The Kalahari thirstland, covering around 900,000 square kilometers sustains a number of incredible life-forms specially adapted to life in the desert. Spending time in this wilderness and photographing the nuances of desert life is incredible. I love the Kalahari, there is something so unique about the place. It's difficult to say why I love it so much, but the people who have been to the Kalahari know what I mean.
Incredible sunrise light expands across the sky, illuminating heavy storm clouds and rain in a striking display of colour and incredible rainbow over the desert thirstland of the Kalahari.
Cubs and Father
Young cubs play fight and attack their father in the golden light of morning. Clearly displeased with his offspring's advances, the huge male leaves the cubs and goes on to rest in the shade on his own.
A Fresh Little Meal
During the summer months after good rains, millions of Devil-Thorn flowers (Tribulus zeyheri) cover vast areas of the Kalahari, providing food for grazers as well as turning the arid landscape from drab to colourful.
Cape Fox Sunset
Fading afternoon sunlight battles to shine through thick Kalahari dust, faintly illuminating an adult Cape Fox walking across the open Nossob river bed.
Cape Turtle Dove
Numerous waterholes in the Kgalagadi are flocked to by millions of Doves each day, drinking precious water ensuring survival in such an arid climate.
I found two male Cheetah drinking at the Rooiputs waterhole in the Kgalagadi mid-morning in December, the hottest time of year. They looked quite active and I decided to stay with them. Plenty of new born Springbok were in the area, and I was sure they would hunt down some of these youngsters. The Cheetah moved about 500m south of the Rooiputs waterhole, and killed a stray baby Springbok on the eastern ridge of the Nossob River bed. They began eating the baby in the shade of a tree, when a mother Springbok and her newborn wandered over the ridge towards the two feeding Cheetah. In no time, the two Cheetah left their kill and chased the mother and her calf behind my car, catching the baby about 10m away from me. The cries from the baby Springbok sent shivers down my spine, intensifying the experience of a fragile battle for life and death. It was an incredible experience, and to be able to photograph the drama so close to me was a moment I will never forget.
Two adult male Springbok fight it out for dominance in the Auob riverbed, backlit by the early rising sun.
Incredible colours of light reflect off dust high in the sky, captured well after the official sunset time. This colour display lasted well into the evening, captured from the walkway at the Tashebube Rooiputs lodge.
Cape Fox Family
Late afternoon sunlight illuminates a Cape Fox mother and her two pups on the sandy river-bed of the Nossob.
Early and Damp
Early mornings in the Kalahari after good rains in the night often pose a good opportunity for different male Lion portraits, using the extra character given to them by a wet mane.
On The Hunt At Dusk
Ever alert at dusk, an African Wild Cat is disturbed by my vehicle driving past, but felt relaxed enough to stay in very close proximity to me, allowing an awesome sighting of this elusive and very successful hunter.
Gazing towards the Sunset
A lone Springbok female stands proud on a ridge close to the Kij Kij waterhole in the Kgalagadi, as the last fading sunset light engulfs the landscape in warm light, added as well to the towering storm clouds behind.
Faint dawn sunlight illuminates a young male Lion walking through the arid landscape of the Kgalagadi, eyes locked onto a small family of Cape Foxes nearby.
Hunting Lanner Falcon
During the late sunlight hours at the Polentswa waterhole in the Kgalagadi, this Lanner Falcon attempts to hunt the huge amount of Doves that frequent this water source. Here, the bird comes in to land on the barren Earth after an unsuccessful attempt at a meal.
A Black-backed Jackal intrudes into the den of breeding Cape Foxes, cautiously inspecting the area for scraps of meat or potential weak defences to the Cape Fox pups.
Two male Cheetah stand on the ridge of the Nossob River just outside of the Rooiputs Campsite with a bleating and kicking baby Springbok.
A tall Camel Thorn Tree stands proudly under the star-filled night sky. With the Milk Way burning brightly, a hidden moon brightens the Kalahari sky.
Kij Kij Male
Beautiful morning sunshine dips below an impressive morning storm beaming contrasty golden light onto a beautiful black-maned Kalahari Lion in his prime.
Late evening sunlight casts an ethereal glow onto the Earth's atmosphere, silhouetting the iconic animal of the Kalahari, the Gemsbok (Oryx).
Life and Death Struggle
The faint glow of morning illuminates the landscape, adding just enough light to an amazing scene. An adult Brown Hyena carrying a Spotted Hyena head to its den and young. Amazing moments like these are fleeting, one I was very privileged to witness.
A close-up view of a young male Lion, posing in the first golden light of dawn. He had killed a Porcupine during the night, and we found him resting next to the carcass, hence the blood covered nose.
A new-born Springbok is shown its new home, the harsh environment of the Kalahari Desert. It takes only a few minutes for the youngster to get to it's feet, stumbling and falling, eagerly urged on by its mother. This is an extremely vulnerable time for the new-born to which many are killed before being able to take that first step.
The star of Hannes Lochner's "Dark Side of the Kalahari" publication, "Luna" the female Leopard of the southern Kgalagadi rests up in a massive group of trees very close to the entrance gate at Twee Rivieren.
Polentswa Brown Hyena
In the golden light of a summers morning, a Brown Hyena comes to drink at the Polentswa Waterhole in the Nossob River bed.
Polentswa Campsite Sunrise
Huge storms drop massive amounts of summer rain lasting through the night, providing the platform for an impressive sunrise light display captured from campsite 1 at Polentswa.
Rain in the Kalahari
An adult male Springbok braves the heavy downfall of another summer storm in the Kalahari.
Roaring Kalahari Lion
A beautiful specimen of the iconic Kalahari Black-maned Lions walks along the Nossob Riverbed, roaring as a new summer dawn approaches.
Unbelievable sunrise light shines through underneath heavy, stormy skies, transforming the flooded landscape into an array of magical colours. Previous night storms flood the Nossob Riverbed with much needed water. This is the road which leads to the Polentswa campsite across the Nossob Riverbed in northern Kgalagadi.
An adult Swallow-tailed Bee-Eater comes in to land after an unsuccessful hunt for insects.
Huge storms thunder across the arid Kalahari thirstland, lightning striking and rain falling providing neccessary moisture to sustain life in this beautiful yet harsh environment.
Lioness And Her Cubs
A lone female Lion walks with her two young cubs across the dry Nossob river bed towards the rest of the pride resting up at the Kij Kij waterhole.