Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

CUSTOM photo safari CANYON, REPTILES, BIG CATS, NGALA, MALA MALA and KRUGER - July 2014

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 2nd Jul 2014

This 18 day photo safari included all the photo highlights on offer in and around the Kruger area in South Africa. Everything from landscapes, reptiles and vultures, to the famous “BIG 5” !!

First stop was the Blyde River Canyon for some waterfall and landscape photography, followed by a two night stay at Forest Camp where we enjoyed a full day of African Reptile Photography - many thanks again to Donald for providing us with such a great reptile experience.

Tshukudu Game Reserve, Ngala Private Game Reserve and Mala Mala made up the following 9 nights where we were treated to great and varied sightings of that magnificent cat the Leopard. One of the highlights at Ngala was a visit to the Wilddog den site where we were lucky enough to see all 9 puppies and the adults returning from a successful hunt to regurgitate food for the youngsters. A female Leopard and her two large male cubs as well as two different Lion prides made the stay at Ngala extra special - many thanks to Andrew our ranger and Sam the expert tracker…

At Mala Mala we were once again well looked after by our ranger Brendan - thanks for another awesome stay Brendan !! it started off with a sighting of the small Charleston Pride - two sub adult males and a female - a first for me. Then we had a great run with Leopards, the cub of the Tamboti female, the Kekelezi female with her two cubs, the Nottens female with an impala kill, the West street male and that magnificent Male leopard the “bike”..

The stay was topped off on the final morning with a great sighting with a very small and wobbly baby elephant only a week or so old.

Finally we headed out into the Kruger National Park and based ourselves at Lower Sabie. Sunset Dam and Clyde's pan were on our agenda and we spent many hours sitting at these two bodies of water photographing the birds and mammals as they came down to drink.

Here are a few images from the trip we hope you will enjoy them.

Thanks again to all the staff at the lodges who made our stay so comfortable and to our rangers, Charles at Forest Camp, Matt at Tshukudu, Andrew at Ngala and Brendan at Mala Mala, thanks for getting us into those great positions for some excellent photos !!

A huge thanks to mum for the excellent catering in the Kruger !!

Thanks so much to Larry and Debbie for coming out on your 3rd safari with us, it was an absolute pleasure to have been able to show you around the Kruger area - looking forward to the next trip with you..

Warm regards

Stu

Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon
Bourke's Luck Potholes
Bourke's Luck Potholes
Aloes in bloom
Aloes in bloom
Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon
Swadini Dam
Swadini Dam
Scarlet Chested Sunbird - Forest Camp
Scarlet Chested Sunbird - Forest Camp
White Backed Vulture - Forest Camp
White Backed Vulture - Forest Camp
Boomslang - Reptile Park
Boomslang - Reptile Park
Green Mamba - Reptile Park
Green Mamba - Reptile Park
Black Mamba - Reptile Park
Black Mamba - Reptile Park
Snouted Cobra - Reptile Park
Snouted Cobra - Reptile Park
Jabula - Big Cat Reserve
Jabula - Big Cat Reserve
Male Greater Painted Snipe - Big Cat Reserve
Male Greater Painted Snipe - Big Cat Reserve
Nile Crocodile - Big Cat Reserve
Nile Crocodile - Big Cat Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Den site - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Den site - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting dog puppies playing - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting dog puppies playing - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Adult regurgitating food for the hungry puppies - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Adult regurgitating food for the hungry puppies - Ngala Private Game Reserve
One of the year old Male leopard cubs - Ngala Private Game Reserve
One of the year old Male leopard cubs - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The second male Leopard cub  - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The second male Leopard cub - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The female Leopard with her two large male cubs - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The female Leopard with her two large male cubs - Ngala Private Game Reserve
A sub adult female from the Birmingham Pride - Ngala Private Game Reserve
A sub adult female from the Birmingham Pride - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The "Tekwane" female Leopard - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The "Tekwane" female Leopard - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The two sub adult Male Lions of the Charleston Pride - Mala Mala
The two sub adult Male Lions of the Charleston Pride - Mala Mala
The cub of the Tamboti female Leopard - Mala Mala
The cub of the Tamboti female Leopard - Mala Mala
The Nottens female leopard - Mala Mala
The Nottens female leopard - Mala Mala
Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Mala Mala
Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Mala Mala
Dead tree and stars - Mala Mala
Dead tree and stars - Mala Mala
Bicycle Crossing Male Leopard - "The Bike" - Mala Mala
Bicycle Crossing Male Leopard - "The Bike" - Mala Mala
Baby Elephant - Mala Mala
Baby Elephant - Mala Mala
African Fish Eagle Landing - Kruger National Par
African Fish Eagle Landing - Kruger National Par
Young Hippos fighting - Kruger National Park
Young Hippos fighting - Kruger National Park
Southern Giraffe - Kruger National Park
Southern Giraffe - Kruger National Park
Elephant Herd in the Sabi River - Kruger National Park
Elephant Herd in the Sabi River - Kruger National Park
Spotted Hyaena and reflection - Kruger National Park
Spotted Hyaena and reflection - Kruger National Park
Impala and Reb Billed Oxpecker - Kruger National Park
Impala and Reb Billed Oxpecker - Kruger National Park

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Testimonials We just came back from our photo safari with Wild4 African Photographic Safaris. From our first email exchange with Justyna, to being dropped off at Hoedspruit airport, everything was handled professionally and was so well organized. Our guide for our tailor made safari was Jaco who picked us up at Nelspruit Airport. What we did not expect was we were also greeted by Stu and Justyna, together with their 2 beautiful daughters, Molly & Jenny. Stu and Justyna came just to make a point to meet us and ensured that we were in good hands. Over the next 10 days, we were enriched so much by Jaco's knowledge and experience towards wildlife. I will always remember, but could never understand, how 4 lions made a kill, a cape buffalo, but were chased away by 4 hyenas. But that was exactly what we were told by our guide even before the story was unfolding in front of our eyes. This can only interpret as excellent knowledge of animal behaviour. The sightings were superb and the accommodations were great. We have no hesitation in recommending Wild4. They are genuine, personable and will try their absolute best to make sure that your trip is going to be a memorable one. Thanks again, Wild4, for an amazing trip.

Frank & Annette, CANADA

Testimonials Our trip was awesome….made so, in large part, by WILD4. The wildlife at Kruger was terrific. But, it was your teamwork in the field, your uncanny ability to spot wildlife and your willingness to accommodate our EVERY need that made the trip a resounding success. Stu…you are an extremely knowledgeable guide and a superb photographer. You even taught this old dog some new tricks. Justyna…you made a huge contribution to this trip, with your role as super admin guru and Ann, your wonderful meals were a pleasure to enjoy every evening. We could not have asked for a more talented, thoughtful and gracious group of folks to spend our vacation in South Africa with. We wish you the very best success in your endeavor. Please let us know how we can help to market Wild4 to folks who share our love for wildlife and photography.

Rob & Annarie Schallenberger, USA