Another week passes by. This week we have an action-packed time with the mother cheetah and her young male successfully bringing down an impala in plain sight. A Ndzhenga Male roams around in search of his coalition partners or the Ntsevu Females and walks along the edge of a waterhole.
The large herd of buffalo has graced the southern grasslands a number of times with a few impressive large males leading the way. We have a brief period where the wild dogs were seen before moving off again. Everything else from the tallest, giraffe, through to the smallest, Mongoose make it into this week.
On the leopard front, the Ximungwe Female and Nkoveni Female are found as they relax in various places. But the Nkoveni Young Female A rewards us with a spectacular sighting as she walks through a clearing in front of a large herd of elephants.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
One of the Ndzhenga Males sits with a regal posture, while he takes a brief rest before continuing his search for either his coalition partners or a few females.
The Ximungwe Female lies on top of a termite mound as a swarm of flies gathers on her nose. With the remains of her kill safely in a nearby tree she digested her food from the comfort of the ground below.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
An impala ewe draws its last breath after being chased down by a female cheetah in the late afternoon.
While feasting on the impala, the cheetahs were very wary of everything going on around them. Rightfully so, the smell of the blood and flesh will attract a number of different predators.
The Nkoveni Female rests on a slim branch of a marula tree after feeding on a part of her impala kill hoisted just above her.
A gorgeous female who is found to the east of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
A large buffalo bull is one of the first of more than a thousand individuals in the herd to approach a large waterhole in the late afternoon.
With this pack of wild dogs now moving enormous distances each day, we rarely see them. And so when they do come onto Londolozi there is huge excitement to get across and see them.
After seeing a number of vultures perched in a dead tree in the distance, we went to investigate. Upon getting closer, the largest vulture, the Lappet-faced Vulture took flight stretching its enormous wings.
The Nkhuma Male has returned to Londolozi with his father/uncle. Let’s hope they hang around and make this more permanent.
The smallest carnivore in Africa is the dwarf mongoose. Propped up on a log as a sentry, keeping an eye out for any danger while the rest of the business forages around it.
The Ximungwe Female moved through some thicker vegetation, as the light was softening and this little window allowed me to capture her against a dark background with a somewhat mystical feel to it.
A female giraffe pauses temporarily from feeding and takes a moment to gaze down at our vehicle
A Red-billed Oxpecker sits perfectly framed by a buffalo’s horns. If I’m honest, I didn’t actually plan this shot and was in fact just trying to capture the amazing length and curl in the buffalo’s horn. The next thing I knew, there was an oxpecker perched in the background.
One of the Nkoveni Young Females walks confidently past a large breeding herd of elephants on an open crest.
A stunning young female with a very similar spot pattern to her mother, the Nkoveni Female. Litter still completely intact March 2022.
A buffalo bull performs what’s known as a flehmen grimace. By inhaling the scent of another buffalo – likely a female in this case – he activates his Jacobson’s Organ on the palate of his mouth which allows him to register the pheromonal messages within the scent.
Not too long after finding him, he walked along the edge of this waterhole with a great reflection.
A Little Bee-eater takes off from its perch in an attempt to catch an unsuspecting insect down below.