Our Month on Instagram

This month we look back on our recent trip to East Africa in absolute wonder.  Amongst many magical experiences… we witnessed the miracle of a heart-stopping, awe-inspiring, great migration river crossing! Despite being completely unravelled by East Africa in every way, we also had our very first Instagram takeover by the talented Lara Thomas at Londolozi, and filmed another awesome bush diary video, direct from the heart of the Kruger National Park.

Just in case you’ve missed out… scroll down here for a very quick peek at our month on Instagram.

Happy Friday! With love from sunny South Africa.

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

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"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

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