My favourite 30 images – PART I

Villiers Steyn

My favourite 30 images – PART I

…taken on ACQ BigCatPhotoSafaris in 2017

 

As an At Close Quarters photographic guide I had the privilege of spending a total of 40 days in South Africa’s iconic Sabi Sand Game Reserve in 2017 leading our aptly named BigCatPhotoSafaris. My guests and I had loads of excellent opportunities to photograph leopards and lions, as well as a few close-up encounters with rarer species like cheetahs and African wild dogs.

But it’s not only predators that kept us entertained. We also photographed elephants, rhinos, buffalo, zebras, hyenas and any other animal or bird that was willing to pose nicely for us, as well as the sunrise, the full moon and even each other!

To celebrate this incredibly successful year I’d like to share my thirty favourite photographs taken in the Sabi Sands with you in a three-part blog series. Rather than going into too much detail about the sightings, I’m going to let the photos ‘speak’ for themselves.

Remember that you too can capture moments like these by joining us on safari in 2018. Spaces are filling up rapidly, so book soon to avoid disappointment!

For more info on our Sabi Sands BigCatPhotoSafaris, please click here.

Here are photos 30 to 21:

No.30
Karula’s daughter, Xongile, posing beautifully on a termite mound.


No.29
Two of the magnificent Birmhingham Males feasting on a buffalo kill.

No.28
One of two resident cheetah brothers strolling past a nervous herd of zebras.

No.27
One of the Birmingham Males trying to roll over a freshly killed buffalo bull.

No.26
Two of our return guests, Lyndon and Binai, enjoying sundowners at Kobus se Dam.

No.25
One of my favourite young leopards, Nchila, walking up the Hardekool dam wall in late afternoon light.

No.24
A mother cheetah and her cubs walking on a fallen tree trunk to get a better view of their surroundings.

No.23
The full moon surrounded by a mesmerising white ring, photographed during a sundowners stop.

No.22
A flock of white-backed vultures devouring a zebra carcass at Jacana Dam.

 

No.21A shot I’ve been dreaming of since I first set foot on Torchwood: two Birmingham Males lying on 1st Rock!

I hope you enjoyed the first ten photos in my thirty favourites for the year! Numbers 20 to 11 will feature in Part II of this blog series.

Happy photography!

Villiers

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  • Sandra Pieterse
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    Incredible photos so perfectly composed! Grateful for the short time i spent with you and Jane on safari.Will keep following your outstanding work and referring you to other ex-South Africans in Australia….Sandy Pieterse

  • John Vosloo
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    AWESOME IMAGES AND AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE WITH A HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL GET-UP. WELL DONE TO “AT CLOSE QUARTERS” OFFERING AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE.. THEY COME HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IN EVERY RESPECT.

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