This week has seen a cold front sweep across the Lowveld, cooling temperatures and gracing the land with a blanket of moisture from which we can already see the greenery dominate. However, with the cloud cover comes an opportunity to capture images with a much flatter contrast, the highlights and shadows are not as emphasized. Of course, when the sun finally peaks out we are thrilled.
The wildlife seems to thoroughly enjoy this cooler weather and has been seen moving later into the morning, getting going earlier in the afternoons and resting out in the open when they do decide to take a nap. On the lion front, the Ntsevu Sub-adults have been lurking along the Sand River for the entire week and after a few good meals, they certainly do look particularly impressive. The two Ntsevu Females and two sub-adults from the Birmingham Males pop up to the east of the camp.
On the leopard front, the gorgeous Plaque Rock Female climbs into a dead knobthorn tree to gain a vantage point, sightings like this are what the rangers live for. The Ntomi Male seems to be slotting into the typical newly independent male leopard behaviour pattern of lurking around the same waterholes and not yet venturing too far afield from his mother territory. His confidence will grow and he will “move out” at some point in the near future though. The Ximungwe Female can now go back to the normal life of a female leopard and not have to worry about caring for this young male.
The Flat Rock Male is once again seen on a territorial patrol and looking impressive and the menacing Senegal Bush Male also features in a close-up.
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A pretty young playful female found along the river to the east of camp
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 dominant male leopard over the majority of the north. He originally took over the 4:4 Male's territory when he died.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.