In this week’s particularly predator-dense selection of photographic highlights, we cannot help but start off with the exciting news of us finally finding one of the Ntsevu Female’s dens. It had been a long hard search but eventually, we were rewarded with a stunning sighting of five little lion cubs. Lions make up a good portion of this TWIP, with the Ntsevu Sub-adult Males looking fantastic, the Talamati Pride moving through the area too, the Ndzenga Males around and looking well, and the Nkuhuma Sub-adults thriving too.
Leopards appear to be around every corner and making the most of the new young impala lambs and kudu calves. Or simply just resting in the limbs of marula trees. either way, the leopard viewing has been fantastic.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Talamati Pride have been spending more time roaming the lands of Londolozi, here one of the lionesses lies just a few metres away from our vehicle with another just beyond her, as you can see a paw sticking up into the air.
The impressive Flat Rock Male rests in a murula tree with a kudu carcass draped beneath him. It is unusual to see a leopard with a young kudu calf carcass. Kudu’s senses are so astute and would be difficult to close enough to catch one. Just highlighting how stealthy leopards can be.
A dominant male leopard over the majority of the north. He originally took over the 4:4 Male's territory when he died.
A cheetah on a fallen marula tree is seeming to become an iconic Londolozi Cheetah shot, this male cheetah hopped up onto a fallen marula tree to scan the surrounding grasslands in the late afternoon. Possibly looking for any last hunting opportunities or ensuring there was no danger nearby before settling down for the evening.
This White-Crested Helmetshrike and his/her chicks had us captivated as we stumbled upon them while off-roading through a Bushwillow thicket. As cooperative breeders, the chicks are reared by both sexes as well as assisted by helpers in the flock.
Utilising termite mounds for a similar reason to the fallen marula tree also allows for great black-and-white opportunities thanks to the contrast of the spotted coat coupled with the clear backgrounds.
After a long hard search we were delighted beyond belief to find one of the Ntsevu Female’s dens of five little lion cubs.
We spent some fantastic time watching the little cubs suckle from their mother before adventuring around little further.
An extremely tolerant large male buffalo endures a number of Red-billed Oxpeckers hopping around his face in search of any ectoparasites- parasites living on the buffalo’s skin.
The Nkoveni Female resting under the canopy of a well-shaded marula tree on a hot summer’s day. We are starting to see her venture further into Londolozi, I wonder if it is in an attempt to secure more territory as she cedes some of her own to her daughters.
A gorgeous female who is found to the east of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
This is the scene we arrived at after hearing a Wahlberg’s Eagle’s alarm call in the distance, the Three Rivers Female scanning her surroundings for any potential prey.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
Over the past week, we have enjoyed an abundance of elephants and some great sightings. In this particular one, we managed to get low and capture a stunning perspective of this young male.
The Senegal Bush male pauses and looks our way for a moment before continuing to drink.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
Giraffe calves although born weighing in at nearly 100kg (220lbs) are dwarfed by their mothers. We guestimated that this young giraffe was about a week or two old only just reaching the height of her tail.
An enormous crocodile basking on the banks of a watering hole.
A couple of wildebeest quench their thirst from a mud wallow in the company of a few ducks and a Blacksmith Lapwing.
Licking his lips to finish cleaning himself after a period of feeding on the kudu carcass.
A White-backed Vulture perches upon a dead knobthorn tree in the warm, late afternoon sun
A scene of serenity as a male lion quenches his thirst. The ripples cascading outwards draw the attention back to the lion as he drinks.
As the morning began to warm up significantly this herd of elephants swiftly headed towards Weaver’s Nest Pan for a drink.
A herd of impala walking nearby, very quickly got the attention of these two Nkuhuma Young Males.
Now, new fathers of a number of different litters of cubs, the Ndzenga Males have held their own up until now. The big question is whether will they be able to hold on for long enough for the Ntsevu Females to raise these cubs successfully.
The Ntomi Male has developed a habit of sticking around the same area for a few days at a time, making him a regular find. Largely independent now, but still moving within his mother’s territory, we should expect him to start exploring further abroad in the coming months.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
We had only been following the Xinkhova female a short while when she leapt into the darkness and reappeared with this impala lamb. We couldn’t believe our luck! She then wisely headed straight up the nearest tree to catch her breath and enjoy her prize.
A stunning young female with a very similar spot pattern to her mother, the Nkoveni Female. Litter still completely intact March 2022.
The Ntsevu Sub-adults are doing a superb job of sneaking beneath the radar and buying their time. They are now all growing into impressive young males, but will likely still be a while before they are able to claim a territory of their own.
The Senegal Bush Male snarls at a hyena that was waiting beside the tree in which he had a hoisted impala kill. Safe to say the hyena heeded the warning…
A Ntsevu Lioness gazes back toward the rest of her pride after awakening from her day of slumber
The Ximungwe Duo walk away from our vehicle in the late afternoon sun. Although now fully independent, the Ntomi Male has been seen with his mother on the odd occasion.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.