The Greater Kruger area consists of the Kruger National Park, as well as many reserves bordering the Kruger, creating a massive area for free roaming wildlife. I spend a great deal of my time in this area, and I love the massive diversity of wildlife and different eco systems found here.
Through Dust and Dawn
A small herd of Elephant traverse the drought-stricken Kruger landscape at dawn, kicking up dust backlit by the rising sun creating a wonderful almost glow-like atmosphere. The young Elephants walk between the adults for protection.
The Elusive Hunter
On the dam wall across the road from the barren Nsemani Dam near Satara, a leopard stands proud in the dappled afternoon light.
Against A Sunrise
A juvenile African Fish Eagle awakes early one December morning, resting high up in a tree as faint dawn sunlight paints clouds in the background in soft pink hues.
Capturing a photograph of this nature comes down to a lot of factors working together perfectly. I balanced the ambient light in the background with the use of a flash illuminating the Leopard and tree. The sunset glow is what makes this scene for me, and sure does create a true portrait of Africa.
Mapogo Male Lion
A few years ago a well known coalition of male Lions, called the Mapogo's ruled the area of the Sabi Sands, killing any intruders in their way. Here, Mr T (or Satan) as he was called, sits on the edge of a dam as the faint twilight glow of morning paints the sky in a soft blue hue.
Leopard and Leadwood
A massive Leadwood tree in the heart of the Kruger National Park is chosen by a Leopard to stash away its kill of an adult Impala. Dull morning conditions created a wonderful opportunity for some black and white photography.
Impala At Last Light
The last rays of sunlight shine across the African bushveld catching the head of a young Impala ram. Common mammals make for fantastic photographic opportunities in such beautiful light .
Looking from Safety
A female Leopard, known as Argyle Jnr in the Timbavati looks on to two Spotted Hyena below her looking around for scraps from an Impala kill made the day before. Cool blue light from dawn engulfs the twilight sky, creating beautiful colour contrast between the Leopard and dawn sky.
Afternoon sunlight casts beautiful golden hues onto this male Impala, scratching an itch on his back. The lower the sun dips towards the horizon, the more intense the golden light becomes. This is because dust and pollution in the air eliminates the blue spectrum of light, allowing the reds and oranges through.
An African Jacana walks on a Lily in search of food in the southern region of the Greater Kruger area.
Portrait of a Cub
A young, year old Leopard cub stares into the camera, as she waits for her mothers return with food.
The golden light of dawn shines onto a male Red-crested Korhaan as he goes about his territorial calling and looking for a mate. A low angle helped diffuse the foliage in front of the bird.
After the Feast
A Lioness covered in blood from a recently killed Giraffe comforts her cub after having feasted on the kill.
Heavy mist shrouds the Kruger landscape on the Sweni road, south of Satara as the sun rises higher into the sky. A lone Giraffe stands alert silhouetted against the ethereal scene.
A female Impala chews on a shrub twig as the last light of day casts its golden hues onto the animal and landscape.
Afternoon sunlight sidelights Lanner Gorge in the nothern region of the Kruger National Park, forming part of the Makuleke Conservancy.
A stare from a male Lion sends shivers down ones spine, especially a stare from a member of the famous Mopogo coalition of the Sabi Sands. The first rays of sunlight cast beautiful warm tones onto the Lion, adding to the golden colour of his mane.
Leopard in long grass
I followed this male Leopard one summer morning, not far from the Orpen Rest Camp on the Rabelais loop heading towards Satara. I watched as he stalked some Impala for hours, and at one point he came close to my vehicle, and I was gifted with this portrait of him. I love this image, as it tells the story of how secretive and elusive this beautiful cat is.
Standing in the fork of a large Marula Tree at dawn, a young female Leopardess scans the nearby bush for potential threats to her kill up in the tree.
Portrait of a female Leopard resting on a Marula Tree branch at night. A hand-held spotlight was used to illuminate the Leopard.
A female Leopard rests on a Marula tree branch, as twilight paints the sky behind in dark blue hues.
Spotlit Leopard Cub
A young Leopard descends from a small termite hill and walks towards her mother in complete darkness. A hand-held spotlight was used to illuminate the cub from the side.
Lions at Play
Mother and sub adult daughter expend morning energy as early sunlight engulfs the scene in a golden hue.
Serene Moment with an Eagle
Early morning sunlight radiates from the East, settling onto a true serene African scene, the iconic African Fish Eagle perched upon a dead tree welcoming the warmth of the rising summer sun.
A female Leopard, known as Salayexe in the Sabi Sands hunts under the cover of darkness. A hand-held spotlight was used here to illuminate her.
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
A Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill preys on termites emerging from their normally rather large nests.
Patrolling his territory at night, a male Leopard comes out from the long grass from where he scent-marked a small tree.
Spotted Hyena at Dawn
Standing in the first light of dawn, a Spotted Hyena looks over to scraps of a kill made during the previous night by Lions.
With a massive gaping jaw, a male Hippo warns off threats to his territory captured from a low perspective just inches above the water.
A very young Scrub Hare sits quietly on a patch of barren Earth, evading danger and patiently waiting for return of it's mother. Backlit with a spotlight, the Hare sat still allowing for some low to the ground photographs of this cute little creature. Needless to say, a friend was looking out for Lions and Elephants behind me while I was taking this photograph.
Girivana Dominant Male
Over the course of two days we watched as another male Leopard intruded into this male's territory, evading him every time he came down to drink. This male, with one blind eye was in hot pursuit of the intruder, and I would love to have been able to follow and find out what happened. Here, the dominant male drinks at Girivana dam in the very last light of day.