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Wild4 African Photo Safaris

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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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