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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 For thirty-five years I had dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa. This year I finally realized that dream and it is fair to say that my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way. I had done extensive research on African photographic safaris on the Internet before settling on Wild 4 photo safaris. What an inspired choice that turned out to be! This family company run by Stu Porter and his wife, Justyna, and aided by Stu’s parents, John and Ann, provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level.  Stu is one South Africa’s finest wild-life photographers and a first-class teacher into the bargain. His knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopaedic. I was accompanied on the trip by my 25 year-old daughter, Amy, and we eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps to photograph animals at sunrise.  Every day brought its special moments whether the spectacle of lions mating just a few metres from the jeep, or leopards lying lazily in the grass digesting a meal, or elephants and hippos frolicking in a river. The days sped by and we returned home with thousands of photographs of birds and animals to sort through and cherish for the memories they bring back. A safari with Wild 4 is more than a photographic experience with a master photographer: it is an initiation into the wonders of South Africa – its wild-life and spectacular landscapes - and, above all, an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bond in common purpose. Everything about Wild 4 is first class: organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect. Our safari with Stu and Wild4 was truly the experience of a life-time.

Andrew Oliver, CANADA

Testimonials This was simply an outstanding photographic safari all round – by far the best that I have been on! As a keen enthusiast photographer, looking to step up a level with view to entering 2 competitions later in the year, I could not have hoped for more. Excellent ! The family based Wild4 team is personable and friendly and went the extra mile all the way through. They are very well organized and their prompt and helpful responses to queries pre-trip ensured they were easy and a pleasure to deal with.  Stu Porter can pitch his photographic tuition at any level and his attention to detail and enthusiasm was spot on throughout this trip. I was surprised by just how much I learn’t because I was quite comfortable with my photo technique on arrival. I have easily adopted his full-on manual approach, every bit of which he was able to justify - a revelation! I am quite picky, but I cannot praise these guys enough and I will be back.  Very many thanks to the whole team.

Malcolm, UK