This week we find ourselves immersed in gorgeous golden light that saturates most of the images that have made it through in this week’s selection. The recent rains have not only quenched the parched earth but brought about a definitive zest for life that has filtered through every being on Londolozi. Animals of all shapes and sizes are thriving and looking in immaculate health. From the smallest of mongooses to the largest of elephants, it is a spectacular time to be on safari.
In the form of what to expect this Week in Pictures, an abundance of predators makes it through. Starting with three of the Ndzhenga Males were found together after a long evening’s territorial patrol. Leopards have lived up to their names with the Senegal Bush Male being found a few times as he goes about his territorial patrols too. The Ntomi Male, or Ximungwe Young Male for those that are not used to his new name yet, stay tuned for more this coming Monday. The Plaque Rock Female has actually been fairly scarce of late, so it was great to see her again resting on a termite mound.
We also thoroughly enjoy an afternoon with the wild dogs as they move through the property once again.
In other news there is an abundance of elephants around and many of them with very young calves which always makes for good viewing. They are such entertaining little ones to watch.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
Three of the Ndzhenga Males rest in the shade of a large river thorn acacia near a waterhole. We have not seen these three males all together for quite some time and so we were delighted to see them all together when we eventually found them.
While driving along the river we came across this herd of elephants, within which there were a number of tiny young calves that kept us entertained for a while.
There is something particularly striking about zebra in the golden light. The contrast between the black and white stripes seems to stand out a little more.
After spotting something rustling in the grass at the base of the termite mound, the Ntomi Male was quick to his feet and began stalking.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
A memorable afternoon was spent following the wild dogs across the crests in the northern parts of the reserve. After catching a small scrub hare they had flushed out of the long grass, we watched as they eyed out a herd of impala in the distance.
Wild dogs always appear to have a playfulness about them.
The Senegal Bush Male settles on a termite mound to groom at eye level to the vehicle, which is always a great photographic opportunity.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
Zebra stallions are highly competitive with each other. They will challenge other males for the right to claim one of their females. In these battles, the males rear up, bite kick and do whatever they can to overpower and subdue the rival. In these bouts, males will often bite at the rump and can in fact snip off the tail of the opponent. This little interaction was a lot milder and the zebras were just playing.
A curious mongoose peaks out of a termite mound hole while covered in spider webs.
With its mother just out of the frame, this little inquisitive elephant calf held its trunk up to the air hoping to work out what we are. However, using its trunk for this advanced form of sensory input is slightly beyond this little guy.
Kyle and Jerry positioned their guests perfectly for a walk-by from the Senegal Bush Male as he crossed the airstrip.
With the morning light shining through a layer of mist, this wildebeest slowly moved up the slope feeding on the delectable new grass shoots.
A couple of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers perch on the back of a buffalo peak over the top of its back in the afternoon light.
The textures of the skin of a large elephant bull are fascinating.
While we sat with the Ntsevu Breakaway Pride feeding on the remains of a giraffe kill, we watched as several hyenas make their way into the area – curious and eager to try their luck at getting close to the kill.
Still a little wobbly on its legs, this young elephant looked up and was perfectly framed by its mother’s trunk and front legs.
Shortly after leaving the camp on our morning game drive, expert tracker Equalizer spotted the Plaque Rock Female lying atop a termite mound not even two minutes after leaving camp!
A pretty young playful female found along the river to the east of camp
It is certainly entertaining watching the boisterous nature of young male elephants, the tussle and play non-stop.
The Senegal Bush Male walks with a purpose towards our vehicle. You could tell his intention was now to patrol his territory.