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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Stu, Thank you for another wonderful safari. We were blown away by the sightings that we had. From the Lion kill to the tiny Lion Cubs, it was one great experience after another. The bird opportunities were also outstanding. I'm still sorting though the 1000's of images that we brought home. Also, thank you Justyna for setting up our 2 week private Kruger safari with Stefan. We spent over a month in Africa shooting every day except for a couple of travel days. It was our trip of a lifetime. The accommodations, food, and itinerary were as good as it gets. We can't wait to do another one!. Dick and Mary Wild Side Photographic Art
Dick Collins, USA
We recently travelled to South Africa for a safari led by Wild 4 African Photographic Safaris. To put things simply, we were completely blown away. I had been on safari before, and had expectations that I thought were reasonable, but Wild 4 completely exceeded those expectations in so many ways. First of all, Justyna handled all of our travel and trip details with exceptional professionalism and always responded to even our most basic questions quickly and in a very detailed manner. Once we had arrived in South Africa, we were met by our guide Stu Porter, who I cannot say enough good things about. He is so organised and cordial. Stu was spotting things that we couldn’t believe that he was spotting, which almost always led to an amazing wildlife experience that we never saw coming. His knowledge and understanding of the wildlife and ecosystem was outstanding, and he went to great lengths to insure that we had the best chance of capturing a great photo, without compromising the rules of the park or the integrity of the animals and ecology within it. His understanding and respect for the wildlife and surroundings made the trip so much more than just a “drive around and look at whatever we see” kind of experience. I know that you can never predict what kind of experience you will have when you go out into the wild, and often it’s up to nature to decide what events you will be a part of, but in all honesty, I can’t imagine a better guide than Stu Porter. We will be doing our future trips to Africa with Wild 4, and cannot recommend them highly enough. Thank you so much for what a lot of people call “the trip of a lifetime”, although we feel that this is only the beginning of many trips of a lifetime. Thank you, Wild 4!!
James Smith, USA