CUSTOM Photo Safari - MALA MALA & Kruger Park, South Africa - September 2015
Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 15th Sep 2015
Here are a few photos from a recent custom photographic safari to Mala Mala and Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The weather was rather unusual for this time of year and we had to deal with a number of rainy days. This was magic for the bush and the wildlife, but not too much fun with camera equipment !!
Some highlights were seeing a very newly born baby Elephant with its herd in the Sand River at Mala Mala. Such a tiny version of the adult, but new borns can still weigh in at close to 100 kgs !!
We followed a very hungry looking Airstrip Male Leopard who eventually lay down and observed a distant herd of Impalas.
The daughter of the Kikelezi female Leopard tried to stak in on two Klipspringers who spotted her and let out their very unusual whistle like alarm call.
We spent quite a lot of time with the two “Clarendon” Male Lions, both were resting in the cool wet weather. One morning we found one of the males on a Wildebeest Kill with a young Lioness watching at a safe distance.
The “Treehouse” Male Leopard was spotted close to the West Street Bridge, he had an Impala kill in a tree.
The Marthly pride were spead out in the Sand River in front of Main Camp. We photographed two of the females in the early evening as they rested in the river bed.
We headed to the southern parts of the reserve and on our way we found an unknown female Leopard stalking some Impala. A Kudu spotted her and sounded its characteristic “Bark” alarm call which ended her hunt.
We then watched the Charleston Lioness and her two small cubs cross the Sand River to the South.
Our final day provided some good photos of a herd of elephants walking in single file towards us, and we also spent some time with a Lioness who had a young male with her.
We entered Kruger National Park through Paul Kruger Gate and headed first to Satara Camp in central Kruger. On one of our drives we found the remains of an Elephant Carcass that was smothered in Vultures. All species were in attendance except for the White Headed Vulture.
Kruger provided a lot of general game sightings, Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Waterbuck and a lot of Kudu. We also briefly saw a Leopard and a special sighting for me was to see a Red Crested Korhaan in display, this was the frst time I had seen the famous “RED CREST” !!
Thank you to Jonno, our ranger at Mala Mala and the staff who took such great care of us.
Thanks also to David and Bridget for coming on yet another photo safari with us !
Enjoy some of the photos:
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I just returned from the 2017 'Birds of Kruger' safari, and it was a delight. This was by no means my first trip to Kruger, but I don't recall ever sighting so many birds - or other animals - in a single trip. Stefan's ability to spot, track and anticipate the movement of animals is superb - from the smallest LBJ to the Big 5. This allowed him to place the vehicle in the best spot for photography and I can rightly say that this trip produced more 'keepers' than any other safari I have been on. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in birding or bird photography. Stefan and Sandrine were great company and everything about the safari was well organized and ran smoothly: from the initial contact with Justyna, who answered my emails promptly and made all the arrangements (down to my favourite SA snacks - thanks!), to Sandrine's excellent coffee every morning before sunrise, and Stefan's patience and good humour that never wavered. I am already planning my next trip with WILD4 and would highly recommend them for an unforgettable African experience.
I wanted to write this while the trip is still fresh in my mind. This was my first trip to Africa and I did as much online research into photo specific safaris as I could. I was not disappointed with choosing Wild 4. Throughout the trip Stu answered the countless questions as if there wasn't a stupid one in the bunch (and there were many) his knowledge of the wildlife is nothing short of amazing, I can't think of a single bird, mammal or reptile that he couldn't identify and give us some background on. Not to mention his uncanny ability to spot wildlife while moving. Our rangers and accommodations in Ngala and Mala Mala were first rate. While in the Kruger proper, John and Anne took exceptional care us. I would not hesitate to book another trip with Stu. Patrick
Patrick Flora, USA