The Wildlife Photography Essentials Workshop started after our guests had arrived, to some very warm conditions, at Buffalo Thorn Lodge.
After meeting and greeting each, our guide, Jacques, mentioned that he had a cool surprise for us and showed us a baby Scrub Hare (called a Leverit) hiding in the lodge’s garden.
A very cool find which had all of us flat on our tummies to get some perfect photos. Everyone’s hearts melted over the cute little guy.
After a welcome briefing and delicious light lunch, guests enjoyed the first Wildlife Photography Essentials Workshop Session which covered the basics of Wildlife Photography.
Then it was off on the first afternoon drive where we quickly found a beautiful male lion called Bogare (which means Centre) lying peacefully next to the road.
After getting a few shots of him lying around, he got up and traversed deeper into the thickets and we decided to head off as well.
We then arrived at a waterhole on the Black Rhino concession not too far from the big male lion, where we found a pride of 4 lions lazing on the banks.
They were soaking up the last rays of the afternoon sun when suddenly a herd of Zebras showed up and the excitement in the air was electric!
We made sure our guests were on the perfect camera settings to capture a possible hunt but the Zebras caught the scent of the lions and quickly trotted off. The lions then went off into the thickets and our guide knew there was a road on their path which they might cross.
We quickly went around and waited for around 5 minutes and then MAGIC… All of them crossed right in front of the vehicle and stared straight into our lenses. They disappeared into the thickets once again and we decided to go for sundowners at one of the hides.
After discussing the brilliant sightings over a cold one we continued our drive where we found a stunning crash of Rhino, a beautiful journey of Giraffe, 2 Secretary Birds and a Red Crested Korhaan which posed beautifully for photos.
We returned to the lodge to a warm and hearty meal prepared by our chef. We thoroughly enjoyed it while all getting to know each other.
Hopefully the rest of the trip the sightings will continue to be as amazing as today’s.
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