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LIONS and LEOPARDS of KRUGER photo safari trip report - August 2016

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 19th Aug 2016

Here are the trip report photos from the second of our 2016 "Lions & Leopards of Kruger" Photo Safari. We also did the 4 night pre-tour extension for Vultures, Reptiles and the photo hides at Ndlovu River Lodge.

The Vulture shoot offered the perfect wind conditions and great light and we photographed two of the 5 vulture species at the feed. We then spent a full day at the Kinyonga Reptile Park where we photographed Green & Black Mambas, Snouted Cobra, Scorpions, Baboon Spiders, Boomslang and Geckos.


Next stop was our 2 night stay at the Indlovu River Lodge in Karongwe Game Reserve. Here we spent 4 sessions in the specially built and very comfortable photo hides. Baboons, Nyala, Kudu and a number of birds were photographed all at eye level with the water and in great lighting conditions. The Baboons were particularly good this time round as well as a nice group of Common Waterbuck.

Ngala Private Reserve was next on the itinerary for a 3 night stay and highlights were seeing the young female Leopard we saw on the first trip as well as the young male we saw on the first trip who had been feeding on the remains of a young Waterbuck. On this trip we were treated to the sighting of a lifetime when we saw this same male Leopard bring down an adult female Warthog right next to our safari vehicle. Other highlights were a great Verreaux's Eagle Owl, a big herd of African Buffalo and a large number of Giraffe.

We met the Wild4 support team at Orpen Gate where we transferred into the Open Safari Vehicle and headed off into the Kruger National Park where we spent 6 nights split between Satara camp in central Kruger and Lower Sabie in the South. Highlights in Kruger were excellent sightings of Zebra, Greater Kudu, Giraffe, Impala, Nyala, Bushbuck, Steenbok, Elephants, 2 male Cheetahs hunting Zebra and Reedbuck, Vultures & Hyaenas on a fresh Buffalo carcass, Southern Ground Hornbills, Lions, 6 different Leopards, a variety of birdlife and 4 different Honey Badgers !!

Final stop on the trip was a 3 night stay at Mala Mala Private Game reserve. On our first game drive we photographed the Male cub of the Kikilezi female Leopard as well as the Kikilezi female herself. The female cub was also present so for now the two cubs are doing well. We then spent some time on our night drive with the Eyrefield Lion Pride.

Over the next two days we spent time with the Styx Lions as well as the Marthly Lions, the "Bike" male Leopard, an unknown Leopard cub, the Wilddog pack with their puppies and a wilddog kill. Elephant numbers were excellent in the Sand River and perhaps one of the main highlights was spending two sessions with a mating pair of Leopards, the "Tamboti" female and the "Tree House" male that were around the airstrip.

Many thanks to all the lodge staff that looked after us at each location and also to our rangers, Bertjan at Moholoholo, Stefan at Indlovu River Lodge, Garth & Thomas at Ngala and Fritz at Mala Mala. Thanks also to the Wild4 back up team who looked after us in the Kruger National Park.

Finally, thank you to the participants, Barbara, Peter and Jody, it was great travelling with Barbara for the 9th time ! and to have met Peter & Jody for the first time 😊, we certainly did share some great experiences and photographic opportunities.

Enjoy some of the photos below.

