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Xinzele 4:4 Female

Xinzele 4:4 Female

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Ndzanzeni 4:3 Female

Ndzanzeni 4:3 Female

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Ntomi 3:3 Male

Ntomi 3:3 Male

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Nkuwa 3:3 Female

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Kirst Joscelyne


At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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All great photographs Kirst. Well done.

Senior Digital Ranger

What beautiful pictures. To many to choose from. The expert trackers picture in black and white is stunning.

Gorgeous photos, Kirst. This week I’m picking the one of Ndzanzeni having a drink….mainly because she’s my no 1 favourite! You say she’s 13, but I saw her in April 2012 when she was 1 month old?

Thank you Suzanne, yes you are correct she was born in early 2012 which would now make her almost 12 years old next year.

Amazing photos. We’re counting the day til our return next year.

Perfect photos, Kirst. All those leopards, the Tsalala lioness, my favorite and the Skore male… I love them all.
They remind me of my last stay.
I am most intrigued by the striped kingfisher with the scorpion.

Thanks, Christa, glad to hear you had a lovely last visit. I must say we were captivated by the little Striped Kingfisher for about 10 minutes.

Loving the wild dogs pups so much! And any pics of that handsome Ntomi Male are just the best! Another great week!

As always, TWIP, brings back so many great memories of our two trips. While I always love pictures of any baby animal, and love the herds of elephants, this time around the picture that caught my eye was the spots and strips…what a contrast! Only wish it had a happier ending for the zebra.

Absolutely stunning photos. While always hard to choose, this week I think my favorite is Skorro male!

Kirst some stunning images this week. I loved the image of the waterbuck. Such a proud buck and absolutely beautiful. The Tsalala female is my favorite lioness and what she has been through is just amazing. Ntomi male leopard has grown up to be such a stunning leopard. Happy Rhino day and thank you to all who is involved in protecting the rhinos from poachers. Well done to them.

I loved your TWIP images this week, Kirst! The Skorro male is a beauty and the Three Rivers young male is impressive! The striped kingfisher is a new one to me and capturing the scorpion kill was a stroke of luck! The wild dog pups are adorable and growing fast!

Thank you Mary Beth. I must say it has been a spectacular week!

These are incredible images this week Kirst. You’ve captured some intriguing detail as well as more intimate shots. I love the Skorro portrait and find the white touches on his paws and face unusual for a lion this age. I wonder if those will darken with time. He is so handsome and would be the perfect mate for Tsalala – their cubs would be amazing – he he survives all the other males surrounding him. Happy to see your post!

What happened to the nkoveni leopards cubs

Tammy, unfortunately, it seems that the Three Rivers female has killed these two cubs. She has been seen mating with the Maxisms male this week, so hopefully, she can raise a litter once more.

The Tsalala female is queen of Londolozi and queen of the pictures. She has no rival. The Skorro young Male should be her king, but the road is hard… the Ndzanzeni female still looks eternal, even in coloured pictures. All big cats are great, the lion cubs closes the series with cuteness and grace after the majestic Tsalala and Skorro. The waterbuck male’s picture is gorgeous, its stunning horns seem to grow more into.the tree branches. The buffalo s eye tells so much: alertness but also a strong and brave attitude. The lilac Breasted roller is an exquisite picture like a glass painting, also the kingfisher and the adult wild dog looks rather dark, menacing, with flesh hanging from its lip and the red reflection in its eye. Disquieting. Hope the waterbuck and the kudu were not nearby!

Thank you so much Francesca

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Cracking photos, notice how in many the photographer has concentrated on being at eye level .

Thanks Ian. Sometimes it portrays a more ‘neutral’ perspective between the subject and the photographer when the terrain and animals allow you to.

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Beautiful set of photos! I really liked the one with all the yellow oxpeckers! You don’t usually see that many together!
I heard you had my fav leopard on your property by the name of Maribye’s. I hope someone got a few pics of him on his way through! At least I hope he’s moving past because you have to many big boys there already and he’s too young to take on that right now!

Thank you, Debra, I unfortunately was not in the sightings but he certainly was an exciting new leopard to see at Londolzoi. I suppose time will tell where he ends up.

I love the buffalo eye. We often see elephant eyes photographed, but not those of buffalo. It felt very intimate. And of course it goes without saying that the Tsalala female is a gorgeous as ever.

Thank you, Chelsea. I must say it was the first time I have managed to capture the eye of a buffalo in so much detail.

A truly amazing TWIP Kirst, thank you so much. The Tsalala female lioness has to be my favourite although its a really tough call.

Thank you so much Jane!

First thank you for the pictures this week. My favorite is the lilac crested roller. Just a magnificent shot.

Thank you, William. There were definitely a few test shots before I managed to capture this one.

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