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A leopardess tries to decide if some nearby impala are worth disturbing her rest for. Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Henrico Muller
A Cape fox family enjoys the coolth of the late afternoon. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Andrew Aveley
Stunning natural beauty represented by an eastern blue mother-of-pearl. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Ricardo Ferreira
Flooding in the Sossusvlei area sent raging torrents all the way down to Deadvlei. The desert quickly sucked up the water leaving only a few puddles to reflect the sand dunes standing watch. Deadvlei, Namibia. © Andrew Schoeman
A leopard makes a jungle gym of her meal. Khwai Community Concession, Botswana. © Shaun Malan
Perfect dawn in the Eastern Cape. Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa. © Anja Gröbel
A female Thyenula jumping spider observes with colourful fangs, hairs and scales. Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa. © Christian Brockes
A pair of white-throated swallows in flagrante delicto. Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Darren Donovan
Crash of white rhino enjoying a dust snooze. Kenya. © Dave Cooper
‘Frankly, that seems absurd’. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Dr Ralf Tobias
Greater double-collared sunbird in my garden. Elandskraal, KZN, South Africa. © Egmund Dedekind
A clever black-backed jackal who has mastered the art of catching not-so-clever, thirsty sandgrouse. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Gonnie Myburgh
Not willing to share. Khwai Community Concession, Botswana. © Shaun Malan
High dunes in the Tsauchab River valley – an ephemeral river in the Hardap region of Namibia that rises in the southern Naukluft Mountains and flows west through the Sesriem canyon and into Sossusvlei. Namibia. © Günter Brettschneider
This hole was probably caused by an infection. Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Henrico Muller
Mineral deposits, floating brine and flying flamingos reflect the sunlight to produce a constantly changing scene. Lake Magadi, Kenya. © Zhugang Zheng
A sunrise scavenge of eland long rib. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Johan Kloppers
Black-backed barbet focused on a little bee. Kolwezi, Lualaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Kirkamon Cabello
A Mozambique forest tree frog clings to a bromeliad leaf. iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. © Mariska de Wit
‘What did you say to me?’ Tawny eagle eye-balling a wasp. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Lars Roes
The thick of the madding crowd. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Laurent Nilles
A leopardess and her nyala calf quarry just prior to the killing bite. Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Liam Rainier
A precious fennec fox in the heart of the Tunisian desert. © Marcello Galleano
A Natal forest tree frog. Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa. © Morne Carstens
Alpha male with blood-stained face returns from a successful hunt. Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe. © Quinn Kloppers
An imperious red-headed agama. Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda. © Ricardo Ferreira
Waiting for rain. Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. © Samuel Cox
A carpet of yellow devil’s thorn after the desert rains. Namib Desert, Namibia. © Andrew Schoeman
Suri people on the Omo River in the evening. The Suri have lived in the Ethio-Sudan border area for many generations surviving through a combination of livestock herding, hunting and gathering, rain-fed cultivation of millet, corn, and sorghum and the garden cultivation of legumes, spice plants, peas and beans. Omo River, Ethiopia. © Zay Yar Lin
A memory of celebration – the discarded wings of hundreds of termite alates the morning after their nuptial flight. Khwai Community Concession, Botswana. © Shaun Malan
November sunrise at Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders), Zimbabwe. © Sondre Asdøl
Carpet viper. Shaba, Kenya. © Stephen Spawls
Fight in the morning light. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Thorsten Hanewald
A golden monkey drying out on a branch following a storm. Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Rwanda. © Tom Nicholson
Zebra politics in Mkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa. © Wolf Avni
Sometimes, all we need is a hug. This oxpecker was cleaning its beak on the horn. Caught at the right time, it looks like the bird is giving the rhino a hug. South Africa. © Zaheer Ali
This lioness lost the sight in one eye to a porcupine quill, but her skills as a mother appear undiminished. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. © Gonnie Myburgh
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