Favorite Safari Images from September 2018

Images from my September 2018 Safaris

Animal Portraits & Action Captures

Each safari brings a wealth of wildlife encounters for my guests.  I feel like I have come to know some of these animals through multiple sightings from year to year.

Safari images taken in South Africa can be very intimate since we are often able to get very close to the wildlife.  Between our proximity and our medium range lenses, it is possible to get eye to eye portraits of our subjects displaying all the details of their faces and sometimes even reading their story in their eyes.

In contrast we are often witness to fast moving moments in the animals life played out right in front of our cameras and safari vehicle.

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I thought it would be nice to precent couplets of images contrasting these two common image styles. Each was taken while in the Greater Kruger Park private reserves, Kruger Park, and the Sabi Sands Reserve.

The lenses used were my

Canon EF 24 – 105 F 4 IS  and my EF 100 – 400mm F4.5 – 5.6L IS II


Lion on a termite mound

Resting like a typical cat, this lion surveys her surroundings from a mound

young lions spar with each other


new born elephant
The family moves away from the newborn elephant giving us a clear shot
elephants at wateringhole
One of the funniest elephant incidents I have ever seen: an older elephant refuses to let the young one drink the fresh water.


Male Leopard
Grumpy leopard sits guard below the tree holding his kill
leopard with kill
A young female leopard brings a rabbit kill to her cubs


The watchful glance of a cheetah mother (with a damaged eye)
Cheetah cubs and their mother wrestle


(ok, not an action shot exactly, but a neat contrast between adult and cub)

Adult Jackal
jackal cub
A black backed jackal cub calls to an adult


White Rhino
A white rhino stares us down at close range – luckily they are more calm than black rhino
Black Rhino Aggression
A black rhino gives us a warning display giving us the clear message that he is tired of our vehicle in his view.

Wild Dog

Wild Dog
A Wild Dog stops moving long enough to get a detailed frontal shot
Wild Dogs
Wild Dogs play both for fun and to establish rank in the pack

Love the feeling I get on safari as if I am part of these animals’ daily life. A precious few hours spent in their world indeed!

I hope you enjoyed my selections and pairings and found inspiration in them.