A wonderful week where leopards steal the limelight and feature heavily in a myriad of different settings, fallen marulas, termite mounds, silhouetted by a magnificent sunset, launching into a tree or the textures and detail of a paw. Either way, they are all magnificent.
On the lion front, we have another glimpse of the tiny Ntsevu cubs as they peer across towards the camera. Wildebeest calves are growing rapidly and a new addition to the giraffe contingent make up the rest.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
After following the Nkoveni Female for a while as she patrolled her territory, seemingly also to be on the hunt, she made use of this fallen marula tree to rest and scan her surroundings before continuing on her way.
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.
Two young lion cubs ventured a few meters away from their mother and curiously glanced in our direction. It is remarkable how quickly these little lion cubs are growing.
The detailed paw of a leopard hanging from a marula branch. Notice the three lobes at the back of the main pad of the paw, this is one of the main features we look at when identifying the track/paw-print in the sand to know that it is a leopard.
We were witness to an action-packed hyena sighting one recent morning. As we drove out of camp we were met by 6 hyenas all steadily trotting in the direction of the river while giving their ‘whooping’ calls. We followed them down to and through the channel of water until we eventually lost them going into a very thick gulley. We can’t be certain what got them excited but my guess would be a bit of clan rivalry.
In a sea of green the Stone Drift Female lifts her head as a herd of impala notice her presence.
Also young and playful but rather with a spot pattern of 3:2. She is slightly bigger than her sister.
A large male giraffe bends down to greet a very young baby while its mother watches on from beyond the baby.
The Ntomi Male carefully climbs up a tall marula tree. From the fork of the tree, he watched as a herd of zebra and wildebeest moved past before finally falling back asleep.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
The Three Rivers Female relaxes on a fallen branch during another spectacular sunset over Londolozi.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
Providing some of the most entertaining game viewing at the moment, the Ntomi Male rests on a fallen marula. With the sun breaking through the clouds, giving us a brief respite from the rain, this was a magical moment.
With several Nsevu Lionesses denning in and around the Sand River, we were greeted by this sight as we peered down through the trees!
After resting here for a while, a large yawn preceded him descending the fallen tree and moving around in search of any prey.
A bird that isn’t normally seen too often and one that we would not expect to be out in the open during the day. This Black-crowned Night Heron waded out onto the causeway to try and catch any fish being washed downstream. Although well illuminated in the image, the sun had already set and I attempted to capture a bit of motion blur with the water flowing fast and the bird remaining dead still.
After moving on from the fallen marula a tall termite mound was the next obstacle on the Nkoveni Female’s list to utilise.
Another amazing summer Sunset at Londolozi