Another week has come and gone at Londolozi and winter has really started showing its teeth as we have hit a new yearly low of 5.2 degrees Celsius. The cold winter air thrust upon your face as the dawn breaks is the perfect way to get the day going. In the heart of winter, the golden hues from the rising and setting sun are a photographer’s dream adding vibrance and warmth to the photographs. The variety in our sightings over the past week has been incredible as the larger predators take full advantage of the long cool mornings and we often see them moving around late into the morning, covering huge distances. Elephants and buffalos take advantage of the still-saturated landscape as a result of all the late rain we received. We use some great shots of the abundant birdlife to help punctuate the shots of the larger subjects giving a great all-round representation of the week in the bush.
Lion activity has been the best it has been in a long time, with lots of different coalitions moving through the property. I believe that the presence of the Skorro Young Male and Talamati Pride has made these movements happen. By movements, I am referring to the Ndzhenga Males venturing as far west into Londolozi as I ever recall them doing, the Gijima Males moving in from the south, and factions of the Ntsevu Pride being found all over the show.
The Xinzele Female and her daughter have been seen frequently in the northern parts of Londolozi. Growing in confidence on a daily basis, it will be interesting to see what’s next for the young female. The Plaque Rock Female has also been making her presence known as we have heard her calling a couple times while on territorial patrols.
A Young Male Cheetah seems to be making the southwestern grasslands his own in the past couple of weeks. We spent the afternoon with him unfortunately missing a heard of impala while hunting.
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