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 !
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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
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.