What is Your Favorite Subject to Photograph?

Johan van Zyl All Authors, Johan 4 Comments

A question that often pops up on Safari is “What is your favourite subject to Photograph”?

From Impala to Zebras to Elephants and all your predators, all can give you a bit of magic when in the right place, right light and doing the right thing.

But there is one animal that I particularly love photographing…  The African Wild Dog.

During my time working in the Linyanti Concession in Botswana ,where there is a very healthy Wild Dog population, I spent endless afternoons observing and photographing these amazing creatures.

Yes the dark and light patterns on their bodies do make for a bit of a exposure nightmare, but in low light, they are MAGNIFICENT.

Their social structure, interaction between individuals in a pack, their energy when hunting, these are all qualities which I am fascinated and intrigued by.

Watching Wild Dogs hunting, has got to be in my opinion THE most exciting thing to witness on Safari.  The teamwork and ‘never give up’ attitude is why their success rate is right up there with the highest of all predators.

Unfortunately their numbers fluctuate regularly and are listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).  This is caused by human persecution, habitat fragmentation and disease outbreaks.

I firmly believe my sharing our images of these incredible animals, we will create more awareness and in return hopefully conserve them for future generations to enjoy and photograph.

So, on that note, what is your favourite subject to photograph?


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Johan van Zyl


The opportunity of visiting some of the wildest, undisturbed areas and sharing my passion for wildlife, conservation and photography with like minded people is a privilege that I am forever grateful.

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  1. Sallie Anthony

    I do love wild dog and would love to see them hunting. However I think my favourite to photograph are Cheetah. I love their ‘tears’ and they just seem so regal when they are still yet so powerful when they are running. Also their babies are just so very pretty

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  2. Sandy Lamprecht

    Hi Johan
    Definitely African Wild Dog…..and leopards. Look forward to hopefully seeing (and photographing) wild dog in Madikwe soon.

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      Johan van Zyl

      Thank you so much for your comment Sandy. I agree, Leopards are right up there too. By the sounds of it, the pack in Madikwe is doing really well, so hopefully you will get to see them… Look forward to seeing the photos. 🙂

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