It’s been another week of thundershowers and grey skies, but we have been treated to some incredible lion and leopard sightings!
While the Styx Pride continued to be seen in the central parts of Londolozi, we had a rather unique morning where we came across one of the young lionesses up in a Marula tree. Stay tuned for the full story on this in the upcoming weeks. The Ntsevu lionesses continue to provide us with incredible sightings in open clearings, such as the interactions with their inquisitive and playful cubs.
More excitingly, however, this week we have managed to have some incredible male leopard sightings. This includes the Senegal Bush Male on a termite mound in incredible afternoon light, as well as both the Ntomi Male and Three Rivers Young Male who were both spotted lying up in trees. As seen in the images below, it was amazing to find the Three Rivers Young Male with a kill we presume he had made and hoisted himself!
In addition to the predators, the general game around our water holes continues flourishing after all this rain.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A Lion in a tree! My guests and I were pleasantly surprised to find one of the Styx Pride members in a Marula tree.
The lioness then slowly made her way down the tree. Take a look at those claws!
The lioness eventually descended the tree, finding it quite challenging in the process… This was a memorable sighting!
The Sand River is still flowing tremendously after the record rains we had in the first two weeks of February. Given the current level of the river, we have seen the territorial Senegal Bush Male frequently patrolling south of his territory likely as he is unable to cross North of the river. Apart from a slight injury on his upper lip, he is in great condition.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
The energetic Ntomi male was found this week near a waterhole that burst its banks after a massive downpour. As the weather cleared, we watched him stalk into the shallows and retrieve a terrapin. He played with it for a short period but lost interest and disappeared into a drainage line.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
My Guests and I were very fortunate to watch the Ntomi male playfully and restlessly jump between the branches of this Marula tree.
Capturing the unique freckle in the Ntomi Male’s left eye as he rests in a Marula tree.
A Zebra approaches a pan for a drink after cautiously scanning the waters edge.
The Three Rivers Young Male spotted with a hoisted Impala ram. It is very impressive to see this still dependent young male making his own kills.
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.
After watching him feed, the Three Rivers Young Male poses perfectly in the fork of the tree.
The Three-banded Plover is a tiny wader that often goes unnoticed on the waters edge due to its size. However, when viewed through Binoculars or a long lens its beautiful details and distinctive three bands can be admired.
A huge male Giraffe stares out towards the setting sun behind large rain clouds.
A young Ntsevu Cub latches onto one of the four teats that an adult lioness has to satisfy its hunger. Lions will nurse their cubs for 7 – 8 months before weening their milk and switching to a protein diet.
After the feeding was over, the mother got to her feet and walked along the road in front of us and without hesitation, the cubs followed her. When she lay down, all the cubs glanced towards us.
One of the Ntsevu Lioness with a prominent milk pouch glances across a clearing to keep her cubs out of harms way
Four well-behaved cubs!
As each week passes, we are getting treated to better sightings of the Ntsevu cubs. They are getting stronger and more playful as can be seen here with one cub scrambling along the back of its mother.
Three Ntsevu cubs gather around their mother in anticipation for a feeding frenzy. The moment before this picture was taken, saw the mother contacting calling towards a thicket and then four cubs came bundling through the long grass.