Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

FOCUS on the Kruger photo trip report May 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 6th Jun 2018

FOCUS ON KRUGER May 2018

Photos and text by Kosie Lategan

The Kruger has always been a special place for me and even though I have worked at other private game reserves, coming into the park awakens a sense of excitement and anticipation. This time the Kruger definitely delivered. 

We had some incredible sightings and we were treated to numerous big cat sightings as well as a big favourite for most people, the African Wild dog. My highlights were coming across a pair of mating lions just after sunrise while the light was just gorgeous. Finding a female cheetah with her four youngsters was a huge bonus. 

Leopard sightings can be fleet and brief, but we managed to get six different leopards during our stay which is highly unusual. 

One morning we found a herd of buffalo about a couple of hundred strong walking through the fog as the sun was rising which was spectacular. 

We had some very good rhino as well as a alot of elephants, giraffes and other plains game. The impala males in rut is always interesting to watch and photograph. 

Thank you to Dave and Mike for being such good fun and I had a great time with you gentleman. 

Looking forward to the next trip. 

Kind regards

Kosie Lategan

Cape Hunting Dog
Cape Hunting Dog
Leopard at Renosterkoppies
Leopard at Renosterkoppies
Chacma baboon
Chacma baboon
Cape Hunting Dog
Cape Hunting Dog
Burchell's Zebra
Burchell's Zebra
Spotted Hyaena
Spotted Hyaena
Young Giraffe
Young Giraffe
White Rhino
White Rhino
Hippos
Hippos
African Fish Eagles
African Fish Eagles
White Rhinos
White Rhinos
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Hippo Yawning
Hippo Yawning
Lioness
Lioness
Young White Rhino
Young White Rhino
Leopard on rock
Leopard on rock
Cheetah with cubs
Cheetah with cubs
Young Cheetah
Young Cheetah
Two Cheetah cubs
Two Cheetah cubs
Mating Pair of Lions
Mating Pair of Lions
Male Lion portrait
Male Lion portrait
Mating pair of Lions
Mating pair of Lions
Saddle Billed Stork
Saddle Billed Stork
African Buffalo sparring
African Buffalo sparring
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Male Common Waterbuck
Male Common Waterbuck
Male Lion
Male Lion
African Buffalo
African Buffalo

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Testimonials My wife Joanie and I joined Wild4 for the Best of Kruger and Big Cats in August of 2014. It was our very first trip on an African safari. I’m a serious amateur photographer and my wife’s a non-photographer but both of us enjoyed the trip thoroughly ! To this day, we still regularly recall the highlights of sightings and events fondly. True to Wild4’s brand promise, Stu Porter delivers maximum photographic times spent chasing photo opportunities out in the field - out 6am as soon as the camp gate opens and back only 6pm when the gate closes. Having no more than three photographers on each of two jeeps allows every photographer immediate access to both sides of the vehicle. Stu always knows where to position the vehicle for the best vantage points. Every day has its highs – big cat chases and kills, grazers sparring, herds of elephants and buffaloes appearing from nowhere at water holes… Thanks to Stu and the enthusiasm and knowledge of experienced senior guide Mike Lentz. Camps in Kruger are basic (by first world standards) but hey this is a safari ! There’s the important benefit of being only a short drive away from dams, good spots to catch the first light when the sun rises. This is important as the gates do not open till 6am so there’s little margin for being late. I had the opportunity to experience first-hand, the Wild4 team’s dedication and commitment to a successful photo trip for guests, beyond the call of duty. The Wild4 team helped solved a major photographic equipment problem. Early afternoon on Day 5, the lens AF motor on my 400mm telephoto lens failed. This was really a disaster on a trip like this, as (like everyone else) I had a spare camera body but not a spare super telephoto lens ! The other lens I had was a medium telephoto zoom, hardly a lens to use with tele-converters. Murphy’s Law indeed ! This happened with seven more days to go ! I enquired with Stu about hiring a lens from the nearby towns. Stu sprang into action immediately whilst still on the afternoon game drive - got his back-office team to make enquiries back in Nelspruit town. This was something new to the Wild4 team as they never had to hire a lens but they found a lens on the same day, a 200-400mm that’s also ideal for safari. The lens had to be dispatched from almost 200 km away and Mr John Porter helped to drive south to collect the lens sooner. I had the use of this lens by the morning of Day 7, with one-and-half day “downtime” in a remote location. Service excellence lived by as a core value indeed. After eight nights I left Kruger National Park with the feeling that I was just warming up and was leaving too soon. I would have gladly extended a few more days if that was possible. But we were bound for the next destination. I notice Wild4 has not been static. More new trips were added. I see the enterprise is growing fast ! Joanie and I are now looking forward to a trip to Kenya, again with Stu and the Wild4 team.

Steve Seow, Singapore

Testimonials My 3rd trip with Wild 4 was one to remember (well, they all are !!). The wildlife in Tanzania put on a show for us from dawn till dusk. Cheetah's, lion prides, leopards, the birth of a gazelle and zebra. Migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra's - this trip had it all !, Superb locations, great accommodation, amazing food and unique scenery. I'll definitely be going back with Wild 4 ! What sets Wild 4 apart is their attention to detail to support photographers and videographers. Small groups, very well selected locations, high quality camps/lodges and well trained guides makes for a very well organised and intimate photographic safari experience. They provide not just a beanbag, but a beanbag 'system' for each photographer !. They provide panning plates, a unique custom designed photo/video support system for their vehicles in South Africa that includes support for Wimberley heads for large lenses and other features designed by an experienced wildlife photographer. The Wild 4 team understand the needs of photographers on safari, I can't recommend them highly enough for your African wildlife photographic experience.

Murray Richards, Australia