Botswana is one of my favourite countries for photography. Apart from the incredible beauty of the Okavango Delta and its wildlife, the Savuti and Chobe areas, Botswana has landscapes like no other found anywhere on Earth. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans being one such area. These pans are amongst some of the largest, flattest places on the whole Earth, and can be seen from outer space. The salt pan is all that remains from the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which dried up many thousands of years ago. Large, granite rocky islands dot the landscape, large Baobab trees stand tall, forming just about the most astonishing place I have ever travelled to.
Late afternoon sunlight paints the clouds overhead, looking from below an ancient Baobab Tree from the iconic landscape of Kubu Island.
African Fish Eagle
Along the Okavango River, African Fish Eagle are plentiful. Here, an adult comes down close to the waters surface to catch prey.
Essence of Life
The remains of new life, delicate and fragile, blown across the barren landscape of the Makgadikgadi salt pans in Botswana. Flamingo's breed in their thousands on these salt pans, a harsh environment, demanding and hostile. The Flamingo egg was no more than fifteen centimeters from my camera. I used focus stacking for increased depth of field and filters to complete my vision for a photograph I feel is unique to the Makgadikgadi, showcasing the essence of life in this harsh environment.
African Skimmer at Last Light
The setting sun rim lights an African Skimmer hunting for food in golden colours of dusk.
Between Night and Day
Last of the fading twilight from the setting sun disappears to the west, allowing night to commence, revealing millions of stars and the gigantic milky way over the lesser known South Island in the Makgadikgadi.
Huge storms roll over the borders of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia seen from the Chobe River on a housboat. Dramatic sunset light paints the huge Cumulonimbus clouds in dramatic hues of oranges, as stark contrast of light and shadow appear in perfect harmony creating a dramatic sight.
African Skimmers breed on the exposed banks of the Okavango River. During the early summer months they provide wonderful opportunity for flight photography as they fly around, searching for food to feed their young.
A mother and calf come down to drink at a small pan in the arid Mashatu Reserve. An underground Elephant hide has been constructed which provides great low angle photographic opportunities. The mother Elephant has a tracking collar fitted to aid in the conservation and research of these amazing mammals.
A huge storm cell engulfs the sky above the Chobe Reserve in Botswana, as lightning strikes and thunder rolls. Heavy rainfall shrouded this scene minutes after capturing this photograph.
Heavy cloud builds over the floodplains of the Chobe River, looked on by three Giraffe.
The Milky Way and nearby galaxy are easily seen on this dark, moonless night over the mysterious landscape of Kubu and the Makgadikgadi.
A large male Hippo walks onto the open flood plains alongside the Chobe River in Botswana, asserting his dominance towards the rest of the herd.
Fading sunset light casts golden rays onto a trio of Baobabs standing tall on Lekhubu Island in the middle of the seemingly endless and hostile Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
A young Leopard rests in the shade of a small shrub on the arid Mashatu landscape, patiently awaiting the return of its mother.
A close up view of an Elephant's foot shows intricate detail, detail one normally never gets to see. The underground hide at Mashatu provides close, personal encounters with these magnificent giants.
Photographed from the underground Elephant hide at Mashatu, a pair of Elephant interact during a cloudless morning on the arid Botswana landscape.
A close up view of an Elephant slurping water from a small waterhole, splashing and playing whilst quenching a big thirst on a hot African day.
Engulfed by a white sea of salt, the granite rocky outcrop, Lekhubu, stands mysteriously in a timeless landscape of stark and desolate beauty.
Giant Baobab Under The African Sky
The Milky Way burns bright across the African sky as a giant Baobab stands tall, growing from the rocky terrain of the Mashatu Game Reserve. Light pollution from the south adds a warm tinge to the sky.
Glow of Twilight
Sunlight fades into twilight over the mysterious landscape of the Makgadikgadi on as crisp winter evening.
In Search of a Den
A female Leopard inspects the surrounding area for a suitable new den for her newborn cub.
Simple and Vast
The vastness of the Makgadikgadi is overwhelming, the beauty of the landscape striking, the timeless expanse of this wilderness endless.
Large amounts of summer rain change what should be a barren Kalahari pan into lush plains of tall grass, transforming the arid landscape of Khutse into something extraordinary.
A hazy, dusty afternoon on the pans of the Makgadikgadi create dramatic conditions, characteristic of this desolate and remote part of Botswana.
Mysterious Nocturnal Landscape
The faint glow of a set sun illuminates the late evening twilight sky as the Milky Way burns brightly overhead transforming the mysterious landscape of Kubu Island into an eery nocturnal locale.
Okavango Male Lion
An impressive male Lion rests on the plains of the Delta, keeping close watch for any potential intruders and dangers to his pride.
Fading sunlight sidelights the mysterious granite landscape of Kubu Island on a winter evening.
Late afternoon sunlight bathes the landscape of Kubu in golden hues, bringing to an end another day over timeless Africa.
Southern Carmine Bee-Eater
Bee-Eaters abound along the banks of the Okavango River during the breeding months. Upwards of over a few hundred nest in colonies along the steep river banks, keeping out of reach of most dangers. Here a beautiful specimen searches for food to bring back to its young.
On the Chobe
Elephants wade through the waters of the Chobe River on the border of Namibia and Botswana in search of fresh grazing.
The Baobab Way
The Milky Way burns brightly overhead, creating a mysterious atmosphere to the desolate and beautiful Makgadikgadi landscape. A pair of Baobabs represent a timeless Africa in this harsh environment, although unfortunately defaced by passing tourists with no respect for the beauty of this environment.
Early morning sunlight shines through thick bushveld, finding a gap illuminating three young Baboons, resting on the ground, looking over at fellow troop mates. Baboon make excellent subjects for back lighting, illuminating the fur around them in an almost halo like form.
Unique and Desolate
High clouds cover the sky over the vast and desolate Makgadikgadi salt pans in Botswana, a landscape like no other, vast, unique, beautiful, yet harsh and unforgiving.
Reflected In Darkness
A lone Spotted Hyena quenches a thirst after a long night of searching for food. The perfectly still water reflected the predator beautifully, illuminated by a hand-held spotlight.
Kneeling For A Drink
An adult Spotted Hyena kneels down to take a drink from the waterhole at the Valley Hide in Mashatu. Beautiful golden light strikes the landscape with beautiful golden colour.