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..
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My wife and I have been on three photo safaris with Stu. The first trip was the result of a recommendation from a friend. The second and third trips were because Stu did such a good job on the first. He is a thoroughly professional guide and offers such a terrific experience wherever he takes us. Stu shares his extensive knowledge of photography and has made it possible for us to get better photos and expand our understanding of what it takes to capture more of each photographic opportunity. It takes a special person to guide photographers around Africa, keep them comfortable, provide them with the best photo locations at the best time of the day, manage the schedules, vehicles, drivers, flights and food and still remain calmly in control. I think it would be appropriate to call Stu and ultimate professional. He is supported well by Justyna in the office and we anticipate traveling more with Wild4 in the future. You should book a trip with him as soon as you can!
Larry Jackson, USA
The wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm Stu shared was priceless, from identifying birds and pointing out animal behaviors, to stories about Kruger Park past, and of course, answering photography questions day in and day out. You were so patient! I really appreciated the custom photo safari vehicle and thoughtful design and extra space it afforded, and the advantage and flexibility of traveling with such a small number of people. I learnt so much, and I look forward to sorting through the images and enjoying remembering all the things we did during our busy photo safari.
Helen Cruickshank, Australia