Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BIG CATS, KRUGER and MALA MALA April 2013 photo safari

This was a tailor made photo safari incorporating the three best locations we have on offer on our SOUTH AFRICAN tours.

The trip began at the Big Cat Reserve, Cheetahs, Lions and Leopards, as well as two new stars at the reserve, Caracal kittens !!

The two male Cheetahs, Hunters and Floppy continue to provide excellent photo opportunities, so too did the female King Cheetah who is now back to full strength after breaking her leg last year.

Many thanks yet again to Jaco our ranger who continues to offer an experience second to none at this reserve which we have now been visiting for the past 10 years !!

The timing could not have been more perfect, during breakfast on our final morning the heavens opened with a very heavy late in the season rainstorm that dropped over 40mm's in less than 45 mins. This should provide good water well into the dry season and the grass and animals will be very happy about it.

On to Kruger National Park where we spent some time at the bird hide near Skukuza camp. Good Hippos, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers offered some great photo opportunities.

Then it was off to Mala Mala Game Reserve and again this reserve produced great opportunities. Many thanks to Pieter our ranger who got us up close and personal with Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cape Hunting Dogs and even a rare Pangolin - many thanks Pieter !!! thanks too to all the staff at both reserves for a most hospitable stay.

Here are a few photos from the tour:

Enjoy and all the best

The WILD4 Team !

King Cheetah - Big Cat Reserve

Male Lion - Big Cat Reserve

Lioness and cubs - Big Cat Reserve

Female Leopard - Big Cat Reserve

Male Leopard - Big Cat Reserve

Zebra - Kruger Park

Hippo - Kruger Park

Malachite Kingfisher - Kruger Park

Cheetah - Big Cat Reserve

Caracal - Big Cat Reserve

Caracals - Big Cat Reserve

Crocodile - Big Cat Reserve

Young Elephant - Mala Mala

Crocodile taken with a GO PRO Hero 2 - Big Cat Reserve

Male Lion yawning - Mala Mala

"West Street Male" Leopard  - Mala Mala

Giraffe - Mala Mala

"West Street Male" Leopard - Mala Mala

"West Street Male" Leopard - Mala Mala

Young female Leopard - Mala Mala

Male Lion - Mala Mala

Male Lion - Mala Mala

Male Impala - Mala Mala

Marabou Stork - Mala Mala

Cape Hunting Dogs - Mala Mala

Cape Hunting dog - Mala Mala

Pangolin - Mala Mala

Lion Pride - Mala Mala

"Tamboti female" Leopard - Mala Mala

Male Elephant - Mala Mala

Black winged Stilt - Kruger Park

"Tamboti female" Leopard - Mala Mala