African Wildlife: As Leopards Exit Trees, Exotic Birds Watch Lions, Cheetah and Mating Chameleons

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We spent our first evening drive with the lions, starting with the very handsome Dark-Maned Majingilane (followed by a sighting of an impressive Martial Eagle) and, not much later, we came across the Sparta Pride, who were having a nice nap (all but the cubs, who were too busy climbing fallen trees) before eventually being joined by a couple of the Majingilanes and wandering off to hunt in the early evening, leaving the cubs in the care of one of the lionesses. And leopards…climbing trees and exiting them.

Exiting the Tree

Dark Maned Majingilane Male Lion

Dark Maned Majingilane Male Lion

Martial Eagle taking off

Martial Eagle taking off

Sparta Cub

Sparta Cub

We then spent several days bouncing from sighting to sighting, almost as if the animals were lining up waiting to see us, particularly the leopards: the Dudley Riverbank Female and her cub; the Ximpalapala Female and her 3 cubs; the Tugwaan Male; the Vomba Female and her cub; the Nottens Female; the Maxabene 3:3 Young Male; the Camp Pan Male; and, on our last drive (thanks to determined tracking by Freddy, assisted by Dean, who had joined us for the drive) a fleeting glimpse of the Mashaba Female and her cub.

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Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

The Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

The Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

Vomba Female and Cub

Vomba Female and Cub

Vomba Female and Cub

Vomba Female and Cub

The Tugwaan Male

The Tugwaan Male

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Mashaba Female’s Cub

The Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

The Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male

The Dudley Riverbank Cub

The Dudley Riverbank Cub

My favorite leopard sighting, though, was of the Ximpalapala cubs: when we drove up to them, we wondered why they were all up in the trees, and we soon found out why. One of them decided to come down but had barely touched the ground before scrambling madly back up to safety, having encountered a rather large hyena!

The third Ximpalapala Cub

The third Ximpalapala Cub

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Exiting the Tree

Returning to Safety

Returning to Safety

Two Ximpalapala Leopard Cubs

Two Ximpalapala Leopard Cubs

My other favorite sightings were the beautiful male cheetah on a kill:

Cheetah Kill

Cheetah Kill

Cheetah Kill

Cheetah Kill

The Male Cheetah frequenting Londolozi

A Male Cheetah and a Pied Kingfisher fishing in the pond (unfortunately, I missed the actual splash:)

Pied Kingfisher taking off

Pied Kingfisher taking off

As you know, I love the birds, and I saw plenty on this visit:

European Bee Eater

European Bee Eater

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

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Water Dikkop

A Pair of Woodland Kingfishers

A Pair of Woodland Kingfishers

African Jacana

African Jacana

Wahlberg's Eagle Perched on Branch

Tawny Eagle Perched on Branch

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

And, as for the larger and smaller animals:

Zebra Profile

Zebra Profile

Curious Zebras overlooking Sparta

Curious Zebras overlooking Sparta

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A Pari of Mating Chameleons

A Pair of Mating Chameleons

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Hippo Tonsils

Hippo Tonsils

The Marine Oxpecker

The Marine Oxpecker

Written and Photographed by Henry Smith who shot these at Londolozi in Southern Africa

Rich Laburn
Rich Laburn is filmmaker, photographer and writer who is based at Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. Spending his time capturing scenes of the wild and communicating the beauty of the African bushveld, he runs the Londolozi Blog as a way to entertain and engage people wishing to visit these wild lands.
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One Response to African Wildlife: As Leopards Exit Trees, Exotic Birds Watch Lions, Cheetah and Mating Chameleons

  1. Cindy Carlsson January 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    These are just beautiful pictures!

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