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CUSTOM photo safari NGALA, MALA MALA and BIG CAT RESERVE - August 2014

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 1st Aug 2014

This was a bespoke photo safari that took in some of the most productive private reserves in South Africa. All locations were very good - Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs as well as the African Wilddog and a great Spotted Hyaena den !! were some of the predator highlights.

The "Big Cat Reserve" - (Tshukudu Game Reserve) was once again very productive as far as getting off to a good start regarding photo techniques, night photography, off camera flash and star photography. The final morning was spent observing the two cheetah boys, Floppy and Hunters on their Impala kill.

Thanks very much to the Tshukudu staff and Deon our ranger for looking after us.

Ngala Private Game Reserve was up next, a 4 night stay at this reserve produced a good variety of sightings, Buffalo, Hippo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, Greater Kudu and some wonderful bird life. We had two great Leopard sightings, we observed a young leopard get rather close to a pair of Black Mambas, and the young Leadwood Tom passed through the Timbavati river. The Skoro pride had a Male Lion in tow and the Birmingham pride showed off their young cubs in a beautiful open area. The Spotted Hyaena den was very active with a number of youngsters, my personal favourite being a rather dark coloured and very inquisitive individual. The highlight however had to be three sightings of the African Wilddogs, two were without the puppies, and one with them in tow, what a great opportunity to see these endangered carnivores and to be able to spend some time photographing them, resulting in the best Wilddog puppy photos yet !


Thanks very much to all the Ngala staff and to Steve our tracker and Amy our ranger.

Final stop on the tour was a three night stay at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve. Our stay started with a bang when we got to spend some of the afternoon with a pair of male elephants fighting for dominance, these were not fully grown adults and thus it was not too serious but a great experience to watch and photograph. We then spent some time with the Kikilezi female leopard and her two youngsters - good news that the second youngster had not been killed by another Leopard as we had feared on the previous trip. We managed to have a good view of them drinking before they moved off into a thick drainage line. Before heading back to camp we came across the Eyrefield pride on the hunt but left them and turned in for the night.

Things from here got more interesting - in the morning we found the Eyrefield pride in front of camp on a fresh Buffalo kill. This was followed up by a sighting of the Princess Alice Pans male Leopard (PAP) and his son the Newington Male Leopard, both at a Sausage tree with a fresh Bushbuck Kill. Not more than a Kilometer away we found two more Leopards, the River Rocks male and the Tamboti female, also near the remains of a Kill - this time an Impala.

Over the next two days we returned to watch and observe these stories unfold, but we also managed to bump into the Airstrip Male leopard and the Ostrich Koppies female leopard who had two very small cubs with her, taking our total Leopard count to 11 !! On top of this the Marthly pride took over the Buffalo kill from the Eyrefield pride and we got to see the Styx pride too. A single Cheetah male was also seen on our final afternoon.

Thanks also to the Mala Mala staff and to Jonno our ranger for looking after us so well.

Top notch sightings at all places and a very successful safari !!
Thanks also to Rob & Sue for making their 4th safari with us, it was an absolute pleasure to have had you back again - looking forward to the next one.

Best wishes to all.
 

Leopard - Big Cat Reserve
Leopard - Big Cat Reserve
African Porcupine - Big Cat Reserve
African Porcupine - Big Cat Reserve
Jabula in the Marula tree at sunset - Big Cat Reserve
Jabula in the Marula tree at sunset - Big Cat Reserve
Floppy at the Impala kill - Big Cat Reserve
Floppy at the Impala kill - Big Cat Reserve
Young Giraffe feeding - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Young Giraffe feeding - Ngala Private Game Reserve
African Wilddog - Ngala Private Game Reserve
African Wilddog - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Leopard in the Timbavati River - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Leopard in the Timbavati River - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Lions - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Lions - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Male Lion - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Male Lion - Ngala Private Game Reserve
African Wilddog Puppies - Ngala Private Game Reserve
African Wilddog Puppies - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Male Lion - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Male Lion - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Lion pride - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Lion pride - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Spotted Hyaena - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Spotted Hyaena - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Spotted Hyaena at den site - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Spotted Hyaena at den site - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Elephant Bulls flighting - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Elephant Bulls flighting - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Kikilezi female Leopard with cub - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Kikilezi female Leopard with cub - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Eyrefield pride on buffalo kill - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Eyrefield pride on buffalo kill - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Lion with buffalo - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Lion with buffalo - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Tamboti female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Tamboti female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
River Rocks male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
River Rocks male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Leopard with kill in tree - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Leopard with kill in tree - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Newington Male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Newington Male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Princess Alice Pans male Leopard in tree - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Princess Alice Pans male Leopard in tree - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Airstrip Male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Airstrip Male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Cub of the Ostrich Koppies female Leopard
Cub of the Ostrich Koppies female Leopard
Male Cheetah near Clarendon - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Male Cheetah near Clarendon - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Red Crested Korhaan - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Red Crested Korhaan - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Ostrich Koppies female Leopard with cubs - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Ostrich Koppies female Leopard with cubs - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve

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Testimonials Bastian and I enjoyed the Migration photo safari very much. We realize that we have been very fortunate to see so many crossings and animals in such a short period of time. The safari was well organized, all accomondations were first class and the food certainly a nice surprise. One could not have expected such good food in the wilderness! James and Julius took good care of us and were one reason that we saw so much different and exciting wildlife. You picked a great support team for this safari! Bastian and I learned a lot of new photo techniques from you, which we will use in the future to improve our photographic results. Bastian for sure got hooked on time lapse, I'm sure he will be back in touch with you, sharing some of the work I expect he will create soon. Thanks to you and all your preparation, your guidance and support, this was a once in a life time experience. We will never forget these fantastic sights and animals and our photographs will always remind us of you and the great time we spent together. Now we have the difficult task to sort through thousands of images. One day it will be done and I hope my DVD will do justice reflecting the beauty of Masai Mara. Not an easy task but a welcomed challenge.

Bastian & Matthias Freund, USA


Testimonials Stu - just wanted to say a huge thank you to both you and Justyna for putting on such a fantastic safari tour for us. It was truly amazing! Your endless patience with me and your generosity of knowledge was very much appreciated. Thanks to your help and guidance I am now much more competent with my camera and may even have a few photos to show you, at a later date, to prove that I did listen to everything you told me! Justyna - the travel arrangements were impeccable. All flights and transfers went smoothly and without a hitch, and the accommodation was amazing - both in the camps and at the lodges. I even managed to squeeze in a swim and a massage (which I highly recommend) at the lodge in Chobe. It was a real treat! Thank you both once again for a fantastic trip and I am sure that we will meet again in the future!

Kim Tattersall, UK