With so much going on around Londolozi, we have been spoilt with photographic opportunities this week, which include a stunning moon rise with an enormous full moon.
Winter temperatures have set in with the cool fresh mornings and gorgeous sunrises. We will probably expect it to get a little cooler in the coming weeks. With some late rains falling this week we are blown away by the greenery that is decorating the Londolozi landscape. Pans and mud wallows are still full, and the Buffalo are making the most of that.
The Talamati Pride spend a while entertaining us as they play in the Sand River. Initially, all we were hoping for was to see them drink and maybe cross the river, but we were gifted a lot more than that.
Hearing rumours of a mother cheetah and her four tiny cubs in the southwestern grasslands near the main access road, we were incredibly sceptical as none of us was even aware that there was a female capable of giving birth. The only female we knew of already has an older cub. So we set off in the hopes of finding, and what would end up to be my first sighting of cheetah cubs this young.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A mother cheetah steps into the road ahead of two of her four cubs and stares back at us.
While milling about this young cheetah appears to be snarling, I think this was in fact a yawn that could almost be mistaken for a laugh.
After rolling around in the mud, this enormous buffalo bull stares down the camera with his horns caked in mud.
It is not often that we experience such a clear view of the Maxims Male during broad daylight.
Fairly skittish male that is presumed to have come from the Kruger National Park.
As the Talamati Pride approached the water’s edge, all the lions paused for a drink until this lioness took it upon herself to be the first of them to cross the river, leading the way.
Following on from a few of the other lions this female made a quick dash through the river.
Once initially crossing the river, a few of the lionesses saw this as an opportunity to play and entertain themselves.
One of the many perks of the winter schedule is that we get to watch the sunrise every day. On this particular morning, we stopped in the open plains, in the western reaches of the reserve to appreciate this tranquil time of day. A lone giraffe bull happened to come strolling along making for a quintessential African moment.
Within less than half an hour of leaving camp that morning, we had found the Nkoveni Young Female up in the branches of a marula tree. She soon descended and strolled across the open crest, leading us towards her sibling. All the while, the air was filled with the bellows of several lions calling just off to our south – we surmised that the lions might have moved through that area earlier that morning, separating the leopard siblings and forcing the one up into the tree in which we had found her.
A stunning young female with a very similar spot pattern to her mother, the Nkoveni Female. Litter still completely intact March 2022.
While resting up in the limbs of a large marula tree, the Senegal Bush Male shows a slight disagreement with the on-lookers beneath bearing his teeth in a lazy snarl.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
Once again another spectacular Full Moon rise where I used this dead leadwood as the subject in the foreground giving the moon a bit more depth.
While the rest of the Talamati Pride were resting on the banks of the Sand River, this lioness who seemed to be the most playful kept venturing back into the water.
The soft golden light of sunset caught the wrinkles of this elephant so well. His eye was also illuminated by the light which revealed the deep amber that hides behind those long eyelashes. Since working at Londolozi, elephant bulls have become my favourite animal to view and spend time with and this particular afternoon was no different.
One of the Young Male Lions from the Talamati Pride gazes down from an elevated section of the road while a few of the females were playing in the river beneath us.
Having just found the Three Rivers Female early one morning she climbed this termite mound in order to gain a vantage point to help her in the search for her male cub. Constantly calling for her cub.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
Blending in very well to its surroundings, this kudu bull made use of a well-vegetated termite mound, where it has a height advantage to search for any danger but also can remain somewhat concealed.
A lioness from the Ntsevu Pride paused in the late evening light as she heard Ndzenga Males calling in the distance.