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Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

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 were very lucky to have found the Wild 4 Team when we were able to take a short photographic safari as part of a business trip to Cape Town. So when we could plan a photography trip overseas, naturally we contacted Stu and Justyna. We brought along a good friend who wanted to do her first photo safari. To say the three of us had a blast would be to underestimate the experience. I wonder how many other photographers have been a few feet from a cheetah taking down an impala only to share the kill with a caracal. Other highlights included a rare king cheetah, mating leopards, a den of wild dogs with their pups, photographing and touching a boomslang, green mamba and black mamba, and being surrounded by a herd of elephants. But perhaps the best part of all was being back with friends whom we know and trust. We know a good thing when we experience it. When we are ready for our next African adventure, you can bet we will contact the Wild 4 Team.

Michael & Toni Anderson, USA


Testimonials can't begin to tell you how much Keith and I enjoyed being with you in Botswana. Your trip was as productive for me, the birdwatcher spouse, as it was for Keith, who is thrilled with his images. I saw more birds in Botswana than I ever imagined I'd see (152 species!), and I got such good looks at them, from the big Goliath Heron, Wattled Crane, and Saddle-billed Storks to the little Pearl-spotted Owlet, White-fronted Bee-eaters, and Malachite Kingfisher. Our Letaka guides, Shadreck and Nkosi, were knowledgeable and helpful - and just plain nice guys, and Shuur took us on four amazing boat rides on the Chobe River. Every aspect of the trip went smoothly. It's obvious how much behind-the-scenes work you and Justyna put into the planning. I would recommend you to anyone, and for the safari of a lifetime, I'd recommend the Best of Botswana with Stu Porter.

Sharon Kennedy, USA