|One of the two leopards we saw on our very first drive.|
Our first day started, as most safaris does, with guests arriving at Eastgate airport in Hoedspruit and a short road transfer to Umlani bushcamp in the Greateer Kruger. Once everyone settled into their traditional reed chalets we set off for our first game drive. And one could not ask for a better start to a safari. In addition to numerous species of plains game such as antelope, zebra and giraffe we found our first leopard as the sun set in the west. Hardly had we turned the vehicle off when another one was sighted in a nearby tree!! So young male leopards on the first afternoon!
But with the bar raised that high, what was the rest of the week going to produce? The days all flowed along the following schedule.
Wake up at 5 o’clock am
Tea of coffee (which is brewed on the open fire in the boma).
Departing for game drive about 45 minutes before the sun pokes it head over the horizon. We need to find a subject well before first light.
Midway through the drive we stop for another coffee break after which we return to the lodge and breakfast.
After breakfast we do a photographic session where subject such as light, composition, post processing are covered as well as critique sessions on participants images.
Then its leisure time and lunch at 1:30.
Afternoon tea is served at 3:30 and then its game drive again.
As is the tradition we stop for sundowners after sunset and rerun back to camp after dark.
|Never take life (or photography) too seriously.|
|We timed our sighting to ensure maximum time at sightings. This was one of the key moments on the trip. Private safaris also means that we could spend as much time as we require and not be bound by camp schedules.|
In addition to seeing the two Leopard on the first drive, within 24 hours of arriving we had also seen Lion, Elephant, Buffalo and White Rhino and thankfully the days were filled with consistently good sighting throughout. We also made time for showing our guests how to capture the night sky and this provided a stunning opportunity to do a group photo.
|Nothing like sundowners under an African night sky.|
|Spotted Hyena walking down the road in beautiful morning light.|
|Rustic but close to nature.|
|For the adventurous - why not a sleepout on a treehouse overlooking an active waterhole.|
|One cannot really ask for more. A beautifull female leopard in the first golden rays of the morning.|
Additional dates have been set scheduled for 2017 but these are all booked out. Should you wish to join us for a safari in 2018 please get in touch. Alternatively we encourage any European clients to contact Amazing Views directly.
|More than enough smaller creatures to fill the gaps "between the big stuff".|
|A very obliging Hippo put up a display for our last sundowner stop|
|The two brothers on our last mornings game-drive.|