As we close out another week in the strikingly beautiful wilderness at Londolozi, this selection of images certainly displays the abundance and diversity we share this land with. Lions have undoubtedly shown up in their numbers, particularly the male lions of Londolozi. We have seen the return of the Birmingham Male and Nkuhuma Male. Although difficult to say that they are dominant males, it is believed that they have been heard calling at night. Are they around to stay? Maybe with the one Northern Avoca dying not so long ago and a second facing a brutal encounter with a herd of buffalo on Wednesday, there could be an opening in the north for the Birmingham Coalition to put the last healthy Northern Avoca to the test. However, time will tell and let us see what comes of the Dark maned Avoca Male.
The Ndhenga Males have kept themselves busy while feasting on a large giraffe carcass in the deep south and all the activity around that was fascinating to watch.
Firmly in summer, the small creatures are moving around making the most of the new growth and plentiful water. Elephants and their young roam around entertaining all those nearby.
On the Leopard front, the Senegal Bush Male’s determination in patrolling his territory allows Kyle to capture a great shot of him illuminated against a dark black background. The Nhlanguleni Female is the other leopard to feature as she glances up towards a young impala lamb stashed in a large tree.
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The sun managed to briefly creep out beneath a stormy sky to make for an outrageously stunning scene with the Birmingham male in the foreground.
The Nhlanguleni Female successfully caught a young impala during a recent stormy night. She had it stashed away in a marula tree for a couple of days while she periodically fed. We patiently waited for her to climb the tree but she ended up resting at the base, looking up towards her kill.
Initially skittish she spent a lot of time in the Sand River, now relaxed she makes up the majority of leopard viewing west of camp.
A giant land snail inches its way across the tyre tracks in the road in the early morning post a large thunderstorm.
A large breeding herd congregates around a water hole to quench their thirst.
Having found the larger of the Ndzhenga Males and one Ntsevu Female with an enormous dead male giraffe, we were uncertain of whether they had managed to kill the giraffe or found it dead. But what is incredible is to see the size of a giraffe’s head in comparison to the size of a male lion.
High key in colour definitely accentuates the vibrant greens of the new summer growth.
An elephant’s sense of touch largely depends on the sensitivity of the soles of their feet, having the ability to interpret low infrasonic frequencies as part of their communication amongst species.
The summertime brings out all the most fascinating of small creatures.
A female giraffe keeps a beady eye on the Tsalala Lioness who was lying about 100m away in an open clearing. The backdrop of the fading colours in the evening sky provided a great photographic opportunity.
Although there was more than enough meat to go around and this lion’s belly was full to the max, he would not let any vultures get anywhere near the carcass.
The Senegal Bush Male pauses in an open clearing whilst on his nighttime patrol.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
Curiosity. A tiny elephant calf manages to get his trunk under control for long enough to give our vehicle an inspectorial sniff.
A small journey of giraffes wander around the open grassland near the northern end of the airstrip. We were sitting with the Tsalala Lioness at the bottom of the slope which gave an interesting perspective of the giraffe as they came to investigate.
With this week we welcome some of the first impala lambs.
Nothing better than spending the morning following a lioness on a mission. The adapted lifestyle of the lone Tsalala Lioness sees her mostly moving around and hunting during the daylight hours. This helps her avoid the incessant harassment from hyenas and other predators.
Well bloodied and well gorged, this wild dog soon needed a nap after he and his pack devoured not one but two impala!
One of the Ndhzenga Males battles with the tough skin of a giraffe while trying to feed on some of the meat beneath.
Leopard tortoises have revealed themselves from their hidey-hole to come and feast on the new grass shoots and replenish their fluids after a period of dormancy over the dry months.
With the Ndzhenga Males and the bulk of the Ntsevu Pride feasting on the giraffe recently, we’ve had some fantastic lion viewing. Here, one of the Ndzenga males glances up at a circling vulture above him.
King of the castle. This White-backed Vulture reigned supreme on the ribs of a giraffe carcass for all of two minutes before being dethroned by another.
The sunset silhouette of this wake of vultures was spectacular.
The Birmingham Coalition has been spending a fair amount of time back on Londolozi. Constantly on the move, we are uncertain as to whether they may settle if they will settle at all.
An iconic view of a large dominant male resting out in the open.