5 Minutes from Camp

Marlon duToit All Authors, Marlon Leave a Comment

Life has been busy and the safaris have been running back to back.

Through all of travels over the last 2 months, one particular safari experience stands out firmly.

I stayed at a place called Camp Shawu for 6 days. I hosted our annual Kruger Photo Safari here, and the experience was so much more than what I could have imagined or hoped for!

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The camp is located right on the banks of the Mpanamana Dam, one of the largest dams in the south eastern Kruger. The dam has incredible power over the movements of the resident wildlife, and would play host to constant herds of buffalo, elephant and all sorts of general game.

The fact that the rooms are located right on the banks of the dam, meant that you had a front-row seat to an abundance of wildlife! Hippo’s are the norm, as are the many lone buffalo bulls, troops of baboons, vervet monkeys, giraffe and large herds of impala.

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This camp itself was so exciting, that you almost could not wait to return from game drive, just to see what would be waiting for you at the waterhole.

This is the reason why I loved it so much. There was never a gap or time where you would not be looking out for wildlife. From game drive to breakfast lunch or off-time spend in your massive room, your eyes and ears were constantly poised for any potential movements or sounds.

Game viewing within the immediate vicinity of camp was ridiculous! A pride of nearly 30 lions call this dam their home, and they would not leave! On most days we would find them within 5 minutes of camp, an absolute dream experience for any safari goer and wildlife photographer!

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So here’s a selection of wildlife images I captured whilst leading this awesome safari, all within 5 minutes of the actual camp. That’s right, only 5 minutes 🙂

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This elephant bull chased a young crocodile with a spray of water. The young croc’s tail can be seen exiting the frame to the bottom left. Captured this from the comfort of my room’s deck.

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Stunning scenes like this were a daily occurrence on this Kruger Photo Safari. This was taken at midday on a cloudy afternoon, and wether you are a photographer or not, this place will make you very happy.

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Elephant, buffalo, crocodile, kudu, impala and egrets all on show within a single frame. Just amazing and all from the comfort of your room.

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I was alerted to the presence of a leopard by alarming vervet monkeys. It casually walked by on the other side of the dam as I watched from my room’s deck. It then climbed this Marula but ended sitting just out of view. Still, what a magnificent experience!

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This female is the mother of two cubs, and she hid them not 5 minutes from the camp itself.

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A large male forming part of a coalition of 4 male lions calling Camp Shawu home.

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These lions spent their days on the banks of Mpanamana Dam, and provided our Wild Eye guests with endless entertainment. They are the pride males for a pride of almost 30 lions!

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The large lion pride living around the dam have cubs of all ages. These very young cubs were still so small that their mother could pick them up in her powerful jaws, to transport them to a place of safety.

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A young lion cub watching us intently as the sun set to the west. This was captured within view of the lodge itself!

As you can see from the images above, to think all that was captured within such a short distance of our home base was truly incredible!

Our Wild Eye guests fortunate to have experienced this 15000 hectare private concession in Kruger Park with us captured not only incredible wildlife images, but also amazing memories.

Have a look at one such guests’s personal account by clicking HERE.

We would love for you to experience this with us next year, or even enquire to book the safari privately!

Thanks for your time, trust you enjoyed the experience with me.

Till next time,

Marlon

About the Author

Marlon duToit

Passion, enthusiasm and an unquenchable thirst to explore and introduce you to our natural world’s wildlife perfectly sums up my ambitions. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Through my African adventures I kept my photographic passion alive. Behind a camera aimed at a lion or a leopard is where I am most at home, my heart skipping a beat at the mere thought of it. My intention has never been solely for recognition but for the plight of what’s left of our natural recourses. Using my love and understanding of wildlife I am able to convey to the viewer more than an image or a fleeting moment. I aim to tell a story, to bring that moment alive to you and to capture your heart through it.

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