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CUSTOM photo safari to the Kruger, Mala Mala & Tswalu - August 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 21st Aug 2018

This was a 10 night custom photo safari spent at three locations in South Africa, namely the Kruger National Park, Mala Mala and Tswalu Kalahari.

The tour began with the Kruger National Park where we had to endure some very unseasonal and cold weather. Some of our highlights in the Kruger were a pack of African Wilddogs, Elephant, Spotted Hyaena, Greater Kudu, a coalition of 4 male Lions and some great birds including the two smallest Owls, the Pearl Spotted and the African Barred.

Next stop was three nights at Mala Mala, here we were lucky to see the Kambula Lioness that has small cubs, she crossed the Sand River for us. We saw 4 different Leopards, a beautiful Nyala Bull displaying and a most incredible Lion experieince which involved two different prides fighting over and Impala kill and over territory.

Our final stay was at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve which really is a unique place with some very different species. Some of our highlights at Tswalu were the beautiful Roan and Sable antelopes, Giraffe, Tsessebe, Oryx and the African Wilddogs with their puppies. We also had a brief sighting of the rarely seen Pangolin. We managed to spend time with two different groups of Meerkats, both of which had youngsters with them, the youngest were only 3 weeks old.

Many thanks to the WILD4 TEAM for all your fantastic catering in the Kruger Park, the staff at both Mala Mala and Tswalu and to our rangers, Pieter at Mala Mala and Kyle at Tswalu - thank you for your patience and for working so hard to get us into some wonderful sightings and some great photos..

A huge thank you to our clients, Jon and Bernice for travelling with us on this custom photo safari.

Enoy some of the photos !!

Best wishes

Stu

African Wilddog - Kruger Park
African Wilddog - Kruger Park
Greater Kudu - Kruger Park
Greater Kudu - Kruger Park
Spider Web in early morning - Kruger Park
Spider Web in early morning - Kruger Park
African Barred Owl - Kruger Park
African Barred Owl - Kruger Park
Spotted Hyaena with horns of an Impala - Kruger Park
Spotted Hyaena with horns of an Impala - Kruger Park
Male Lion - Kruger Park
Male Lion - Kruger Park
Goliath Heron - Kruger Park
Goliath Heron - Kruger Park
Elephants - Kruger Park
Elephants - Kruger Park
Spotted Hyaena cubs - Kruger Park
Spotted Hyaena cubs - Kruger Park
Great Egret with fish - Kruger Park
Great Egret with fish - Kruger Park
Female Lesser Kudu - Kruger Park
Female Lesser Kudu - Kruger Park
Male Lion at Renosterkoppies waterhole - Kruger Park
Male Lion at Renosterkoppies waterhole - Kruger Park
The second Male Lion - Kruger Park
The second Male Lion - Kruger Park
The third Male from a coalition of 4 - Kruger Park
The third Male from a coalition of 4 - Kruger Park
Pearl Spotted Owlet - Kruger Park
Pearl Spotted Owlet - Kruger Park
Baby Elephant - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Baby Elephant - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Female Leopard - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Female Leopard - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Male Nyala displaying - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Male Nyala displaying - Mala Mala Game Reserve
African Buffalo - Mala Mala Game Reserve
African Buffalo - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Lioness from the Kambula Pride - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Lioness from the Kambula Pride - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Male Impala leaping over the watercourse in the Sand River - Mala Mala Game Reserve - Wildlife Panorama
Male Impala leaping over the watercourse in the Sand River - Mala Mala Game Reserve - Wildlife Panorama
Kambula Lioness drinking - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Kambula Lioness drinking - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Blue Wildebeest - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Blue Wildebeest - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Red Billed Ox pecker - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Red Billed Ox pecker - Mala Mala Game Reserve
African Fish Eagle - Mala Mala Game Reserve
African Fish Eagle - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Male Impala - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Male Impala - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Young Leopard cub of the Piccadili female  - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Young Leopard cub of the Piccadili female - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Lioness from the Fourways Pride chasing the Lions away from the Impala kill - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Lioness from the Fourways Pride chasing the Lions away from the Impala kill - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Members of the Fourways Pride - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Members of the Fourways Pride - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Hyaena and Vultures feeding on the remains of a Rhino carcass - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Hyaena and Vultures feeding on the remains of a Rhino carcass - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Steenbok - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Steenbok - Mala Mala Game Reserve
African Buffalo Bull - Mala Mala Game Reserve
African Buffalo Bull - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Male Greater Kudu - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Male Greater Kudu - Mala Mala Game Reserve
Pygmy Falcon - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Pygmy Falcon - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wilddog Puppies playing - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wilddog Puppies playing - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wild dogs - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wild dogs - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wild dogs - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wild dogs - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wild dog puppy - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wild dog puppy - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wild dogs - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Wild dogs - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Giraffe - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Giraffe - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Young Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Young Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkat pup and adult - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkat pup and adult - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Sable Antelope - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Sable Antelope - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Oryx on dune - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Oryx on dune - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The rarely seen Pangolin - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
The rarely seen Pangolin - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Oryx - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Oryx - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Roan Antelope - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Roan Antelope - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Tsessebe Antelope - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Tsessebe Antelope - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Spotted Eagle Owl - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Spotted Eagle Owl - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
One of the 3 week old Meerkat pups - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
One of the 3 week old Meerkat pups - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Adult Meerkat carrying a youngster - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Adult Meerkat carrying a youngster - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Meerkats - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Hartman's Mountain Zebra - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Hartman's Mountain Zebra - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

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1 Comment

  • What fantastic sightings! - Including a pangolin - how special!  Was the rhino carcass at Mala Mala another poaching victim?

    Sharon Thorp - August 21st, 2018 at 11:02pm

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Testimonials We couldn’t have enjoyed our trip with Wild 4 more. We were made to feel extremely welcome right from our very first e-mail contact, something which continued throughout our trip and beyond. We’d like to thank Stu, Justyna, Ann, & John for being such wonderful and enthusiastic hosts. Being looked after by such a friendly and caring family was a delight and we were very reluctant to leave after two weeks.  Stu is a very knowledgeable, hard-working and helpful guide, always on hand with useful pointers and offering us plenty of encouragement to experiment with our photography. Having a whole row each of a specially adapted safari vehicle was a real find, ensuring we didn’t miss out on any of the action. Being able to stay out in the bush all day was also a real bonus. While many other vehicles drove off after only a few minutes, we were able to spend hours observing groups of lions and other wildlife. As this was our first African safari, Stu suggested we spend the first few nights at the Big Cats reserve and this proved to be a magical experience, with some great close-up action that resulted in some beautiful shots. It is a great place to hone your existing skills & learn some new ones. Given the opportunity we would go again tomorrow without any hesitation. Simply perfect!

Arnoud & Lynsey Van Foreest, NETHERLANDS

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