Photos from the expedition to Mana Pools National Park 2014
Mana Pools National Park was a big goal for me 2014. I had longed to go there since I saw a few of pictures by Morkel Erasmus in an Africa Geographic issue in 2012. It was not just the sheer wilderness that attracted me. But also the possibility to actually do much of the photography on foot.
So, I didn’t hesitate when I had the possibility to join Zane Engelbrecht on his recon trip there in July last year. We spent seven nights in Mana Pools National Park together with a group of four safari goers and one first timer. We had a nice time together and got to meet four of the five iconic animals on foot. Sadly you can’t meet all five there. Mana Pools National Park doesn’t have any Rhinos. They have all been moved due to the poaching problems that plague Africa.
So what can I say about this recon trip to Mana Pools National Park?
Well if you really want to know the hype about this place then you have to go there. It is hard to describe the sheer beauty of this raw wilderness. Game walks are in my eyes the right way to meet Africa’s wildlife. It adds so much more to a trip then the inside a safari vehicle ever will do. To smell nature, hear the sound and be able to get close to wild animals on foot is something special.
Mana Pools National Park was for me as a photographer a real gem as it offered me low angle photography. The downside was that I got more bushes in the way making either foreground or background a little messy at times. Not something that bothered me if I compare it with the experience it was to walk with the animals and the possibilities it gave me as a photographer.
If you are interested in joining me and Zane Engelbrecht on our trip back to Mana Pools National Park then just contact me. Our aim is to lead a small group of photographers there at the end of August this year.
Lake Kerkini is a good place to learn to know the charismatic Dalmatian Pelican. This colorful bird in breeding plumage is why I chose to go back to the lake over and over. They are real characters and hopefully you might get the opportunity to get to know some of them really closely if you join me there next year.
Kafue National Park 2017
Kafue National Park is one of the biggest protected wildlife areas in Africa. It is a National Park with a great diversity and one I really liked. I would like to explore more of this huge park in the future.
Mana Pools National Park 2017
Mana Pools wildlife greeted us in September 2017. We had many memorable encounters with some of the iconic animals you find inside this lovely National Park in northern Zimbabwe.
The Zambezi River 2017
The Zambezi is one of the finest and least spoiled rivers in the world. The basin has some of Africa's finest national parks, and many valuable species, ecosystems and wilderness areas survive outside these parks as well.