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FOCUS on the Kruger photo trip report August 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 20th Sep 2017

FOCUS ON KRUGER August 2017

This FOCUS on KRUGER photo safari produced some really special sightings and photographic opportunities.

The highlight during our stay at our first camp, Skukuza, was spending time with 4 Lion cubs. Their mother was probably out hunting, but the cubs were quite active playing around on the Granite Boulders of the Kopjie where their mother had left them.

We went back to see the cubs the next morning and heard a soft contact call from a Lioness. The Lioness walked straight past us and joined her cubs who had been hiding in the Granite outcrops.

Other highlights from the trip were photographing a spectacular Martial Eagle finishing off the remains of a small rock monitor that it had caught earlier, good Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo & Crocodiles along the beautiful Timbavati River, a Leopard with a cub feeding on an Impala kill, a brief sighting of one of only 13 rare "White" Lions living in the wild, near Satara in Central Kruger, an excellent variety of birds, a Sand snake, beautiful sunsets, Giraffe, Vervet monkeys, Greater Kudu, Steenbok and a spectacular full moon !

Thanks so much to our guests, Ulhas, his daughter Komal and their friend Sam for joining us on this Kruger Photo adventure.

I also wanted to thank my lovely wife, Sandrine for coming along on this safari and looking after the catering. She not only likes to socialize, but having her extra pair of well trained eyes are a real bonus on the safari vehicle!

Please enjoy some photos from the trip !

Kind regards

Stefan VILJOEN

Southern Ground Hornbill
Southern Ground Hornbill
Greater Kudu Bull
Greater Kudu Bull
White Rhinos
White Rhinos
Spotted Hyaena
Spotted Hyaena
Western Stripe-bellied Sand Snake
Western Stripe-bellied Sand Snake
Lion Cub
Lion Cub
Lion Cub
Lion Cub
Lion Cubs
Lion Cubs
Hammerkop
Hammerkop
Chin spot Batis
Chin spot Batis
Leopard
Leopard
Female Leopard with Kill
Female Leopard with Kill
Sunset
Sunset
Warthog
Warthog
Baby Chacma baboon
Baby Chacma baboon
Giraffe
Giraffe
Steenbok
Steenbok
Dwarf Mongooses
Dwarf Mongooses
Male Impala fighting
Male Impala fighting
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
Elephant eye
Elephant eye
Yellow Bellied Greenbul
Yellow Bellied Greenbul
Green Pigeon
Green Pigeon
Impala drinking
Impala drinking
Hippos
Hippos
Crested Barbet
Crested Barbet
Lilac Breasted Roller
Lilac Breasted Roller
Giraffe at sunset
Giraffe at sunset
Male Red crested Korhaan
Male Red crested Korhaan
Male Lion
Male Lion
Young male Lion
Young male Lion
Female Greater Kudu
Female Greater Kudu
African Buffalo Bull
African Buffalo Bull
Yellow Billed Ox peckers
Yellow Billed Ox peckers
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Full moon
Full moon
Egyptian Geese at sunset
Egyptian Geese at sunset
Burchell's Zebra
Burchell's Zebra
Juvenile Bateleur Eagle
Juvenile Bateleur Eagle
Black Shouldered Kite
Black Shouldered Kite
Elephants
Elephants
Elephant foot
Elephant foot
Magpie Shrike
Magpie Shrike
Swainson's Spurfowl
Swainson's Spurfowl
Saddle Billed Storks
Saddle Billed Storks
Hadeda Ibis
Hadeda Ibis
Purple Roller
Purple Roller
Tawny Eagle
Tawny Eagle
Blue Waxbills
Blue Waxbills
Lion
Lion

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1 Comment

  • Excellent photos Stefan
    We really had good time with you and Sandrine
    You are excellent tour leader and master on grill

    Ulhas Mayekar - January 21st, 2018 at 10:08pm

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Testimonials Kruger North to South 16 days of photo safari gone off like a wink of an eye especially when it was fun and memorable. Like an aciton-packed movie, the opening scene at the Skukuza Airport reception by Wild4 Team : Stefan and Sandrine was delightful and the afternoon game drive was filled with excitements with shots of wildlife encountered as we travelled to our first camp in Satara. The numerous sightings we experienced over the next two weeks were nothing less than thrilling and of course capturing the Big 5 was fulfilling. The teamwork of Stefan and Sandrine was excellent giving the traveling photographers absolutely nothing to worry except to be trigger happy. Each day I shot approximately 1,500 images as each day bought new surprises. As a photographer I used the Sony A9 with the 2x teleconverter on the 100-400mm G Master zoom for distant & fast-moving subjects like eagles' flights, lions, leopards, rhinos and the smaller birds in flights while my Leica SL on a APO Vario Elmarit 90-280mm zoom for intermediate distance subjects like elephants, hippos, zebras, Impalas, Kudus and various animals within close quarters of the vehicle, and finally my Leica Q for the panoramic shots of landscape and daily point and shoot. A memorable trip ending with almost 4 TB of mobile hard disk storage. I will re-live my memories when I sort out the images and I look forward to my next trip with Stu on the Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli and many other trips with Wild4.

Clifford Yap, Singapore

Testimonials This was truly a fantastic safari. The camping experience gave us the feel of being closer to nature as opposed to being in a lodge without really roughing it and the camp food was superior to the lodge buffets. The photographic opportunities were great throughout the safari and our time on the Chobe River was exceptional. As a veteran of 13 safaris to other locations in Africa I can say this was fantastic.

Don Getty   www.dongettywildlifephotography.com, USA