Hatari Safari

May 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Shooting Wildlife in South Africa's Parks

panorama color picture of a herd of Plains Zebra in Kruger Park, South AfricaHerd of Plains Zebrapanorama picture of a herd of Plains Zebra in Kruger Park, South Africa

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 ParkEach of these having specific charms for their visitors.

Sunset over a kopje in Cheetah Inn resort in South AfricaAfrican SunsetSunset over a kopje in Cheetah Inn resort in South Africa

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 HeartUnfortunately a major ongoing concern for maintaining these parks is the ongoing fight against poaching.

Color image of an angry looking Cape Glossy Starling in Kruger Park, South AfricaAngry BirdAngry looking Cape Glossy Starling in Kruger Park, South Africa

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!

Birds

Cape Glossy Starling near a watering hole in Kruger Park, South AfricaCape Glossy StarlingCape Glossy Starling near a watering hole in Kruger Park, South Africa Cape Glossy Starling in a tree in Kruger Park, South AfricaCape Glossy StarlingCape Glossy Starling in a tree in Kruger Park, South Africa Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill in Kruger Park, South AfricaSouthern Yellow-Billed HornbilSouthern Yellow-Billed Hornbill in Kruger Park, South Africa black and white picture of a vulture sitting in a dead tree in South Africa's Krugher ParkBlack Vultureblack and white picture of a vulture sitting in a dead tree in South Africa's Krugher Park

Giraffe

A curious giraffe in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Kwazulu-Natal, South AfricaCurious GiraffeA curious giraffe in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Buck (Bokke)

black and white picture of an impala bok in Kruger Park, South AfricaImpala Dareblack and white picture of an impala bok in Kruger Park, South Africa

black and white close up of a waterbuck in Kruger Park, South AfricaWaterbuck, 2010black and white close up of a waterbuck in Kruger Park, South Africa

Zebra black and white picture of two zebra and some blesbok in South AfricaLookoutblack and white picture of two zebra and some blesbok in South Africa

black and white picture of a zebra coming from the rightZebra From Right, 2010black and white picture of a zebra coming from the right black and white picture of a zebra coming from the leftZebra From Left, 2010black and white picture of a zebra coming from the left

Elephant black and white picture of a matriarch elephant in South AfricaMatriarchblack and white picture of a matriarch elephant in South Africa

black and white picture of an elephant standing at a watering hole in Kruger Park, South AfricaWatering Hole, 2010black and white picture of an elephant standing at a watering hole in Kruger Park, South Africa black and white picture of a tense elephant in Kruger Park, South AfricaWanna Fight? 2010black and white picture of a tense elephant in Kruger Park, South Africa

Lion black and white close up of a sleeping lion cub in South AfricaSleeping Cubblack and white close up of a sleeping lion cub in South Africa

black and white picture of an adult lioness showing her teethStay Offblack and white picture of an adult lioness showing her teeth

black and white picture of a full grown male lion lying in the grassThe Bossblack and white picture of a full grown male lion lying in the grass


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