One week into the festive season, and let’s be honest this one doesn’t disappoint. There is a certain excitement in the air at Londolozi at the moment, whether it is just as a result of the time of year, the prospects of new male lions arriving to stir the pot, the odd thunderstorm in the distance, the enthusiasm of the impala lambs and wildebeest calves prancing around, the hum of activity of all the small things, the summer dawn chorus or simply that it is the fact that it is nearly Christmas and we get to all enjoy a fun festive and loving time of the year.
The Plains Camp Males have been seen once again on Londolozi and are becoming a more regular feature to the west of our camps, could they be detecting the absence of the Northern Avoca Males, no longer hearing them calling or smelling their scent, realising that the prime territory in the north is now vacant and up for the taking?
The Ntsevu Young Males show off their impressive hunting skills with only three of them bringing down a buffalo cow in half an hour, allowing them to feast on it for a few days.
Elephants gracefully roam every corner of the property, indulging in the flush of new vegetation, and the abundance of water around certainly makes for an inviting place to cool off on a warm afternoon.
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The Plains Camp Males are spending more and more time on Londolozi as they push their territory further east. Have they detected that the Northern Avoca Males are no longer around and calling? will they shift further east and claim the northern parts of Londolozi? Only time will tell.
The Martial Eagle is the largest eagle found in these parts. With a wingspan of 2.5 meters (8 ft), weighing in at around 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) and a lethal set of talons, they truly are the king of skies!
Covered in blood one of the Plains Camp Males strides powerfully across to his brother on an elevated ridge allowing for a magnificent shot of him.
Two excitable elephants splash around and play in a waterhole, cooling off on a particularly warm afternoon.
Fully submerged within a waterhole was probably the best place for this adolescent elephant to be. He certainly does make it look inviting.
A close-up view of a Three-banded Plover, highlighting the bright red eye-ring.
A low-angle shot of a lone zebra drinking from a small waterhole.
A pair of giant plated lizards sun themselves on the warm rocks, a perfect way for a reptile to absorb heat both from the sun and through its belly on the rocks.
After successfully chasing down a herd of impala and finishing off the carcass the pack of wild dogs then quenched their thirst at a nearby waterhole before settling down for the day in the shade nearby.
Kyle Gordon and his guests watch on as herd of elephants depart the Sand River.
The Xinkhova Female has become a regular sight on one of the open marula crests in eastern Londolozi. Let’s hope she’s able to squeeze a territory in between her mother and the Three Rivers Female who resides to the south.
A stunning young female with a very similar spot pattern to her mother, the Nkoveni Female. Litter still completely intact March 2022.
Late into the morning drive, we came across a large herd of elephants in the Sand River. Splashing around and drinking to cool down.
The texture of an elephant’s dry wrinkly skin, crusted with old desiccated mud.
A lion’s eye in the grass and flowers.
Impala herds are around every corner at the moment and scenes like this make them all the more spectacular.
We watched on as three of the Ntsevu Young Males brought down an adult buffalo cow. They managed to overpower her after about 30 minutes.
The lush new growth after the recent rains is providing delectable nourishment for the likes of these two warthogs.
We seem to say this every week, but the Three Rivers Young Male is certainly turning out to be a very impressive young male leopard.
One of two cubs to survive, the sister lost at five months. Still dependent on his mother, but is growing into an impressive young male.