo.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A young cub from the Ntsevu Pride. This cub is one of the last offspring of the Birmingham Coalition. This was a great moment to capture as the young female glanced at us through the thicket. She was busy feeding on a kudu kill that her mother had made the day before. After getting a few pictures of the incredible scene, we decided to sit and watch the rest of the sighting unfold, taking the odd picture but also enjoying listening to the crunching and action around the kill.
Another incredible scene of the Ximungwe Young Male in a dead leadwood. In a recent sighting, we saw this adventurous young male climb up ad rest in the exact same dead tree that he did a few months ago.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
Many rangers and wildlife photography enthusiasts dream to see a leopard in a dead leadwood, let alone the same leopard climb the same dead tree more than once.
A buffalo cow glances over towards us from within a sea of other buffalo.
The Ntsevu Young Males are growing into impressive young male lions.
Dust bathing is an effective way to rid oneself of any pesky biting flies and other insects.
Early one morning we spent some time with the Ximungwe Young Male as he moved around sticking to the roads and avoiding the dew-soaked grass.
There almost seems to not be a sighting of the two Nkoveni Young Females where they are not playing with each other.
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 3:2. She is slightly bigger than her sister.
As the sun was setting in the background this zebra turned to face us.
The stunning Three Rivers Female is on a patrol in search of her next meal in order to provide for her rapidly growing young male cub.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
While busy feeding on a buffalo kill, this lioness glances up at a number of incoming vultures.
Amidst a gentle necking battle these two giraffes were honing their fighting skills.
The Tsalala Female poises in the morning light next to a small termite mound gazing into the distance at a herd of impala.
Having sniffed out the Senegal Bush Male with an impala kill hoisted into a tree, she began a not-so-graceful ascent to attempt to steal the carcass.