For the last six days I have been trying to work out how to answer the inevitable question that would await my return to South Africa “So, how was your trip to the Masai Mara?”. For anyone who has been to this beautiful place, you will know exactly why I was struggling to find the words to describe the experience. Luckily for me, I had one of the most incredible days that I have ever spent in the bush and rather than harping on about the wide open spaces, sheer numbers of wildlife, ecological diversity and abundance of predators, it takes a brief summary of a single morning drive to put it all into context.
I am very excited about a new feature spot that I have been able to secure in Photo-Africa’s weekly video chat! This new feature, Talking Travel with Andrew, will become a weekly event and will aim to provide all of you keen travellers out there with a range of travel related information. I aim to cover everything from interesting sightings from specific camps and conservation areas, destination reviews, travel tips, right the way through to the latest industry news and more! If you have any travel related questions or would like to suggest ideas for future episodes, feel free to drop me a line and I will see what I can do to include get the answers you need, even if it means bringing in an expert!
What started out as a fairly quiet early morning game drive in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park took an interesting turn as we spotted a crocodile feeding on something on the far bank of the river. After 30 minutes of intermittent action, the centre of attention turned out to be a young hippo carcass. More than 20 individuals were seen fighting for their share of the carcass and I was lucky enough to capture the whole sequence of events on camera.
This past weekend I had a group of guests from the US for a day trip up to the Pilanesberg National Park.
Little did they know that they would be in for the experience of a lifetime! We had been invited to join another group on a rhino notching excursion! The rest of the trip also provided great sightings of general game and elephant.
The month of February is dedicated to exploring Botswana and this is the second in a series of two posts where I share experiences and images from my recent trip with you.
This week we focus on the second leg of the trip, days 4-6 which took us from the Jao Concession to the Little Vumbura and Kings Pool Camps in the Kwedi and Linyanti Concessions. Enjoy!
Last week I was fortunate enough to head up North into Botswana for a week to view some of the Wilderness Safaris properties that I will be using in our Botswana Packages. In order to celebrate the addition of these magnificent packages to our portfolio, the month of February will be focussed on a variety of travel related aspects in Botswana.
This is the first in a series of two posts where I will relive this magical experience and share some of my thoughts and images from the trip with you.
Happy New Year!
2011 will see Moya Wa Tenga Safaris stepping things up a gear in order to offer only the best bespoke private guided safaris and photographic safaris in southern Africa. Check out the full post for more details on the exciting developments in store!
Last week I had the privilege of guiding at a fantastic lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
Our sightings, both out on drive and in front of the lodge, were phenomenal.
This is just a quick post with some images taken during the four days I was up in the reserve and includes some shots from a really interesting lion sighting!
The skies above Johannesburg this morning are dominated by a magnificent halo which has formed around the sun. Halos are also known as a nimbus, icebow or Gloriole, are optical phenomena produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky.
Many are near the sun or moon but others are elsewhere and even in the opposite part of the sky. They can also form around artificial lights in very cold weather when ice crystals called diamond dust are floating in the nearby air.
First time travellers to South Africa often find themselves having to make the tough task of choosing a wildlife conservation area to visit during their stay. Pilanesberg & Madikwe are very close to one-another and often end up being two of the options that visitors are faced with. This post will hopefully help highlight the pro’s and cons of each of the parks, making your decision an informed and easy one to make!
The first Saturday of September every year is observed as International Vulture Awareness day by the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Birds of Prey Programme (EWT-BoPP), its partners and associates including provincial conservation bodies and several other NGOs involved in vulture research and conservation in South Africa.
On the 20th of January 2011 two friends will set off on an epic 70-day road trip through six African countries – South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe. They will cover nearly 14000 km in their trusty Toyota Hilux “bakkie” and visit some of the continent’s most famous game reserves and national parks. Find out more and follow them on this incredible journey!
I cant believe this is the first opportunity that i’ve had to actually sit down and add a new post to the blog category. Things have been incredibly busy but there are a lot of exciting things happening over the next couple of months as well as some really big projects for the new year! This blog post touches on some of these upcoming events and also has some images I took during a recent trip to Madikwe.
Our recent trips to Pilanesberg National Park have been very rewarding with sightings of lions, elephants, plenty of rhino and some great bird species! Check out this latest review which contains a great gallery of some of the images taken on these trips.