Saturday, June 29, 2013

JUNE 2013 "LIONS & LEOPARDS of Mala Mala" WILD4 photo safari

Just back from the "Lions and Leopards of Mala Mala" photo tour and not only did we visit the Big Cat Reserve, Kruger National Park and Mala Mala, we also added on the 2 night Reptile and Vulture extension. This trip still offers the best variety of species and locations.

Helen and Linda - thanks very much for joining us on safari it was a pleasure to have met you both and to see the passion you both have for the natural world !!

Many thanks to all the staff at the different lodges and to our rangers, Doug at the Big Cat Reserve and Brendan at Mala Mala, without you guys these shots would not be possible - thanks very much !!

Enjoy !!

The wild4 team !!




Caracal - Big Cat Reserve

Lions at the Big Cat Reserve

Caracal at the Big Cat Reserve

Lioness = Big Cat Reserve

Jabula the male Leopard - Big Cat Reserve

Lilac Breasted Roller - Kruger Park

Female Leopard - Kruger Park

3 Cheetah Brothers - Kruger Park

Zebra running - Kruger Park

Male Common Waterbuck - Kruger Park

Tawny Eagle - Kruger Park

Hippos resting - Kruger Park

Hippos and Ox Peckers - Kruger Park

Cape Buffalo - Kruger Park

Bateleur Eagle - Kruger Park 

Saddle Billed Stork in flight - Mala Mala

Son of the Dudley Female - Mala Mala

Young Male Lions of the Styx Pride - Mala Mala

Princess Alice Pans Male Leopard - Mala Mala

Daughter of the Matshipiri female - Mala Mala

Zebra running - Mala Mala

Young male Lions of the Styx Pride

Young Male Lion of the Styx Pride

Female of the styx pride - Mala Mala

Styx pride females - Mala Mala

Vultures at Sunset - Forest Camp extension

Juvenile Lappet Faced Vulture - Forest Camp extension

Female Impala - Mala Mala

The Tamboti female - Mala Mala

Veiled Chameleon - Khamai Reptile Park

Princess Alice Pans Male Leopard carrying the remains of a bushbuck - Mala Mala

Young Styx pride Lionesses playing in the Sand River

Two young Caracals at sunset - Big Cat Reserve

Giant Plated Lizard - Khamai Reptile Park, photo courtesy Helen Clarke

Golden Brown Baboon Spider - Khamai Reptile Park, photo courtesy Helen Clarke

Green Mamba - Khamai Reptile Park - photo courtesy Linda Cappello

Snouted Cobra - Khamai Reptile Park - photo courtesy Linda Cappello

Sungazer Lizard - Khamai Reptile Park - photo courtesy Linda Cappello

Flat Rock Scorpion under ultra violet light - Khamai Reptile Park, photo courtesy Helen Clarke


JUNE 2013 MALA MALA photo safari

Here are a few photos from a 4 night stay at Mala Mala in June 2013. We were treated to sightings of all the big cats. Unfortunately the 4 cheetah brothers that were seen together a few years ago are now down to only one ! and he was walking with a limp when we saw him up at Clarendon.

We spent a good deal of time with the Eyrefield pride and saw them everyday. They were on a killing spree, finishing off a Buffalo then taking down a wildebeest and on our last morning they killed a baby buffalo in the sand river.

Another very special treat was to see the Tamboti Female Leopard with her two cubs !! they are already very relaxed around the vehicles and a rare sighting indeed - thanks must go to master ranger - Pieter for finding them in a very hidden place !!

Many thanks to the staff at Mala Mala and to Matt Nolden, Noldy !! our ranger who got us into the most amazing position for the photos of the Eyrefield pride in the Sand River, thanks Noldy !!!


Tamboti Female Leopard with cub - Mala Mala

Leopard cubs - Mala Mala

Leopard cubs - Mala Mala


Princess Alice Pans Male Leopard - Mala Mala

Male Cheetah - Mala Mala

Zebra drinking - Mala Mala

Buffalo resting - Mala Mala

Eyrefield lion cub - Mala Mala

Eyrefield Lioness - Mala Mala

Eyrefield Lioness and cub - Mala Mala

Eyrefield pride - Mala Mala

Cape Buffalo butting heads - Mala Mala

Styx pride Lioness - Mala Mala

Eyrefield lion cub feeding on the wildebeest - Mala Mala

Eyrefield Lioness in the sand river at night

Caracal - Big Cat Reserve

Spotted hyaena - Mala Mala

Eyrefield Lion cub running through water - Mala Mala

The Eyrefield pride in the Sand River after killing the Buffalo calf - Mala Mala

Watching the herd of buffalo - Mala Mala