Week in Pictures: Spots, Stripes, and Scales on Safari

Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand, Greater Kruger Park

It’s been another week for the books with remarkable leopard activity, dust bathing elephants and impressive antelope to take our breath away. Take a look at the latest on the newcomers if you missed it this week:

Inyathini captured from below as his salivating jaws show his intention as a predator in the Sabi Sand

A regal kudu bull ambles across the open plain, showing off his spiralling horns

Hlarulini female leopard sends a penetrating glare across the veld from her spot in a marula tree

A one-tusked elephant tosses his trunk over his head, expressing his joy mid-dust bath

Africa on Foot, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

New arrivals on the lion front and some out of this world leopard activity are the highlights of this week, and we are never short of adorable animal activity in the form of elephants and a host of other species.

A lioness poses in the act of the Flehmen grimace

A young kudu stands shyly in the thicket just long enough to capture the moment before dashing off into the bush

Baby elephant rushes across the open area at an adorable trot

A leopard stops to drink at a pan after feasting on an impala kill in the Klaserie

Ezulwini Game Lodges, Balule Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

A handsome portrait of a tawny eagle as it surveys the surroundings

A young pride of lions crosses the road as Ezulwini guests approach from a distance

Chavaluthu male leopard poses gracefully in the fork of a marula tree as the sun shines its last light on him

A herd of elephants moves through the bush and one catches the golden light of the afternoon

nThambo Tree Camp, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

African wild dog gazes up at guests on a game viewer

A puff adder camouflages itself in the grass showing us to keep our eyes peeled!

Elephants engaging in socialisation behaviour, leaving onlooking guests in awe

Bush baby illuminated on night drive in the Klaserie

John Chase Safaris, Central Kalahari, Botswana

The iconic Kalahari gemsbok, or oryx, posing in the glowing sunset in Deception Valley as guests enjoy the view

The springbok antelope, named for its incredible ability to jump and stot.

The world's heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard, elegant in the afternoon sun

Bat-eared fox - a special sight in Deception Valley