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Etosha & Secrets of the Kalahari photo safari trip report 2 - August 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 10th Sep 2017

Here is this years second trip report from the "Etosha and Secrets of the Kalahari" photo safari.

The dry season in both Etosha and the Kalahari produced a great number of special sightings and photo opportunties, most of the animals seen and photographed on the first trip were again seen and photographed on this trip. These included: Greater Kudu, Zebra, Ostrich, Elephants, Lions, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Black Backed Jackal, Spotted Hyaena and African Wilddog, these dry environments offer a fantastic collection of less commonly photographed animals. We were very fortunate to see the Damara DikDik, Black faced Impala, Gemsbok (Oryx), Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Tsessebe, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Bat Eared fox, Cape Fox, Black Rhino, Meerkats, Hartman's Mountain Zebra and the endangered Pangolin.

A convenient cold front that pushed inland from the Cape brought the day time temperatures down more so than on the first trip. This helped in a big way in the Kalahari as these colder conditions brought out the Aardvark to feed during daylight hours. We were treated to 5 sightings of this unusual creature and our expert guide, Kosie, managed to walk us to the Aardvark and get some close up photos.

We visited the waterholes in Etosha and were treated to a number of sightings of large Elephant herds, Black Rhinos and Lions. There was a staggering amount of general game around which included Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Oryx, Springbok, Impala and Giraffe. We also saw an unusual sighting of a Kori Bustard hunting Doves at Chudob waterhole in Eastern Etosha.

We had a very special arrival at Tswalu Kalahari, on our way from the airstrip to the lodge we bumped into our first Aardvark sighting - what a start ! The African Wilddog den site had moved but we still got to spend an afternoon with the dogs.

We had a good daytime sighting of the Cape Fox and spent two sessions with the Meerkats, the more habituated group allowed us to follow them as they went in search of food.

Sable, Roan, Cheetah, Red Hartebeest, Oryx and Eland also presented great photo opportunities at Tswalu.

This second trip was again a great success and we look forward to hosting more trips to these two special dry African Environments.

Thanks so much to Usko, our guide in Namibia, and the Ultimate Safaris team, it was a great pleasure working with this great guide and company again, and also thanks so much to Fireblade Aviation and the extremely helpful and friendly team at Tswalu Motse for taking amazing care of us during our 5 night stay in the Kalahari. Extra special thanks also to our great photographic guide, Kosie and tracker, David, and also to Cameron for taking us out on our last morning drive at Tswalu !

Finally thanks so much to David, Francoise, Keith and Sharon for joining us on this photo tour to Etosha and Tswalu, it was a great pleasure travelling with you all again and experiencing the magic of nature.

Enjoy some of the photos from the tour,

Kind regards

Stu

Zebra drinking at Okaukuejo waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra drinking at Okaukuejo waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Springbok and Zebra drinking, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Springbok and Zebra drinking, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants at Okaukuejo waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants at Okaukuejo waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephant, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephant, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants at dusk, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants at dusk, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lanner Falcon with Dove, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lanner Falcon with Dove, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Red Hartebeest, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Red Hartebeest, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Pale Chanting Goshawks, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Pale Chanting Goshawks, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Egyptian Goose, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Egyptian Goose, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Tailed Tree Rats, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Tailed Tree Rats, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Giraffe sunset silhouette, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Giraffe sunset silhouette, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Giraffe and babies, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Giraffe and babies, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Pied Crow, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Pied Crow, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra running, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra running, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Springbok and Blue Wildebeest, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Springbok and Blue Wildebeest, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Oryx fighting, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Oryx fighting, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Oryx and youngster running, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Oryx and youngster running, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra in dust storm, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra in dust storm, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Ground Squirrel, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Ground Squirrel, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Giraffe drinking, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Giraffe drinking, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Fork Tailed Drongo, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Fork Tailed Drongo, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Male Elephant, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Male Elephant, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Skink, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Skink, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Helmeted Guineafowl, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Helmeted Guineafowl, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Greater Kudu, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Greater Kudu, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Common Ostrich drinking
Common Ostrich drinking
Giraffe drinking, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Giraffe drinking, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Rhino, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Rhino, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Damara Dik Dik, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Damara Dik Dik, Etosha National Park, Namibia
African Hawk Eagle chasing a Dove, Etosha National Park, Namibia
African Hawk Eagle chasing a Dove, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Faced Impala leaping, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Black Faced Impala leaping, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Cape Fox, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Cape Fox, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Meerkats, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Meerkats, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Meerkat running, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Meerkat running, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Sable Antelope, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Sable Antelope, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Aardvark, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Aardvark, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Wild dog puppy, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Wild dog puppy, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Ant Eater Chat, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Ant Eater Chat, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
African Wilddogs, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
African Wilddogs, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Hartman's Mountain Zebra, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Hartman's Mountain Zebra, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Roan Antelope, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Roan Antelope, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Roan Antelope, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Roan Antelope, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Burchell's Sandgrouse, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Burchell's Sandgrouse, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Burchell's Sandgrouse, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Burchell's Sandgrouse, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Lions drinking, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Lions drinking, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Giraffe, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Giraffe, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
African Red-eyed Bulbul, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
African Red-eyed Bulbul, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Cheetsh, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Cheetsh, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Cheetah cub, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Cheetah cub, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Cheetahs, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Cheetahs, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Eland, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Eland, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Red Hartebeest, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Red Hartebeest, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Meerkat, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Meerkat, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Oryx on dune, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Oryx on dune, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
African Buffalo, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
African Buffalo, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Springbok, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Springbok, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Pangolin, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
Pangolin, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

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Testimonials 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


Testimonials Hi Justyna and Stu, having just returned from a Wild4 Photographic Safari in Kruger Park for 10 days, I would just have to say it was perfect for me and my brother-in-law. Kosie our guide was great. We were unable to stump him on any animal, bird or plant. His ability to spot wildlife and birds and his instincts and knowledge seem hard to surpass. The sightings were far beyond any expectations. John and Ann were a bonus, preparing meals and driving in a separate vehicle and communicating with Kosie via CB when they spotted something interesting. They were like family. Kosie would position us for great photographs and make any requested adjustments, and had great instincts about animal behavior and what they would do next. Can’t say enough good thing about Wild4. Well organized. Thanks for a great experience!

Michael Showalter, USA