The photo 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 only 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.
I had the pleasure to meet four of the five iconic animals on foot during the week. Sadly you can’t meet all five there as the Black rhinos has been moved. The reason behind the move is of course 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 Mana Pools 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 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 truly special.
The verdict of Mana Pools National Park
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 exploring Mana Pools National Park with me? Then look in the workshop section for more info. My aim is to go back once each season with a small group of photographers.
This is my photo album from the Hungarian Bee-eater Bonanza workshop in June 2018. 7 days of photography gave us plenty of good opportunities to work with the animals of the Puszta.
My second snow mobile expedition on Svalbard was very different to the first. Colder, harsher and sunny for almost the complete trip.
Lake Kerkini 2018
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.