Wednesday, July 4, 2012

LIONS & LEOPARDS of Mala Mala Photo Safari June 2012

WE have just completed the first of our "Lions and Leopards of Mala Mala" Photo Safari. Our 4 nights in the Kruger National Park offered great opportunities with the general game species, Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Buffalo, Impala, Kudu, a rare Sharpe's Grysbok and a number of bird species, not to mention a brief encounter with a Leopard and a 10 km walk with a Lioness.

Then we headed off for 3 nights at the Private Big Cat Reserve to photograph their Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs. One night just as we headed off to our rooms after dinner we were interrupted by Ntombi chasing an Impala through the camp which she subsequently managed to catch outside room 10 !! We stood in amazement as she wrestled with her prey meters from us. Once it was over she began to feed on the Impala and was joined by Teneray the young Caracal. Unusual photos of a Caracal at one end of the Impala and a cheetah at the other end were captured. Ntombi was surprisingly tolerant of the intruder.

More excitement followed at Mala Mala where we spent our final 3 nights. We had a pair of Cheetah brothers to ourselves for an entire afternoon and got some great sunset shots of them. The following day started with a visit to the Wilddog Den, a mating pair of leopards, a 3 week old Leopard cub and a Lioness with 3 cubs !!

We also had great fun shooting the first WILD4 GO PRO Movie Trailer - what a great piece of equipment and what a great place to use it !!!

Many thanks to Jaco for another amazing guiding experience at the Big Cat Reserve and to Gary, our awesome Ranger at Mala Mala !!

Here are a few of the photos and the GO PRO Movie Trailer , hope you enjoy them !!

Kindest regards from the Wild4 Team !


White Backed Vulture - Forest Camp Extension

Marabou Stork - Forest Camp Extension

Vultures at Sunset - Forest Camp Extension

Sungazer Lizard - Forest Camp Reptile Park extension

Lioness in the Kruger Park

Giraffe - Kruger Park

Sharpe's Grysbok - Kruger Park

Male Impala, Kruger Park

Greater Kudu - Kruger Park

Elephant, Giraffe and a Crocodile - Kruger Park

Giraffe - Kruger Park

Zebra - Kruger Park

Cape Buffalo - Kruger Park

Cape Buffalo fighting = Kruger Park

Caracal and Impala kill - Big Cat Reserve

Ntombi with her Impala Kill outside Room 10 - Big Cat Reserve

Ntombi and her Impala Kill - 15 second exposure and two flash bursts
capturing the same Cheetah twice

Two Cheetah Brothers at Mala Mala

Cheetah at sunset - Mala Mala

Cheetah at Sunset - Mala Mala

Wilddog pups - Mala Mala

Female Leopard - Mala Mala

Leopards mating - Mala Mala

Scrib Hare at night - Mala Mala

Brown Headed Parrots - Mala Mala

Young Elephant - Mala Mala

Female Elephant - Mala Mala

Young Kudu Bull - Mala Mala

Wilddog pup - Mala Mala

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