Just sharing a few images from a recent safari in Madikwe – a beautiful nature reserve located only 4 hours drive from Joburg. I have deep admiration for dedicated wildlife photographers – both because of their tremendous patience and their ability to be in the right spot at the right time. For me it’s more a matter of seizing the random moments occurring while enjoying a regular game drive. Our ranger (Benson at Madikwe River Lodge) was phenomenal and a true animal tracker. First of all – he was able to read the combined signs of the paw prints in the sand, the warning shrieks of the birds above and the worried glance of a giraffe – putting together a very accurate picture of who was out there and where. He demonstrated this unique ability over and over again. Secondly – he got us in position to observe the wildlife up-close and personal. One of my favorite images – the 9 brown elephants coming towards the camera – was facilitated by Benson putting us right in the path of a large herd of elephants moving slowly across the bush. As the herd safely passed our parked vehicle and continued ahead – one of the large female elephants suddenly turned around and charged back towards us – stopping only 30 feet from the car – clearly telling us she was protecting the little ones and to back off. So we did….
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