I love to go on a safari and shoot some animals...with my camera.
One of the perks of living in South Africa is having the opportunity to visit the many wildlife parks and go on a Safari. Something my family and I did a couple of times when we lived there in 2010 and 2011.
There is an abundance of choice and type of parks. From the smaller and boutique luxury ones like Madikwe, to the medium size parks as Hluhluwe, Pilanesberg and Sabi Sands. And then of course the Mother-Of-All-Parks: Kruger National Park. Each of these having specific charms for their visitors.
While for visitors life at a wildlife park consists of leisure time, and seeing the big five (African elephant, black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, African lion, and African leopard) and other animals, we should not forget that there is a lot of work involved maintaining these jewels. Some of this work has been very nicely - although romanticized of course - depicted in the television show Wild At Heart. Unfortunately a major ongoing concern for maintaining these parks is the ongoing fight against poaching.
The images below have been made during several visits to different parks and show the abundance and diversity of (wild) life in South Africa. Hint: the Big Cats are at the end!
Cape Glossy StarlingCape Glossy Starling near a watering hole in Kruger Park, South Africa Cape Glossy StarlingCape Glossy Starling in a tree in Kruger Park, South Africa Southern Yellow-Billed HornbilSouthern Yellow-Billed Hornbill in Kruger Park, South Africa Black Vultureblack and white picture of a vulture sitting in a dead tree in South Africa's Krugher Park
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