Elephant Jam

At last, the sun is back and the animals are stirring again. Headed north out of Mopani towards Shingwedzi but not intending to go that far north. We passed several water holes and pans but there was little movement around them. We saw a Saddle Billed Stork plus an unidentified Stork – doesn’t look like…

All Quiet

Another cool day with quite a cold wind greeted us today and we had a couple of hours to spare before breakfast so we headed south towards Satara. Due to the cold weather the animals seemed to be sitting deep to keep warm so there was little to see. One notable exception was a small…

Letaba Wildlife

Very quiet overnight, just the one Lion roar and no Hyena calls but the river running below keeps up a permanent backdrop of cascading water. The day started off windy and overcast but fairly warm so we took a short drive north towards Letaba camp but saw nothing of any great interest other than two…

Late Night Leopard

We set off at 6:00am to Nsemani dam where three Lions had been reported feasting on the night’s catch. They were gone by the time we arrived but we did witness a herd of Buffalo, Hippopotamus and a couple of ‘Ellies’ in the vicinity. A bird of prey was seen hovering over the savannah but…

Night of the Jackal

There were many sounds throughout the night with Lions and Hyenas the most prevalent, the Hyenas making a range of strange and sinister sounds. When morning broke we set off down the S100, S41 roads that the previous day had many sightings of Lion and Leopard, today nothing! We returned via the N’wanetsi road and…

Ground Hornbill Day!

Off to Satara today, a drive of roughly 100km but fortunately on tar roads, but before then one last look at Lake Panic. All the usual participants were present again but this time I spent my time watching the activity rather than photographing it. Watching the Herons and Darters catch then swallow huge fish was…

Grim End

Great (But Grim) End

Lake panic again and only 0.5°C, plenty of mist slowly rising off the lake and with the hot air expelled by the Hippos it was a very atmospheric setting. Early shots concentrated on trying to capture the mood of the place, deliberately under-exposing to capture the golden early morning light. Some nice ‘silhouette type’ shots…