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

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 31st Jul 2016

Here are the trip report photos from the Lions & Leopards of Kruger Photo Safari as well as some images from the African Reptile workshop and Photo Hides at Indlovu River Lodge. Altogether we visited 5 different locations on this photo safari which offers the best variety that the Kruger area can offer.

The trip started off with the Vulture photo shoot at Moholoholo and a good number of birds responded despite all the food that is currently available for them in the Kruger National Park as a result of the drought that the park has been experiencing. 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.

Ngala Private Reserve was next on the itinerary for a 3 night stay and highlights were seeing the Wilddog Den and the 11 puppies, two different Leopards, two Honey Badgers and three Lions trailing behind a herd of Buffalo.

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 finding 4 Cheetahs, a Lioness with a freshly killed Wildebeest, a pride of Lions on a Buffalo Kill, a large Male Lion walking in the main road near Lower Sabie, 3 distant leopards and lots of good bird life especially near Lower Sabie.

Final stop on the trip was a 3 night stay at Mala Mala Private Game reserve. On our first game drive we photographed a Pangolin, expertly spotted by our ranger, Roan !, it just got better and better from there on, we spent many hours over the next few days with the Kikelezi female leopard and her two cubs. We also had two sightings of the two Matshipiri Male Lions, as well as an exciting interaction between the Bicycle Crossing Male leopard, a second unknown male Leopard and two Spotted Hyaenas who all wanted a piece of a warthog kill.

We also visited the Hyaena den site and photographed the young cubs.

We spent our final morning with the Leopard cubs and were surprised to see another leopard arrive, the mother of the cubs immediately climbed into the tree to protect her Impala kill, and the young male cub ventured out to investigate the newly arrived Leopard who snarled at it as it approached. However the Leopard turned out to be the older daughter from the same mother who had become independant about a year ago (their step sister).

There was no serious aggression shown but they did keep their distance from each other.

Many thanks to all the lodge staff that looked after us at each location and also to our rangers, Yuko at Moholoholo, Stefan at Indlovu River Lodge, Bernhard & Thomas at Ngala and Roan 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, Marc, Sue and Rita, it was great travelling with you all and sharing many special experiences and photographic opportunities with you.

