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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 The Wild 4 team made my trip to South Africa a truly memorable experience. Photographing some of the orphaned captive animals at the private game reserve on the extension was a great way to start the holiday, and Stu's tuition on techniques, composition and familiarity with your gear was the foundation for the rest of the trip.  In Kruger we had some wonderful sightings - including the 'Big 5' all in one day on two consecutive days! The highlights were spending 20 minutes with a leopard cub in a tree no more than 30 metres away, and on the last day watching a pride of 14 lions stalking a herd of zebra for more than an hour - just wonderful experiences! I'm sure the quality of the shots I took was infinitely better than if I'd gone on a regular safari, as the whole focus of the experience is expertly designed to maximise photographic opportunities - including only 3 photographers in the specially designed vehicle.  Stu's knowledge, enthusiasm and patience were boundless, and Ann's spotting and catering skills were also priceless! I hope to visit Africa again soon, and without doubt Wild 4 will be my first option.

Greg Morgan, UK

Testimonials I could not imagine a more competent and friendly company to take us on a photo safari of Kruger. This was my first visit to Africa, but I never had to worry about anything while on the Wild4 Photo safari. Everything was well planned, including the lodging, meals and "drives" into the game park. Your safari vehicle had lots of room to spread out and it was easy to get photos from both sides. The elevation of the pickup bed is well above ground, so you have the feeling of security and also a good vantage point and angle to shoot photos. I had hundreds of photo opportunities, even with my limited zoom lens and other small cameras. Our guide, Kosie was extremely knowledgeable on the wildlife, birds, trees and even had handy info on his ipad. We certainly had all the "big 5", the "ugly 7" and other categories in the bag after just a few days. We enjoyed seeing several camps and met many fine, helpful people along the way. By the way, the African coffee is excellent, and we took many enjoyable "coffee breaks" during our 10-days in the Kruger. If you want to see the animals...WILD4 Photo Safaris will definitely make that dream come true. Thanks to all. Dave Truax

Dave Truax, USA