Best wishes

Stu

Cape Griffon Vulture - Moholoholo Forest Camp extension
Cape Griffon Vulture - Moholoholo Forest Camp extension
White Backed Vulture - Moholoholo Forest Camp extension
White Backed Vulture - Moholoholo Forest Camp extension
Puff Adder - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Puff Adder - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Turner's Gecko - COPYRIGHT Jody Fitzgerald - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Turner's Gecko - COPYRIGHT Jody Fitzgerald - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Snouted Cobra - COPYRIGHT Peter Ryan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Snouted Cobra - COPYRIGHT Peter Ryan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Boomslang - COPYRIGHT Peter Ryan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Boomslang - COPYRIGHT Peter Ryan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Green Mamba - COPYRIGHT Peter Ryan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Green Mamba - COPYRIGHT Peter Ryan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Golden Brown Baboon Spider - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Golden Brown Baboon Spider - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Emperor Scorpion - COPYRIGHT Jody Fitzgerald - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Emperor Scorpion - COPYRIGHT Jody Fitzgerald - Kinyonga Reptile Park extension
Chacma Baboon - Indlovu River lodge extension
Chacma Baboon - Indlovu River lodge extension
Red Billed Oxpecker - Indlovu River lodge extension
Red Billed Oxpecker - Indlovu River lodge extension
Cape Turtle Dove - Indlovu River lodge extension
Cape Turtle Dove - Indlovu River lodge extension
Young Common Waterbuck - Indlovu River lodge extension
Young Common Waterbuck - Indlovu River lodge extension
Grey Go Away Bird - Indlovu River lodge extension
Grey Go Away Bird - Indlovu River lodge extension
Male Nyala Antelope - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Indlovu River lodge extension
Male Nyala Antelope - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Indlovu River lodge extension
Young Nyala - Indlovu River lodge extension
Young Nyala - Indlovu River lodge extension
Warthog - Indlovu River lodge extension
Warthog - Indlovu River lodge extension
Glossy Starlings - Indlovu River lodge extension
Glossy Starlings - Indlovu River lodge extension
Chacma Baboon - Indlovu River lodge extension
Chacma Baboon - Indlovu River lodge extension
Blue Waxbill - Indlovu River lodge extension
Blue Waxbill - Indlovu River lodge extension
Glossy Starling - Indlovu River lodge extension
Glossy Starling - Indlovu River lodge extension
Yellow Throated Petronia - Indlovu River lodge extension
Yellow Throated Petronia - Indlovu River lodge extension
Cape Turtle Dove - Indlovu River lodge extension
Cape Turtle Dove - Indlovu River lodge extension
Dark Capped Bulbul - Indlovu River lodge extension
Dark Capped Bulbul - Indlovu River lodge extension
Common Waterbuck - Indlovu River lodge extension
Common Waterbuck - Indlovu River lodge extension
Chacma Baboons - Indlovu River lodge extension
Chacma Baboons - Indlovu River lodge extension
Young Leopard - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Young Leopard - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Hippo with Terrapin and Ox Pecker - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Hippo with Terrapin and Ox Pecker - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Young Male Leopard - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Young Male Leopard - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Leopard with Warthog Kill - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Leopard with Warthog Kill - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Young Male leopard standing back from his warthog kill - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Young Male leopard standing back from his warthog kill - Ngala Private Game Reserve
African Buffalo - Ngala Private Game Reserve
African Buffalo - Ngala Private Game Reserve
African Buffalo fighting - Ngala Private Game Reserve
African Buffalo fighting - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Southern Giraffe - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Southern Giraffe - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Southern Giraffe flicking water - Kruger National Park
Southern Giraffe flicking water - Kruger National Park
Baby Chacma Baboon - Kruger National Park
Baby Chacma Baboon - Kruger National Park
Red Billed Ox Peckers on Zebra - Kruger National Park
Red Billed Ox Peckers on Zebra - Kruger National Park
Burchell's Zebra - Kruger National Park
Burchell's Zebra - Kruger National Park
Blue Wildebeest - Kruger National Park
Blue Wildebeest - Kruger National Park
Male Greater Kudu - Kruger National Park
Male Greater Kudu - Kruger National Park
Female Greater Kudu - Kruger National Park
Female Greater Kudu - Kruger National Park
Honey Badger - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Kruger National Park
Honey Badger - COPYRIGHT Barbara Callaghan - Kruger National Park
Southern Ground Hornbill - Kruger National Park
Southern Ground Hornbill - Kruger National Park
Yellow Billed Hornbill - Kruger National Park
Yellow Billed Hornbill - Kruger National Park
Elephants at dusk - Kruger National Park
Elephants at dusk - Kruger National Park
Honey Badger - Kruger National Park
Honey Badger - Kruger National Park
Chacma Baboons waking up - Kruger National Park
Chacma Baboons waking up - Kruger National Park
A rare sighting of the White headed Vulture - Kruger National Park
A rare sighting of the White headed Vulture - Kruger National Park
Hippo with Terrapins in Kumana Dam - Kruger National Park
Hippo with Terrapins in Kumana Dam - Kruger National Park
Badly injured Lioness near Satara Camp - Kruger National Park
Badly injured Lioness near Satara Camp - Kruger National Park
Elephants drinking - Kruger National Park
Elephants drinking - Kruger National Park
Elephants drinking - Kruger National Park
Elephants drinking - Kruger National Park
Elephants - Kruger National Park
Elephants - Kruger National Park
Tawny Eagle - Kruger National Park
Tawny Eagle - Kruger National Park
Chacma baboon - Kruger National Park
Chacma baboon - Kruger National Park
Herd of Zebra drinking at Nsemani Dam - Kruger National Park
Herd of Zebra drinking at Nsemani Dam - Kruger National Park
Zebras fighting at Nsemani Dam - COPYRIGHT Jody Fitzgerald - Kruger National Park
Zebras fighting at Nsemani Dam - COPYRIGHT Jody Fitzgerald - Kruger National Park
Cheetah and Giraffe - Kruger National Park
Cheetah and Giraffe - Kruger National Park
Cheetah running in on a group of Zebra - Kruger National Park
Cheetah running in on a group of Zebra - Kruger National Park
Male Reedbuck running from the Cheetahs - Kruger National Park
Male Reedbuck running from the Cheetahs - Kruger National Park
One of the Male Cheetahs - Kruger National Park
One of the Male Cheetahs - Kruger National Park
The second male Cheetah - Kruger National Park
The second male Cheetah - Kruger National Park
Tree Squirrel - Kruger National Park
Tree Squirrel - Kruger National Park
Female Leopard on the rocks below the Lower Sabie Dam Wall - Kruger National Park
Female Leopard on the rocks below the Lower Sabie Dam Wall - Kruger National Park
Elephants in the Sabie River - Kruger National Park
Elephants in the Sabie River - Kruger National Park
African Fish Eagle calling - COPYRIGHT Peter Ryan - Kruger National Park
African Fish Eagle calling - COPYRIGHT Peter Ryan - Kruger National Park
A young Hyaena cub near Lower Sabie - Kruger National Park
A young Hyaena cub near Lower Sabie - Kruger National Park
One of the cubs of the Kikilezi female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
One of the cubs of the Kikilezi female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The Kikilezi female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The Kikilezi female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A young member of the Eyrefield Pride of Lions - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A young member of the Eyrefield Pride of Lions - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog puppies - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog puppies - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
An adult Cape Hunting Dog - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
An adult Cape Hunting Dog - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppies - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppies - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Adult Cape Hunting Dog - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Adult Cape Hunting Dog - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppy - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppy - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The three sub adult male Lions of the Marthly Pride - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The three sub adult male Lions of the Marthly Pride - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
One of the young Marthly Males - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
One of the young Marthly Males - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Male Klikpspringer - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Male Klikpspringer - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Bicycle Crossing' male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Bicycle Crossing' male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Bicycle Crossing' male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Bicycle Crossing' male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Bicycle Crossing' male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Bicycle Crossing' male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A young unknown Leopard  - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A young unknown Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Herd of Elephants running in the Sand River - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Herd of Elephants running in the Sand River - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A Lioness from the "Styx" pride  - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A Lioness from the "Styx" pride - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
One of the "Clarendon Males" - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
One of the "Clarendon Males" - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Tamboti" Female Leopard and the "Tree House" Male Leopard mating near the airstrip - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Tamboti" Female Leopard and the "Tree House" Male Leopard mating near the airstrip - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A Lioness from the "Styx" pride, fighting with fleas !  - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A Lioness from the "Styx" pride, fighting with fleas ! - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A Lioness from the "Styx" watches a young Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
A Lioness from the "Styx" watches a young Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The daughter of the Kikilezi female Leopard after she was chased up a Leadwood tree by one of the "Styx" Lionesses - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The daughter of the Kikilezi female Leopard after she was chased up a Leadwood tree by one of the "Styx" Lionesses - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The daughter of the Kikilezi female Leopard after she was chased up a Leadwood tree by one of the "Styx" Lionesses - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The daughter of the Kikilezi female Leopard after she was chased up a Leadwood tree by one of the "Styx" Lionesses - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The daughter of the Kikilezi female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The daughter of the Kikilezi female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Young Honey Badger seen on our last morning - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
Young Honey Badger seen on our last morning - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Tamboti" female and the "Tree House" male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Tamboti" female and the "Tree House" male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The " Tamboti: female leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The " Tamboti: female leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Tree House" male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Tree House" male Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Tamboti" Female Leopard and the "Tree House" Male Leopard mating near the airstrip - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
The "Tamboti" Female Leopard and the "Tree House" Male Leopard mating near the airstrip - Mala Mala Private Game Reserve