Enjoy the photos

Best wishes

Stu

Cape Griffon Vulture - Moholoholo
Cape Griffon Vulture - Moholoholo
White Backed Vulture - Moholoholo
White Backed Vulture - Moholoholo
Marabou Stork - Moholoholo
Marabou Stork - Moholoholo
Turner's Gecko - Copyright Rita Daubeney - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Turner's Gecko - Copyright Rita Daubeney - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Black Mamba - Copyright Rita Daubeney - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Black Mamba - Copyright Rita Daubeney - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Flat Rock Scorpion under ultra violet light - Copyright Rita Daubeney - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Flat Rock Scorpion under ultra violet light - Copyright Rita Daubeney - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Green Mamba - Copyright Sue Green - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Green Mamba - Copyright Sue Green - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Puff Adder - Copyright Sue Green - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Puff Adder - Copyright Sue Green - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Bearded dragon - Copyright Sue Green - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Bearded dragon - Copyright Sue Green - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Green Mamba - Copyright Marc Welt - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Green Mamba - Copyright Marc Welt - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Horned baboon Spider - Copyright Marc Welt - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Horned baboon Spider - Copyright Marc Welt - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Boomslang - Copyright Marc Welt - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Boomslang - Copyright Marc Welt - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Snouted Cobra - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Snouted Cobra - Kinyonga Reptile Park
Female Nyala drinking - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Female Nyala drinking - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma Baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma Baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Blue Waxbill - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Blue Waxbill - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma baboons - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma baboons - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Grey - go - away Bird - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Grey - go - away Bird - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Cape Turtle Doves - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Cape Turtle Doves - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Glossy Starlings - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Glossy Starlings - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Yellow Throated Petronia - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Yellow Throated Petronia - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Golden Breasted Bunting - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Golden Breasted Bunting - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Hammerkop - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Hammerkop - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Dark Capped Bulbul - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Dark Capped Bulbul - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Nyala and baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Nyala and baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma Baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Chacma Baboon - Indlovu River Lodge, Karongwe Game Reserve
Male Leopard - Ngala Private Reserve
Male Leopard - Ngala Private Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog - Ngala Private Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog - Ngala Private Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppies - Ngala Private Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppies - Ngala Private Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppies - Ngala Private Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppies - Ngala Private Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppies - Ngala Private Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppies - Ngala Private Reserve
Young female Leopard - Ngala Private Reserve
Young female Leopard - Ngala Private Reserve
Male Leopard feeding on the remains of the young Waterbuck - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Male Leopard feeding on the remains of the young Waterbuck - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Honey badgers - Ngala Private Reserve
Honey badgers - Ngala Private Reserve
Giraffe - Ngala Private Reserve
Giraffe - Ngala Private Reserve
Lion - Ngala Private Reserve
Lion - Ngala Private Reserve
Lion - Ngala Private Reserve
Lion - Ngala Private Reserve
Male Kudu - Kruger National Park
Male Kudu - Kruger National Park
Purple Roller - Kruger National Park
Purple Roller - Kruger National Park
Cheetahs - Kruger National Park
Cheetahs - Kruger National Park
Cheetah - Kruger National Park
Cheetah - Kruger National Park
Cheetahs - Kruger National Park
Cheetahs - Kruger National Park
Lioness with Wildebeest kill - Kruger National Park
Lioness with Wildebeest kill - Kruger National Park
Elephant - Kruger National Park
Elephant - Kruger National Park
Male Nyala - Kruger National Park
Male Nyala - Kruger National Park
Lioness watching an elephant pass by  - Kruger National Park
Lioness watching an elephant pass by - Kruger National Park
Herd of Wildebeest drinking - Kruger National Park
Herd of Wildebeest drinking - Kruger National Park
Pied Kingfishers - Kruger National Park
Pied Kingfishers - Kruger National Park
Kudu - Kruger National Park
Kudu - Kruger National Park
Kudu reflection - Kruger National Park
Kudu reflection - Kruger National Park
Lilac Breasted Roller - Kruger National Park
Lilac Breasted Roller - Kruger National Park
Lions on Buffalo Kill - Kruger National Park
Lions on Buffalo Kill - Kruger National Park
Malachite Kingfisher - Kruger National Park
Malachite Kingfisher - Kruger National Park
Collared Sunbird - Kruger National Park
Collared Sunbird - Kruger National Park
Klipspringers - Kruger National Park
Klipspringers - Kruger National Park
Male Lion - Kruger National Park
Male Lion - Kruger National Park
Male Lion in road near Lower Sabie - Kruger National Park
Male Lion in road near Lower Sabie - Kruger National Park
Crowned Lapwing - Kruger National Park
Crowned Lapwing - Kruger National Park
Egyptian Goose - Kruger National Park
Egyptian Goose - Kruger National Park
Three Banded Plover - Kruger National Park
Three Banded Plover - Kruger National Park
African Jacana - Kruger National Park
African Jacana - Kruger National Park
Black Headed Oriole - Kruger National Park
Black Headed Oriole - Kruger National Park
Young Bushbuck - Kruger National Park
Young Bushbuck - Kruger National Park
Southern Ground Hornbill - Kruger National Park
Southern Ground Hornbill - Kruger National Park
Bateleur Eagle - Kruger National Park
Bateleur Eagle - Kruger National Park
Lilac Breasted Roller - Kruger National Park
Lilac Breasted Roller - Kruger National Park
Male Steenbok - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Male Steenbok - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Pangolin - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Pangolin - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Lesser Bushbaby - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Lesser Bushbaby - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Young Male leopard cub  - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Young Male leopard cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Young Hyaena cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Young Hyaena cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi Female Leopard stalking - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi Female Leopard stalking - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Waterbuck watching the Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Waterbuck watching the Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi Female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi Female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi female Leopard with the male cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi female Leopard with the male cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi female Leopard with the male cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi female Leopard with the male cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi female leopard with the male cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Kikelezi female leopard with the male cub - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The young female cub of the Kikelezi female leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The young female cub of the Kikelezi female leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Crested Barbet - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Crested Barbet - 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 "Bike"  - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The "Bike" - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Spotted Hyaena approaching the site of the warthog kill and the Bicycle crossing Male leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Spotted Hyaena approaching the site of the warthog kill and the Bicycle crossing Male leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The "Bike" snarling at the approaching Hyaena - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The "Bike" snarling at the approaching Hyaena - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The second male Leopard at the site of the Warthog Kill - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The second male Leopard at the site of the Warthog Kill - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
One of the Matshipiri Male Lions - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
One of the Matshipiri Male Lions - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Matshipiri Male Lion - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Matshipiri Male Lion - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Matshipiri Male lion - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
Matshipiri Male lion - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The step daughter of the the Kikelezi female leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The step daughter of the the Kikelezi female leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The young female cub of the Kikelezi female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The young female cub of the Kikelezi female Leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The step daughter of the the Kikelezi female leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve
The step daughter of the the Kikelezi female leopard - Mala Mala Private Game reserve

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3 Comments

  • It is amazing that you got all these great images on one safari. Outstanding!

    Don Getty - August 03rd, 2016 at 5:59pm

  • This is a great collection, am looking forward to joining you on this one some time next year, some terrific pics, looks like they all turned up for you at the right time Stu.

    Silva - August 05th, 2016 at 1:36am

  • Great collection of pictures Stu. Fantastic for all one tour. Thank you so much for a great trip !

    Sue Green - August 18th, 2016 at 8:39am

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Testimonials The wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm Stu shared was priceless, from identifying birds and pointing out animal behaviors, to stories about Kruger Park past, and of course, answering photography questions day in and day out. You were so patient! I really appreciated the custom photo safari vehicle and thoughtful design and extra space it afforded, and the advantage and flexibility of traveling with such a small number of people. I learnt so much, and I look forward to sorting through the images and enjoying remembering all the things we did during our busy photo safari.

Helen Cruickshank, Australia

Testimonials For thirty-five years I had dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa. This year I finally realized that dream and it is fair to say that my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way. I had done extensive research on African photographic safaris on the Internet before settling on Wild 4 photo safaris. What an inspired choice that turned out to be! This family company run by Stu Porter and his wife, Justyna, and aided by Stu’s parents, John and Ann, provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level.  Stu is one South Africa’s finest wild-life photographers and a first-class teacher into the bargain. His knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopaedic. I was accompanied on the trip by my 25 year-old daughter, Amy, and we eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps to photograph animals at sunrise.  Every day brought its special moments whether the spectacle of lions mating just a few metres from the jeep, or leopards lying lazily in the grass digesting a meal, or elephants and hippos frolicking in a river. The days sped by and we returned home with thousands of photographs of birds and animals to sort through and cherish for the memories they bring back. A safari with Wild 4 is more than a photographic experience with a master photographer: it is an initiation into the wonders of South Africa – its wild-life and spectacular landscapes - and, above all, an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bond in common purpose. Everything about Wild 4 is first class: organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect. Our safari with Stu and Wild4 was truly the experience of a life-time.

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