my favourite photos of 2012 – part 2

As the seasons began to change and the rain dried up, the bush started to wither away, grasses went from bright green to a dull brown and we had the addition of new cubs to the Southern Pride. Nottins female leopard still had two cubs but one was lost to an unknown cause but she managed to fight through and keep the other cub safe. A new cheetah also started to show himself, marking territory as he went along leaving us hoping that this highly endangered cat would stick around and make a new home for himself around the reserve.

zebra on the plains at sabi sabi

southern pride of lions at sabi sabi luxury safari lodges

sandriver while on night safari

lioness with cubs at sabi sabi luxury safari lodges

elephant baby while on safari at sabi sabi

kruger male at sabi sabi luxury safari lodges

southern pride of lions at sabi sabi luxury safari lodges

sabi sabi safari landscape

southern yellow billed hornbill at sabi sabi luxury safari lodges

cheetah at sabi sabi luxury safari lodges

brown headed parrots at sabi sabi

kruger male lion on night safari

lioness carrying cub at sabi sabi

beautiful sunset at sabi sabi while on safari

earth hour at sabi sabi

lion cub drinking water on safari game drive at sabi sabi

maribou stork

leopard marking territory at Sabi Sabi

male lion while on safari at sabi sabi

by: Richard de Gouveia (Little Bush Camp ranger)


  1. walker says

    Beautiful set of photos. How old are the sub-adults now and there still six of them? How many little cubs left and are the adults ok? Seems the lone kruger male is doing a great job?

    • ranger rich says

      Walker! They are all alive, two of the sub adults seem to have been ejected from the pride. They are now about 2 and a half maybe a little older. There are only 2 of the last litter of cubs left and two new cubs have joined the pride that belong to floppy ear. All 7 of the females are good except one of them has a bad back leg. Have a wonderful festive season

  2. mark steinberg says

    A wonderful collection of images, Richard. Thanks – as always – for sharing them. Deb and I are looking forward to our return in April and catching up on all the goings on there. Have a great New Year… and here’s to more inspirational photos.

  3. tino says

    unbelievable pictures!You have an amazing talent and an unbelievable eye to capture nature at its best.Your pictures only reinforce my desire to return to sabi sabi. keep them coming.

    • ranger rich says

      Thank you for the flattering comment Tino! So glad you enjoyed them! When you guys going to come visit?

      • tino says

        Cant be soon enough. I know the world cup is not in south africa any time soon but I may just have to return and experience the next world cup sabi sabi style.

  4. leanne says

    Wonderful photos! Thank you! Makes me feel like I am there still! Headed back to Sabi in May with some newbie’s!! approx 14 .. can’t wait to see their faces when on the drives! Your photos and the website are what has convinced some to come with me and have this experience! (I am a travel professional and can’t wait to send more customers to Sabi! I know you take good care of them and the memories are always more than words can describe!) Thank you again for this year of photos!

    • ranger rich says

      Thanks for your comment and the business you send us! I am so glad that the website and social media are helping you and us get more guests!! It is a wonderful place that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime!!

  5. kim apricot playboy says

    Hey come visit and bring Jenna we can get all the group together and have a great time I love your pictures of the lions in profile you are awesome hi to Jenna we miss you guys

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