Here at Londolozi and within the broader Sabi Sand Reserve, we are fortunate to have an abundance of animals that traverse this area, including the notorious Big Five. As part of a guest’s stay, we always hope to encounter sightings of these animals namely: lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant.
“The Big Five attracts travellers from all over the world, in my opinion, for a few different reasons: the scarcity of actually finding and viewing these animals at close proximity, the outright beauty and uniqueness of each of animal, and lastly and most importantly, the accomplishment of capturing the “shot” of these animals up close from your camera lens.” – Dan Hirschowitz
On a recent afternoon game drive, we headed into the open grassland area in the hopes of finding a herd of buffalo. After some time of following the tracks of a herd of buffalo without actually finding them, Equalizer somehow managed to spot three white rhinos through his binoculars in the very far distance. After navigating off-road to get a closer view and while sitting with these animals, the afternoon’s energy peaked at a new high. To our amazement, we spotted the Ntomi Male’s paw dangling from the branch of a lone marula tree further in the distance.
As Jess Shillaw recently spoke about in a previous blog, there are some game drives where you get this overwhelming feeling of “being in the right place at the right time.” And this particular afternoon was exactly that.
We spent the rest of the afternoon with the Ntomi Male resting up in the marula tree. While sitting with this young male leopard surrounded by the open grasslands, we watched a dazzle of zebra and a breeding herd of elephants move through the area, completely unaware of the Ntomi Male up in the tree and just going about their business. The afternoon ended up being more than we bargained for, and although we did not end up seeing any buffalo, we ended up seeing three of the other Big Five in one scene. Something that does not happen every day!
After this recent sighting, it got me reminiscing about previous sightings at Londolozi, where we have been incredibly fortunate to encounter more than one of the Big Five animals in the same sighting.
I’ll let the images below highlight some of these previous encounters, which certainly encompass the magic of this part of heaven.
I hope you enjoy…