First stop was the Blyde River Canyon for some waterfall and landscape photography, followed by a two night stay at Forest Camp where we enjoyed a full day of African Reptile Photography - many thanks again to Donald for providing us with such a great reptile experience :)
Tshukudu Game Reserve, Ngala Private Game Reserve and Mala Mala made up the following 9 nights where we were treated to great and varied sightings of that magnificent cat the Leopard. One of the highlights at Ngala was a visit to the Wilddog den site where we were lucky enough to see all 9 puppies and the adults returning from a successful hunt to regurgitate food for the youngsters. A female Leopard and her two large male cubs as well as two different Lion prides made the stay at Ngala extra special - many thanks to Andrew our ranger and Sam the expert tracker...
At Mala Mala we were once again well looked after by our ranger Brendan - thanks for another awesome stay Brendan !! it started off with a sighting of the small Charleston Pride - two sub adult males and a female - a first for me. Then we had a great run with Leopards, the cub of the Tamboti female, the Kekelezi female with her two cubs, the Nottens female with an impala kill, the West street male and that magnificent Male leopard the "bike"..
The stay was topped off on the final morning with a great sighting with a very small and wobbly baby elephant only a week or so old.
Finally we headed out into the Kruger National Park and based ourselves at Lower Sabie. Sunset Dam and Clyde's pan were on our agenda and we spent many hours sitting at these two bodies of water photographing the birds and mammals as they came down to drink.
Here are a few images from the trip we hope you will enjoy them.
Thanks again to all the staff at the lodges who made our stay so comfortable and to our rangers, Charles at Forest Camp, Matt at Tshukudu, Andrew at Ngala and Brendan at Mala Mala, thanks for getting us into those great positions for some excellent photos !!
A huge thanks to mum for the excellent catering in the Kruger !!
Thanks so much to Larry and Debbie for coming out on safari with us, it was an absolute pleasure to have been able to show you around the Kruger area - looking forward to the next trip with you..
Small waterfall on the Kadishi Trail - Blyde Canyon
Kadishi waterfall - Blyde Canyon
View of the Blyde Canyon and the Sundial with the Three Rondawels - Blyde Canyon
Bourke's Luck Potholes
Aloes in flower - near the "Pinnacle"
Scarlet Chested Sunbird - Forest Camp
White Backed Vulture - Forest Camp
Boomslang - Reptile Park
Green Mamba - Reptile Park
Black Mamba - Reptile Park
Snouted Cobra - Reptile Park
Jabula - Big Cat Reserve
Male Greater Painted Snipe - Big Cat Reserve
Nile Crocodile - Big Cat Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Puppy - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Den site - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Cape Hunting dog puppies playing - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Adult regurgitating food for the hungry puppies - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Puppy with the ear of an Impala - Ngala Private Game Reserve
One of the year old Male leopard cubs - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The second male Leopard cub - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The female Leopard with her two large male cubs - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Male Lion - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Wildebeest - Ngala Private Game Reserve
A sub adult female from the Birmingham Pride - Ngala Private Game Reserve
A sub adult male from the Birmingham Pride - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The "Tekwane" female Leopard - Ngala Private Game Reserve
Two lions form the "Skoro" pride - Ngala Private Game Reserve
The two subadult Male Lions of the Charleston Pride - Mala Mala
The cub of the Tamboti female Leopard - Mala Mala
The Kekelezi female Leopard with one of her cubs - Mala Mala
A Coqui Francolin - Mala Mala
Collared Sunbird - Mala Mala
The Nottens female leopard - Mala Mala
Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Mala Mala
Dead tree and stars - Mala Mala
African Harrier Hawk swallowing a snake - Mala Mala
African Hawk Eagle - Mala Mala
Bicycle Crossing Male Leopard - "The Bike" - Mala Mala
Baby Elephant - Mala Mala
African Fish Eagle Landing - Kruger National Park
Young Hippos fighting - Kruger National Park
Young Hippos fighting - Kruger National Park
White Fronted Bee Eater - Kruger National Park
Southern Giraffe - Kruger National Park
Elephant Herd in the Sabi River - Kruger National Park
Gabar Goshawk - Kruger National Park
Spotted Hyaena and reflection - Kruger National Park
Impala and Reb Billed Oxpecker - Kruger National Park
Giraffe and Impala drinking at Clyde's pan - Kruger National Park
Impala - Kruger National Park
Egyptian Goose - Kruger National Park