This past weekend we ran our first official Instagram takeover by the unbelievably talented @lara.jess during her trip to Londolozi. We hope you have enjoyed her photos and if not follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated on more #IAtakeovers like this.
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I'm working on a theory. I'll call it "The Arborists". It goes something like this: the leopards and lions of #Londolozi have a thing for beautiful trees. Due to this penchant they have made a pact with the elephants – any tree they claim as their own, the elephants have agreed to leave alone; any tree they earmark will keep its bark intact; keep its roots in the ground. The lions are doing their part by hiding their tiny cubs in a koppie. An exquisite fig, safe now, watches over the nursery, grateful for the pride's choosing. And the leopards – the leopards are the biggest tree-huggers of all (we'll forgive their affinity for meat – who said environmentalists HAD to be vegetarians anyway?). The leopards are doing the lion's share (I couldn't resist) of the guarding. It's no fluke that they drag their kills up the most beautiful of trees. It's no secret that leopards are tree-snobs. Just yesterday I was watching a leopard with a hoisted nyala kill in a giant Sausage Tree. Boisterous as they are, a big elephant appeared through a thicket causing the leopard to look up from her perch. And you know what I think her stare conveyed? I think she was saying, "No, sorry, I've shot-gunned this one." If you doubt my theory, take a look at my photo again and then try tell me she doesn't look besotted. @Londolozi @lara.jess #safari #kruger #sabisands #africatravel #travel #leopard #africa #iconicafrica
The large herd of buffalo @londolozi found the Mangane pride trying to sneak up on them and promptly chased them for 500 meters, turning the traditional tables on the lions. This buffalo however got slightly ahead of himself and almost got caught while retreating to the safety of the herd. #iconicafrica #IAtakeover #londolozi #kruger #sabisands #lion #buffalo @lara.jess
"My brother is doing 'A Big Year'. For those who don't know that means he's trying to see or hear as many bird species as he can in one year. So far he's on 235. (He's in the lead – competing with two friends.) Our game drives at #Londolozi don't get far without him asking to stop so he can look through his binoculars at some flicker of feathers. This right here is a saddle billed stork. We saw him late in the drive when our spotlight swept passed the dam. If there's one thing I can't resist taking a photo of, it's a good reflection. When a reflection has bright colours, well, that's me – eye to the viewfinder. And isn't he just glorious?!" @lara.jess @londolozi #iconicafrica #londolozi #africa #travel #kruger #birding #birdwatching
Every pack has their runt. The smallest hyena in the litter. You may think its mother is being kind to it, picking it up, but she was actually denying this pup access to her milk in favor of the two larger pups. Only once the other two have had their fill would she let this small feisty pup feed. Not to be denied, the smallest of the litter squeals around its mother determined to survive, often bullying the larger pups to do so. #londolozi #kruger #hyena #runtofthelitter @lara.jess @londolozi
"This trip to #londolozi, I found myself declaring, "That's the best looking giraffe I've ever seen." And then soon after, "That rhino is seriously good looking." And "That's got to be the most gorgeous waterbuck around." Maybe I just forgot how beautiful wildlife is. Or maybe they are indeed the finest example of their species. I think it may be the latter because my admiration did not extend to a particular ostrich who was rather tatty, having taken self-grooming to a unhealthy extreme." @lara.jess #Kruger #safari #giraffe #travel #africa
We hope you enjoyed all the photos and video from our first Instagram takeover. Please let us know in the comments section what you thought and if you would like to experience a trip like this.
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