Now fully in the swing of winter, the colours are truly standing out making many of the sightings stunning photographic opportunities. Although a somewhat predator-heavy week was perfectly punctuated with a variety of other gorgeous subjects to snap away at. From cheetahs and elephants to fighting wildebeest, peeping mongooses, buffalo and birdlife. This week was fantastic.
On the leopard front, of course, the Ximungwe Young Male makes an appearance, as does the Three Rivers Young Male as they both roam around occupying time while their mothers are out hunting and essentially sourcing their next meal. The Piccadilly Female also popped up having made an impala kill which she had hoisted into a tree, eventually after a long wait she descends. But to start it off we have a large male cheetah utilising a fallen marula to gain ground and scan for prey.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
Gaining the high ground. This cheetah struck an absolutely stunning pose as he climbed this fallen Marula to scan the open grassland ahead.
The climb. The Ximungwe Young Male makes use of a small marula tree to gain a bit of a vantage point to scan around for any potential predators and prey.
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 Ndzhenga Male mid roar on a cool morning.
The Marico Sunbirds seem to rule patches of flowers and often react aggressively toward other sunbird species that try to feed from them.
Illuminated by the golden light of the rising sun, the Ximungwe Young Male lays claim to his mother’s impala kill, of which you can see one limb sticking out from underneath his arm.
The Young Males are providing such great viewing at the moment.
Two wildebeest bulls face to face, one already on its knees ready to engage as they challenge each other for territorial rights.
Some things are left unseen. This female buffalo’s milky blue eye was quite striking.
A business of dwarf mongoose sunbathing to warm up their little bodies before they begin their daily rituals.
The Ximungwe Young Male is almost independent but still has the curiosity of a cub! Here, popping up onto his hind legs to paw at a Community spider web nest had a communal gasp resonate through our vehicle. Leopards balancing on their hind legs like this is a pretty rare sight and only the second time in be ever seen it!
Yellow-billed Hornbill scurrying around on the ground feeding on many different small insects within the grass.
Collared Sunbird blending in perfectly in amongst the orange glow of the aloe flowers.
With the flowers laden with pollen the bees are taking full advantage.
We waited a long time for this gorgeous female to climb down from the Saffron tree that she had hoisted an impala lamb kill into. Here, she makes sure of no approaching danger before hopping down and disappearing from view.
This female is most often encountered near the Sand River to the east of the Londolozi camps.
Butterflies even blend into the bright colours of the flowers.
A large elephant bull reaches high into the boughs of a Marula tree. These trees only fruit in January but the branches and leaves seem to be almost as attractive to these giants.
A curious zebra peeks at us over the back of her herd-mates.
One of the most beautiful resident birds in the area, the White-fronted bee-eater, perches neatly on a thin branch to scan below for any unsuspecting insects.
A young hippo calf catches one of the first rays of sunlight early in the morning and gazes directly towards our vehicle with one of the adults from the same pod nearby.
On our way back to camp, late in the morning, we spotted one of the Nkoveni Young Females sleeping in a large Apple Leaf tree on top of a crest.
Also young and playful but rather with a spot pattern of 3:2. She is slightly bigger than her sister.