Over the past week, we have seen some spectacular sightings. Many of which have a dramatic blanket of clouds to intensify the scene. With a fair amount of rain falling, the bushveld is looking stunning. The intense hues of green and gold shine through adding a splash of colour to each image.
A handful of leopards go about their daily lives and are merely caught in the act, starting with the Ximungwe Female as she strolls down a fallen tree in the Maxabeni Riverbed. She is later captured quenching her thirst from a small rock pool. Lastly, on the leopard front is the Three Rivers Female making use of a fallen tree too, in order to scan her surroundings.
Many a game drive has seen a fabulous number of elephants cruising through the clearings gorging themselves on the dense carpet of grass and along with the monkeys, enjoying the odd snack of marula fruit.
And lastly, this week we see a great selection of lion images as the sightings of the Ntsevu Pride and Ndhzenga Males, the Tsalala Female and the Talamati Pride have been great.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The upper gulleys of a dry riverbed called the Maxabene which bisects the Ximungwe Females territory make for ideal leopard habitat. Here, she struts down the fallen trunk of a tree to make a graceful entrance into the sandy riverbed.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
Two young calves in-sync while quenching their thirst.
Ranger Chris Taylor ensures his guests get a front row seat to a continuous stream of lions on a mission.
This monkey found the perfect spot in the fork of the Marula tree to enjoy the fruits.
One of the Ndzhenga Males strides through the grass in pursuit of the six Ntsevu Females.
This small breeding herd of elephants huddle closely as they move through the open area
The Ximungwe female lapping up fresh rainwater from a puddle amongst an area of large granite boulders
This giraffe seemed to have briefly dozed off in the heat of the morning, with a great view of Stwise Koppie in the background.
A herd of elephants amble their way across the Sand River. The landscape is looking lush and green after all the rains we received after New Years.
Juvenile Tawny eagles take approximately 4-5 years to reach full adult plumage. Here a juvenile (warmer brown plumage and darker eye, on the left) is perched next to a typical ‘tawny’ coloured adult.
Six of the Ntsevu females and a trailing Ndhzenga male freeze for a second as they hear something in the distance. Notice all their ears and heads pointing in the same direction.
With many of the Ntsevu females now with noticeable suckle marks, two of the Ndzenga males have been seen with the pride regularly. Here these two lions greet each other with their tails curled.
A lioness from the Talamati pride stalks a journey of giraffe that was behind our vehicle. Unfortunately for her, the rest of her pride wasn’t as intent on hunting as she was and so her efforts bore no fruit (or giraffes for that matter…)
The Tsalala lioness walks towards the setting sun in the Sand River
A Pin-tailed Whydah in full breeding plumage with its tail length reaching up to 20cm.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.