Sunday, November 27, 2011

NOVEMBER 2011 - Scott Grubb in the MASAI MARA

Hi all,

Many thanks to Scott for sending through some of his favourites from his trip to Kenya's Masai Mara.
To view more of Scott's photos please click on this link to his flickr site.

Many thanks again Scott, and all the best to everyone.

The first trip of next years season will be to Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Kindest regards

The WILD4 Team !!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

OCTOBER 2011 - Best of KRUGER plus BIG CATS photo safari

The final trip of the season has been completed and the rainy season has officially arrived in the Kruger area !

Finally the pressure of the dry season was broken and the rains brought fresh new grass and leaves to the park. Bird activity was impressive with a number of migrants returning.

News from the Big Cat Reserve is that the new baby elephant is still doing well although we did not manage to see it on this trip.

Many thanks again to the staff at the Big Cat Reserve and to our ranger Jaco !

The next trip report will be from the trip to Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti next February where we expect to see the gathering of 1000's and 1000's or Wildebeest in the open plains of Southern Serengeti.

All the very best to everyone and look out for the client photos that will be posted soon. If anyone still wants to send in some photos for the Client Blog then please feel free, 600px on the longest side will fit best.

Warm regards from us all

Stu & the WILD4 team

Hippo - Kruger National Park

Steenbok - Kruger National Park

Cheetah at sunset - Big Cat Reserve

Caracal Jumping - Big Cat Reserve

Male Lion - Big Cat Reserve

Grey Heron at sunset - Kruger National Park

Lions - Kruger National Park

White Rhino's enjoying the new green grass - Kruger Nat Park

Southern Ground Hornbill - Kruger National Park

Hippos fighting - Kruger National Park

Lesser Striped Swallow - Kruger National Park

African Fish Eagle - Kruger National Park

Great White Egret - Kruger National Park

Hammerkop - Kruger National Park

Female Waterbuck - Kruger National Park

Thursday, October 13, 2011

OCTOBER 2011 - Lions & Leopards of MALA MALA photo safari

Hi all,

Here are some photos from the latest photo safari to the Big Cat Reserve, Gomo Gomo and Mala Mala. The first rains of the season fell whilst we were at the Big Cat Reserve and the bush has already begun to sprout its first green shoots.

Exciting news out of the reserve is that Malutka - Becky's calf, has produced a baby boy. We were lucky to see the baby elephant on his first day of life at the big cat reserve.

The Ross pride at Gomo Gomo was seen every day and we learned of the sad news that the female with the dislocated hip had killed and eaten 3 new cubs, one of which was a rare white lion. She must be struggling to keep up with the pride on their hunts and eats whatever she can to survive. The two other cubs we saw earlier in the year are still doing well.

Mala Mala produced a fantastic leopard experience with a mating pair joined by a young female who seemed very curious about the whole thing. We saw these leopards everyday and got some fantastic shots.

All 4 of the Manyeleti Males were seen as well as the Styx Pride and 3 of the Eyrefield lionesses.

Many thanks to our rangers - Doug (Big Cat Reserve), Ewan (Gomo) and Ryan (Mala Mala) for your patience and hard work :) it is greatly appreciated...

Enjoy !!

The final trip for this season will be to the Big Cat Reserve and the Kruger National Park - look out for the trip report.

Warmest regards to everyone


Cheetah - Big Cat Reserve

White Backed Vulture - Forest Camp Extension

Ntombi with the remains of an Impala kill - Big Cat Reserve

Blacksmith Lapwing - Mala Mala

Cheetah - Big Cat Reserve

Cheetahs - Big Cat Reserve

Malutka, Becky and the new arrival - Big Cat Reserve

Male Lion - Gomo Gomo

The Ross pride - Gomo Gomo

Hyaena with the remains of the Leopards kill - Gomo Gomo

Young Leopard - Gomo Gomo

Dwarf Mongoose - Gomo Gomo

Magpie Shrike - Gomo Gomo

Two of the Manyeleti males - Mala Mala

Leopards mating - Mala Mala

Female Leopard drinking - Mala Mala

Lions drinking - Mala Mala

The beautiful Sand River flowing through Mala Mala

Water Monitor Lizard - Mala Mala

Male Lion shaking - Mala Mala

Leopard at night - Mala Mala

Leopards mating at night - Mala Mala

Female Leopard - Mala Mala

Leopard - Mala Mala

The Styx pride - Mala Mala

Leopards mating - Mala Mala

Female Leopard in the Sand River - Mala Mala

Female Leopard - Mala Mala

Lioness yawning - Mala Mala

Lions greeting - Mala Mala

Elephant arriving at the sand river for a drink - Mala Mala

Female Leopard - Mala Mala

Saddle Billed Storks - Mala Mala

Grey Go-Away bird - Mala Mala

Elephant - Mala Mala

Cape Buffalo at night - Mala Mala

Leopard at sunset - Mala Mala