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A Minute Or Two On The Wild Waterways

Often when I am on safari I find myself torn between shooting video or shooting stills. Although I am primarily a photographer, video is becoming an increasingly more interesting field to me. I'm slowly getting the hang of making videos, although I am nowhere near the point where I can [...]

By |14th October 2015|General, Trip Reports, Videos|Comments Off on A Minute Or Two On The Wild Waterways

8 things to bring on an African photo safari

Here are 8 things you should bring on one of our African Safaris: 1. A laptop. There's a school of thought that suggests that when you're on holiday you should leave the trappings of modern life behind (ie. things that could potentially distract you from the business of relaxing). There's [...]

By |23rd July 2013|Equipment, Photography, Safari Planning|Comments Off on 8 things to bring on an African photo safari

Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Safari – part 3

Part 3 of Dallas' account of the 2012 Big 5 Group safari to Sabi Sabi

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Trip report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Group Safari – part 2

I get asked a lot by people wanting to come on safari about the difference between the Kruger National Park (KNP) and Sabi Sands. For the uninformed, Sabi Sands is a private reserve that adjoins the greater KNP. It is named after the two rivers that run through and along one of its borders, namely the Sand River and the Sabie River. The reserve is populated by dozens of privately owned lodges and camps, each of which has their own boundaries. Some of the camps have traversing rights on each other’s properties, but for the most part you’re unlikely to encounter much traffic from neighbouring private reserves when you’re there. There are no fences between KNP and Sabi Sands, so animals are free to roam between the two parks, generally oblivious to the fact that we humans regard these as two different places. The total size of the Sabi Sands reserve is approximately 65,000 hectares, which put into perspective is just shy of 3% of the total size of the Kruger National Park, or if you prefer to put it into human habitat perspective, a shade over half the size of New York City’s 5 boroughs combined. The Kruger Park itself is about the size of Hawaii, or close to the size of Switzerland if, like me, you have no idea of how big Hawaii actually is. One of the interesting statistics about the Sabi Sands is that it has the highest density of leopards to be found anywhere else in Africa, and ergo the world, for that matter. They practically fall out of trees here. On our first safari there in 2010 we saw leopards more often than we saw lions. It was somewhat different this last time around, mainly because the Southern Pride of lions has established the area of Sabi Sabi as its main hunting territory. That pride is now over 20 strong and if you follow Richard DeGouveia’s (RangerRich) and Ben Coley’s blog you’ll be able to read a lot more about how this pride is changing over the years. There are constantly territorial battles being fought between themselves and other male lions that want to move into the area. Fascinating stuff, to which we were witness during our week long stay there at the beginning of October. […]

By |5th February 2013|Safari Planning, Trip Reports|Comments Off on Trip report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Group Safari – part 2

Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Group Safari – Part 1

On the back of our successful, but gruelling 2009 safari, I decided to do something different for our Nikongear.com safari in 2010. Together with Pepe Jones’ expert help we booked out an entire camp at the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands. We had 9 people join us on that initial foray into the very different world of private game reserves and the positive outcome of that trip solidified in my mind the vision of my personal future; namely to produce the best photo safaris that any photographer could hope to make. This past October we returned to Little Bush Camp at Sabi Sabi to enjoy 7 more days of enchanting game drives, with our focus being Africa’s Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). This series of posts serves as an account of that time, as well as hopefully a reminder to those of you reading them that life is too short to put trips like these on hold indefinitely. I hope you enjoy the story of the 2012 Nikongear.com safari. Preparations Getting to Sabi Sands from Johannesburg is a 45-minute flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) and then a further 2 hours by predominantly tarred road to get to Shaw’s Gate, which is the main entrance to most of the private lodges on the Southern part of the Sabi Sands reserve. Along the way you drive through towns such as White River and Hazyview, which don’t particularly stand out as attractions on their own, but do give you the sense of being close to a much bigger attraction, namely the world famous Kruger National Park. You’ll see lots of local arts and crafts, such as stone sculptures of the Big 5 being sold by the roadside and plenty of signs advertising independent safari accommodation or game drives for day trips to the park. Apart from farming and forestry it’s the main lifeblood of the region. […]

By |28th January 2013|Trip Reports|Comments Off on Trip Report: The 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Group Safari – Part 1

Big 5 Group Photo Safari in August 2013

Our group safari to do landscapes, wildflowers and scenery in Namibia next year sold out almost as soon as I had advertised it last month. What makes it really special to me is that of the 8 people joining us on that one, 6 were on safari with us this [...]

By |6th December 2012|General|Comments Off on Big 5 Group Photo Safari in August 2013
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