Welcome to this Week in Pictures where we find a striking selection of images making it into the top picks. After a period of a couple of weeks with little rain and rising temperatures, the new flush of green growth rapidly wilted and started browning. This week saw the heavens open and deliver a welcomed dose of rain to revive bushveld. It is truly amazing to see how quickly the vegetation responds to moisture. It felt like a matter of hours later the greenery was back and dominating the landscape.
With the rain, there has been a few days of overcast weather which changes the photographic experience, allowing one to capture images that do not have as defined highlights and shadows.
Anyways, this week we see another mating bout between one of the Ndhzenga Males and a Ntsevu Female on the Londolozi airstrip, quite a sight to see these two amicable lions. The Tsalala Female also features on the lion front.
When we turn to leopards, the Nhlanguleni Female perches atop a termite mound while on a territorial patrol. A herd of impala catches the Three Rivers Female’s eye, the Xinkhova Female displays her athleticism while leaping into a marula tree, and is later seen on a termite mound too. The Three Rivers Young Male is being found by himself more and more as his mother moves further and further afield, possibly trying to expand her territory.
We also have the pleasure of a pack of wild dogs moving through the reserve and a male cheetah being found. And we cannot forget the elephants with their playful youngsters burying their faces into the mud, or the warthog piglets, or birdlife and kudu bulls having a drink.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The magnificent Nhlanguleni Female looks onto the horizon from the safety of a large termite mound.
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 wild dog temporarily pauses and looks back for the rest of his pack whilst moving through the Sand River.
It has been difficult to keep track of which males have mated with which females and when, but the exciting part is that there is likely going to be a lot of little cubs running around Londolozi soon.
Mating lions is always an intense situation, and this particular encounter between this Ndzhenga male and Ntsevu lioness on the airstrip was a sighting I will not forget.
Three Rivers Female gazes toward a herd of impalas that had seen her before she noticed them. The alarm calls caught her by surprise causing her to freeze.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
A family of warthogs spin and run off across a clearing. These cute piglets have only just appeared from their burrows and have stolen the hearts of many visitors!
The Xinkhova Female has stepped right into independent life and appears to be thriving. Roaming around now and being found with a carcass of her own fairly often, this is a great sign.
A stunning young female with a very similar spot pattern to her mother, the Nkoveni Female. Litter still completely intact March 2022.
The energy of a breeding herd of elephants near a water hole or mud wallowing is contagious and always entertaining to witness. Here a small calf enjoys submerging face first into soft mud.
The energy of a breeding herd of elephants near a water hole or mud wallowing is contagious and always entertaining to witness.
A male cheetah perches atop a fallen over dead knobthorn tree in the late afternoon light, a very regal looking pose indeed.
One of the four Ndzhenga Males walks with purpose whilst gazing towards vultures that were flying low to the ground up ahead
Shotrly after quenching his thirst this elephant bull approached the vehicle to investigate before moving on to feed on some vegetation behind the vehicle.
The Tsalala Female has defied all odds and is not just surviving, she is thriving.
The Hooded Vulture is at the bottom of the vulture hierarchy at a carcass and is able to change the colour of its face. It flushes scarlet is a show of aggression as seen here.
We are hopeful that the Xinkhova Female will set up territory permanently on Londolozi and we are able to view her well into the future.
The Three Rivers Young Male is certainly filling out and becoming a very stocky, well-built 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.
A pair of Grey Go-away birds perch on a branch of a dead knobthorn in the late golden afternoon light.
Two kudu bulls spend some time around a waterhole, before this male bent down for a drink.