My South African wildlife adventure brought me back to where it all started in 2009, Kruger National Park. I spent three nights inside the National Park, two nights at Shingwedzi and one night at Letaba. One night was also spent at a private game reserve outside Hoedspruit, Tshukudu Game Lodge.
These days where all spent on my own as Zane Engelbrecht was heading back to Europe while Håkan Landebring and Albert Richardson had pre-planned their days in South Africa. Still I bumped into Håkan and Albert at the restaurant in Shingwedzi my last night there.
It is both good and bad to travel on your own. The good aspect is that you always can go your own way. Stay at a sighting for as long as it pleases you and that you really can work with your photography. The bad aspect is that you will have less eyes that can spot the wildlife and that you have none to share your sightings with.
I had many good sightings and I found it particularly pleasing to spend time with the Cheetah family. It was also a big thrill when I had to pass a huge herd of breeding Buffalos in the tiny Hyundai i20 that I rented. The car gave me a great angle for photography, but you felt small inside it when you passed the bigger animals.
It was nice to dicover the northern parts as I only have spent time in the southern part of Kruger National Park in 2009. We stayed for four nights at four different camp, Olifant, Satara, Skukuza and Berg-en-Dal. If I compare the different rest camps, then I would say that I like the two more remote camps in the northern part. It wasn´t as many vehicles and you could stay at sightings on your own. A great benefit for me as a photographer. It also struck me how much better the restaurants had become over the years. Probably due to South Africa hosting the World Championship in Football 2010. They now served better food and supplies was easier to get in the shops inside the park.
I have high hopes of going back to South Africa this year, but that is how far I have planned today. I also hope Maria will follow me this time. It would be great to do a proper adventure together. Australia was somewhat of an adventure for us. Still it can´t really compare to being out in the African wilderness if you ask me.
Please enjoy the photo gallery from my trip to the South African wilderness.
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.