Safari Encounters: Lions

Large, powerful, daunting.  The strongest cats out there (except for possibly tigers).  Roars that can be heard 5 miles away.  Speeds of up to 50mph.  They possess sleek fur and voluminous manes.  With 1 1/2 in. (or more) retractable claws and about 3 in. canine teeth, these animals are deadly.  They are the leaders and defenders of 15 member groups commonly known as prides.  They are the first ones to devour freshly caught prey.  They are the ones who have no humility.  They are the ones to make wildebeests, impalas, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, wild… Read More

Safari Highlights: Leopards and Cheetahs

Ok, now on to the gorgeous Leopards!  Below, we are doing a night safari.  It was our very first one at Kapama and I didn’t have high hopes that we would spot any Big Cats.  It’s especially difficult to spot a leopard hiding in a tree in the middle of the day, as they blend in so well.  Try spotting one at night!  But it happened and we felt incredibly fortunate that this one was spotted.  We were awed by its beauty and sleekness. The photos below were taken within an hour of… Read More

Safari Highlights: Lions, Cubs, and Sunglasses

Photographing the Big Cats is one of the top reasons many people journey half way across the world.  Spotting one in the wild can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life.  It was for me, that is.  I am drawn to the Big Cats and find myself wanting to get as close to them as is humanly possible.  But there is also a sane part of my brain that recognizes their strength as well as the danger and foolishness of not respecting that these are wild animals.  Just look at this guy! We have spoken… Read More

Day 312: Safari Highlights: Our Cheetah Encounter

This post is dedicated to the beautiful Cheetah we stumbled upon in Sabi Sabi, South Africa. We are thankful to our amazing tracker, Dollen, and our friendly, knowledgeable, fun guide Kosie, who were almost more excited than we were when we found him! Our Cheetah allowed us to watch him for a while and then, without warning, crouched low, became very alert, and shot off in pursuit of something.  It all happened so quickly and though we tried to find him again, he had just disappeared. Here is how we began our mornings,… Read More