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LIONS and LEOPARDS of KRUGER photo safari trip report - July 2019

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 12th Jan 2020

The first of our 2019 Lions & Leopards of Kruger photo safaris was spent at Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park and Mala Mala.

Jock safari lodge proved a great place for Black & White Rhino, Lion and Leopard and the beautiful Biyamiti River was our playground for the first 3 nights of our safari. The location of the camp right on the river is really beautiful and as usual, we were well looked after by the lodge staff and our fantastic head ranger, Laz !!

After 3 great nights at Jock Safari Lodge, we headed towards Satara Camp, located in central Kruger. Here we spent full days out in the park. We also enjoyed sitting and waiting for the wildlife to come to us at Nkaya Pan and Shimangwaneni Dam. Both full days were very productive and we spent time photographing Giraffe, Elephant, Zebra and were treated to a late afternoon sighting of a pack of endangered African Wild dogs.

Our next stop inside the Kruger National Park was a Lower Sabie Camp. This is always a very productive area, and again we spent many hours at the waterholes, particularly Clyde's Pan and the famous Sunset Dam, located right outside the camp. Being so close to camp allows you to get to this dam for the sunrise and also stay right until sunset. We were treated to a very rare sighting (in the Kruger) of an African Skimmer, which proceeded to chase a Grey Heron. The usual groups of Hippos, Crocodiles and many water birds were all photographed here.

Our final 3 nights were spent at Mala Mala. Our first drive took us down to the beautiful Sand River where we found the Kambula Lionesses resting in the shade of the reeds. One Gowrie Male Lion was with them too. This was a great start to our stay. Over the next two days, we saw and photographed some beautiful Leopards and the highlight was watching the new cubs of one of the Lionesses being introduced to the pride.

Many thanks to all the lodge staff that looked after us at each location and also to our guides and rangers, Lazarus at Jock Safari Lodge and Cam at Mala Mala, thank you all for your hard work and patience and for getting us into sightings and spending quality photographic time with the animals. A massive thanks also to the Wild4 backup team (mum & dad !! ) who looked after us so well in the Kruger National Park.

Finally, thank you to the participants, David, Francoise and Helen, it was really great to meet you Helen and to have David & Francoise back on another trip with us. Thank you all for joining this Lions & Leopards of Kruger photo safari.

Please enjoy some of the photos below.

Best wishes

Stu

Young Leopard in the Biyamiti River, Jock Safari Lodge. African Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Young Leopard in the Biyamiti River, Jock Safari Lodge. African Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Leopard in the late afternoon at Nkaya Pan in the Kruger National Park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Leopard in the late afternoon at Nkaya Pan in the Kruger National Park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Common Waterbuck at Shimangwaneni Dam, Kruger Park. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Common Waterbuck at Shimangwaneni Dam, Kruger Park. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Two young bull Elephants in the Kruger. African Photo Safari
Two young bull Elephants in the Kruger. African Photo Safari
Large dark male Giraffe in the Kruger National Park. South Africa photography safaris
Large dark male Giraffe in the Kruger National Park. South Africa photography safaris
African Wild dog, Kruger Park. Stu Porter Photo Tour
African Wild dog, Kruger Park. Stu Porter Photo Tour
African Wild dog, also known as a Cape Hunting dog, Kruger National Park. South Africa photography safaris
African Wild dog, also known as a Cape Hunting dog, Kruger National Park. South Africa photography safaris
Zebra drinking at Nkaya Pan, Kruger. African Photo Safari. Wild4 Photographic Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Zebra drinking at Nkaya Pan, Kruger. African Photo Safari. Wild4 Photographic Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Zebra in the Kruger. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Zebra in the Kruger. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Cape (African) Buffalo at Nkaya Pan, Kruger Park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Cape (African) Buffalo at Nkaya Pan, Kruger Park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Red Billed Hornbill, Kruger Park. South Africa photography safaris
Red Billed Hornbill, Kruger Park. South Africa photography safaris
Impala running through Nkaya Pan. African Photo Safari
Impala running through Nkaya Pan. African Photo Safari
Warthogs drinking at Nkaya Pan. Stu Porter Photo Tour. Wildlife Panorama
Warthogs drinking at Nkaya Pan. Stu Porter Photo Tour. Wildlife Panorama
Sunset in the Kruger Park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Sunset in the Kruger Park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Male Impala at Clyde's Pan, Kruger Park. African Photo Safari
Male Impala at Clyde's Pan, Kruger Park. African Photo Safari
Female Kudu, Kruger park. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Female Kudu, Kruger park. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Impala drinking, Kruger. South Africa photography safaris
Impala drinking, Kruger. South Africa photography safaris
Male IMpala with Ox Peckers, Kruger Park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Male IMpala with Ox Peckers, Kruger Park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Wooly Necked Stork, Kruger Park. African Photo Safari
Wooly Necked Stork, Kruger Park. African Photo Safari
Lions on a rock in the Sabie River, Kruger National Park. South Africa photography safaris
Lions on a rock in the Sabie River, Kruger National Park. South Africa photography safaris
Yellow Billed Stork in flight. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Yellow Billed Stork in flight. Stu Porter Photo Tour
The African Skimmer chasing the Grey Heron, Sunset Dam, Kruger park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
The African Skimmer chasing the Grey Heron, Sunset Dam, Kruger park. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Hippo, Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie. African Photo Safari
Hippo, Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie. African Photo Safari
Large group of Giraffe at Clyde's Pan. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Large group of Giraffe at Clyde's Pan. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Elephants arriving at Clyde's pan. Wild4 Photographic Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Elephants arriving at Clyde's pan. Wild4 Photographic Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Animals at Clyde's Pan, Kruger Park. African Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Animals at Clyde's Pan, Kruger Park. African Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Male Kudu running, Kruger Park. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Male Kudu running, Kruger Park. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Chacma Baboon at the pan. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Chacma Baboon at the pan. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Male Impala drinking, Clyde's Pan. African Photo Safari
Male Impala drinking, Clyde's Pan. African Photo Safari
One of the Gowrie Male Lions at Mala Mala. South Africa photography safaris
One of the Gowrie Male Lions at Mala Mala. South Africa photography safaris
Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Mala Mala. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Mala Mala. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Mala Mala. African Photo Safari
Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Mala Mala. African Photo Safari
Young Leopard at Mala Mala. South Africa photography safaris
Young Leopard at Mala Mala. South Africa photography safaris
Adult female Leopard at Mala Mala. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Adult female Leopard at Mala Mala. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Female Leopard, Mala Mala. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Female Leopard, Mala Mala. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Young Leopard in a tree, Mala Mala. African Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Young Leopard in a tree, Mala Mala. African Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Lioness from the Kambula pride drinking. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Lioness from the Kambula pride drinking. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Young Lion cub, Mala Mala. Stu Porter Photo Tour
Young Lion cub, Mala Mala. Stu Porter Photo Tour
One of the young Lion cubs of the Kambula Lioness. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
One of the young Lion cubs of the Kambula Lioness. Wild4 Photographic Safaris
Small cubs meeting their bigger cousins for the first time, Mala Mala. African Photo Safari
Small cubs meeting their bigger cousins for the first time, Mala Mala. African Photo Safari

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