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Testimonials Kruger North to South 16 days of photo safari gone off like a wink of an eye especially when it was fun and memorable. Like an aciton-packed movie, the opening scene at the Skukuza Airport reception by Wild4 Team : Stefan and Sandrine was delightful and the afternoon game drive was filled with excitements with shots of wildlife encountered as we travelled to our first camp in Satara. The numerous sightings we experienced over the next two weeks were nothing less than thrilling and of course capturing the Big 5 was fulfilling. The teamwork of Stefan and Sandrine was excellent giving the traveling photographers absolutely nothing to worry except to be trigger happy. Each day I shot approximately 1,500 images as each day bought new surprises. As a photographer I used the Sony A9 with the 2x teleconverter on the 100-400mm G Master zoom for distant & fast-moving subjects like eagles' flights, lions, leopards, rhinos and the smaller birds in flights while my Leica SL on a APO Vario Elmarit 90-280mm zoom for intermediate distance subjects like elephants, hippos, zebras, Impalas, Kudus and various animals within close quarters of the vehicle, and finally my Leica Q for the panoramic shots of landscape and daily point and shoot. A memorable trip ending with almost 4 TB of mobile hard disk storage. I will re-live my memories when I sort out the images and I look forward to my next trip with Stu on the Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli and many other trips with Wild4.

Clifford Yap, Singapore

Testimonials As a return customer I can't recommend enough the experience of these trips as well as photographic opportunities that surpass all expectations.  In addition I have now visited the reptile centre, as part of the extension, twice. Both times I have been delighted with the skill and expertise of the rangers there.  The opportunities set up for photography are exceptional and that coupled with Stu's masterclass in close up and macro provides a day to remember.  If you get the opportunity to do the extension, take it as it's worth every minute.

Sharron Franks, UK