Elephants and I

You should all know by now that I just love this gentle giants, I can’t get enough watching them and taking photos. Here are also some facts from them:

The African elephant (Loxodonta) is a genus comprising two living elephant species, the African bush elephant (L. africana) and the smaller African forest elephant (L. cyclotis). Both are herbivores and live in groups. They have grey skin and differ in the size of their ears and tusks, and in the shape and size of their skulls.

Both species are listed as Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List since 2004, and are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. Poaching for the illegal ivory trade is a threat in several range countries as well.

Loxodonta is one of two existing genera of the family Elephantidae. The name refers to the lozenge-shaped enamel of their molar teeth. Fossil remains of Loxodonta species have been excavated in Africa, dating to the middle Pliocene.

The Wild Dogs

Those great hunters are somehow my favorites, unfortunately the numbers are decreasing,

I stole some info from Wikepdia:

The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is a canid native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is the largest indigenous canid in Africa, and the only extant member of the genus Lycaon, which is distinguished from Canis by dentition highly specialised for a hypercarnivorous diet, and a lack of dewclaws. It was classified as endangered by the IUCN in 2016, as it had disappeared from much of its original range. The 2016 population was estimated at 39 subpopulations containing 6,600 adults, of which 1,400 were reproductive.[3] The decline of these populations is ongoing, due to habitat fragmentation, human persecution and disease outbreaks.[2]

The African wild dog is a highly social animal, living in packs with separate dominance hierarchies for males and females. Uniquely among social carnivores, the females rather than the males disperse from the natal pack once sexually mature. The young are allowed to feed first on carcasses. The species is a specialised diurnal hunter of antelopes, which it catches by chasing them to exhaustion. Like other canids, the African wild dog regurgitates food for its young, but this action is also extended to adults, to the point of being central to their social life.[4][5][6] It has few natural predators, though lions are a source of mortality and spotted hyenas are frequent kleptoparasites.

Although not as prominent in African folklore or culture as other African carnivores, it has been respected in several hunter-gatherer societies, particularly those of the predynastic Egyptians and the San people.

Photo shoots

and no I am not only taking photos of animals I am also doing human photo shoots, like weddings, kids parties and so on..However this blog is not only about humans, some other animal photos like pets or the unusual photos will come up as well

photo shoot at the beach

pan magic

the bride

the mokoro ride

chobes local fishermen

KG

Lassie aka Ocean

fusion between human and dog

smelling the daiseys

the white whale seen at Hermanus

kid at the harbor

the old man and the sea

whithout words

Isabelle

Vava

quad biking in the pans

quad biking in the pans

quad biking in the pans

sunset on the chobe river

just love this little girl

fun in the delta

happines

living the live

lost in the dessert

Patches

Felix

Oscar as a kitten

co pilot Tumie

Baines and Chiefs Camp thanks to Sanctuary

In March last year, I was treated like a VIP, as I was able to see the high end camps Baines, Stanleys and Chiefs, all 3 amazing camps. Overnight under the stars at Baines, as you can roll the bed outside, Chiefs Camp is purly amazing, the rooms are bigger then my place in Maun, the guides are great the food pure bliss and the game is the best. Plus I was able to meet Jabu and Marula, the gentle Elephants, who are not able to live by themselves anymore..

bushbraai set up

breakfast treat

the main erea

catch off the day

dogs will be dogs

dog vs hog

the stand off

Jabu

Jabu with Dough and Sandy, you can see how huge he is

Marula with Sandy

the tents at Stanleys

portrait of a queen

one off the last great sightings

myself waiting for the transport back to the airstrip

Before I moved in 2018 to Botswana the Kruger National Park was my heaven on earth, now as I know Botswana better, the Kurger is to overcrowded and no longer the best place to see animals in the wild, however I had some great times there, made lots off friends and I have some great memories, this are the photos from my last trip to the Kruger.

European Roller

skittish impalas drinking

stunning evening light

synchronized look out

Elephants mating, only seen this twice in 22 years in Africa

the Elephant tree hugger

this baby zebra has style, great with the bush frame

this was the biggest male leopard I have seen to far, he was huge..

seize does not matter, cats will be cats and lick their balls…

wild dog cooling off

wild dogs, reading the bush twitters and facebook posts

love the face

eating the leftovers

family photo

leopard on a night drive

biggest Eland herd I have seen in the Kruger

The Central Kalahari

Last year in January I was on a work trip to the central Kalahari with Bushways on a mobile safari, as this one was not a fully serviced one, you will need to put up your own tent, help with the day to day camp live, as to do the dishes and so on. It was an amazing trip, the best was seeing 4 cats in one day: leopard, cheetah, lion and a wild cat..

our first nights stay

my home for 6 nights

the local bushman

the local tribe

our bush kitchen

springboks

the squirrel gang

Oryx and jackals

Cheetah

Oryx and cheetah

the Kalahari King

Leopard crossing

the 3 musketeers ups brothers

the wildcat

the yawn

and another one

The Queen and us

As I told you before I travel for work quite often, in 2018 my workmate Tawana and I where fortunate enough to be on the Zambezi Queen and in Kasane for some other side inspections and 2 additional nights, see for yourself…

on the way to Kasane with Mack Air

the Queen

my cabin

cheers with a pink G&T

da dessert

the local watch dog….

the eagle has landed

the menu, yummy!

checking out the 3 princesses

the tents at Ichingo

the monster croc

the youngster baboon

sunset over the chobe river

the rooms at the Garden Lodge

the tents at Jackalberry Chobe

the outside bath at Jackalberry

the rooms at the Old House

the rooms at the River View Lodge

the lounge at the private house @ River View

the bedroom at the private house @ River View

the Zambesi Queen crew and us

lilac breasted Roller

December is baby time

the 1st Leopard

the 2nd Leopard

another African sunset

Chobe Elephant Camp

the rooms at Chobe Elephant Camp

rooms at Chobe Bakwena

rooms at Muchenje

The Savute Pride Lions

Those cats are the new generation of the famous lions who specialized to kill elephants before and that point the pride was 36 strong, now the pride have 22 lions including the huge males and the cubs, We where lucky enough to see them all together at a waterhole. I got 19 in one photo.. the cubs off course where full off mischief, as you can see. At one point a grumpy elephant bull came in and the cats scattered in all directions.

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