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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I did a photo safari in and around Kruger National Park with Wild4. At the end of the trip I could not think of one significant thing that I would have changed to make the experience better. I have travelled to various parts of East and Southern Africa many times to photograph wildlife and I have to say that this was THE most photographically productive trip of them all. Not simply the volume of pictures, but the quality and variety of images that I returned home with was simply awesome. Key to this was Stu’s knowledge, enthusiasm and patience. Most days we were photographing from first light until sunset, and beyond on some occasions. I quickly learned not to worry about getting the vehicle into the best position for background, light, etc. We would see an animal and I'd start to assess where I would like to be for a shot, no sooner would I have done this I would realise that Stu was already getting us into that very position. The man is a first class guide AND an excellent photographer. Perfect. The whole trip, from start to finish, ran like clockwork. The camps were comfortable, the food was great and the company delightful. Going on Safari with Stu and Justyna was like being with friends, I had a truly unforgettable time. Photographic safaris do not come any better than this.
Mike Needham, UK
I was fortunate to be on Wild4's "Best of Botswana" trip in May 2014. It could well be the Best of Africa. This trip featured two expert guides (Stu Porter himself and Nkosi from Letaka Safaris) and the abundant wildlife of four different Botswanan hot spots, with relatively few other vehicles around. Those features alone are worth the price of admission, particularly since they include Stu's vehicle modifications that ensure the best possible photographic experience. But if that isn't enough, we spent the first ten nights in expedition style mobile camps, roughing it with bucket showers and drop toilets, and listening to the leopards, elephants and hyenas wandering in and around the camps at night. But don't worry about the "roughing it" part. The expert staff prepares perfect meals, including fresh baked breads and cakes, and ensures that the camp is safe and clean. We finished the 12-night trip in a luxury lodge on the Chobe River, where we photographed from a boat customised to accommodate serious photographers (i.e. people with lenses bigger than their legs) and a waterway full of hippos and elephants and lined with Africa's most iconic birds. If you can only go once to Africa, go to Botswana with Wild4 Photographic Safaris. They will take care of every detail of your safari to ensure that everything is just right. If you are an old Africa veteran, ditto. You just can't go wrong with Wild4.
George Cathcart, USA