Leopard, Selous, Tanzania 2016

Morning, near the Great Ruaha River, Selous Wilderness, Tanzania. Canon PowershotG3X




Wild Dogs of Zululand

We are blessed to live where we do, and to be able to do what we love. And every once in a while we get the opportunity to go off into the African bush, and cleanse our souls and refresh our tired bodies the way only the wild places can. And in wild places you find Wild Dogs!! Back in September we spent three wonderful days at Leopard Mountain Game Lodge. Accommodation is first class, food superb, hospitality excellent, guides are among the best we have seen especially Ivor van Rooyen. The highlight of the experience? Just wonderful close up sightings of the wild dogs, both mornings. And after only three months, I have processed the images and got round to posting them. Quite quick for me, for personal images actually.



Nazeemah and Saleem at Tala Game Reserve

This was the first time that we have been accompanied by an armed guard on a photoshoot!! Eish, the country is really going down the tubes, I hear all those expats in Australia say, need a bodyguard if you are walking around with a decent camera!! No, we had the absolute joy of being able to wander freely around Tala Game Reserve, escorted for our protection by Lawrence from the Anti-Poaching Unit. Lawrence is the owner at at RaveRhino, a not for profit organisation set up to defend rhino from poachers. The situation with rhino poaching is getting so bad in South Africa that rhinos have their own bodyguards, certainly in the smaller game reserves. Tala Game Reserve is conveniently situated between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, is malaria free and has wonderful wedding options, as well as game. The work of the Anti Poaching Unit run by RaveRhino ensures that there just might be some of these amazing animals around for a few more years. To find out more about their work, and to donate, please visit www.raverhino.org.za.


Because we were escorted we got fantastic access to areas, getting out of the vehicle when you would not be able to otherwise, especially approaching sundown when most people have to be back at the accommodation or out of the gate. This gave us the opportunity to give Saleem and Nazeemah exactly what they wanted from their photographs, some real Out of Africa images.





Wildlife Photography – Cheetah


I am blessed to be able to return to South Africa as often as I do. I try to spend as much time as possible with my family, but I also love the opportunity to explore some of the excellent game reserves that are available, often not too expensively. The wilderness areas of Africa are so special, they can really refresh you. The emptiness, the stillness that you can find in the early morning is just so peaceful, but of course there is the added attraction of seeing some of the inhabitants, large and small. I was very fortunate to visit Thanda Game Reserve during my visit in December 2013, and as always I had a camera with me!


We had some wonderful viewings, the rangers are very expert and really know the reserve and the animals. We did not see leopard but we did see all the other Big 5 animals – elephants, lions, rhino and buffalo. And we were very fortunate to see cheetah on two separate occasions, once was two adult males, and the other was a mother with cubs! Stunning! So beautiful! The adult males – brothers, we were told – were quite relaxed, as you can see. The cubs did play hide and peek and their mom moved them on after a short while. Nonetheless, a real privilege!

I hope you enjoy these, more to come.