I am haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”!
I have been so privileged to spend many many many, hours, days, and years of my life out in the field. Learning, photographing, teaching others and enjoying the spectacular platter Mother Nature has to offer everyday!
I often tell my guests who are sharing spectacular sightings with me that we are witnessing something that most people cannot even dream of. This is sad, but it’s so true and therefore extremely special!
On a recent safari to Madikwe, I was so lucky to experience probably one of the most enjoyable, special, fun, memorable, adrenaline pumping and heart warning rhino sightings I have ever been a part of.
On or last afternoon drive, to be honest, all we saw in the first two hours was a Giraffe and two baboon in a dead leadwood tree. It was extremely quiet, but that is how nature works, it all comes down to the luck of the day. Little did we know that our luck was going to change and result in probably the most memorable sighting of the whole safari.
We decided to go clear our throat of the dust with a sundowner at a near by dam at the base of large hillside. Absolutely stunning, mind blowing scenery and as we came around the corning we spotted five white rhino.
From the time we spotted them, the sighting just got better and better as time ticked on. They were not too far away, we where still in the vehicle, the rhino then started making their way closer to us.
You can just image how happy we were because with the red sand in this particular area and the setting sun and the rhino kicking up loads of dust, we positioned our self in a area to photograph into the sun.
In all honesty all these images will not do justice to that afternoon but it is better than nothing.
After the inquisitive behavior displayed by the rhino, they moved off a short distance to a stagnant body of water to drink. Once again the sighting improved. We repositioned the vehicle and photographed them drinking as the sun was setting.
While emotions and excitement levels running high, the Rhino drinking reminded us why we moved into this area in the first place and this was to enjoy a G&T.
We decided to enjoy our drink in the presence of these incredible animals. We moved off a short distance while the rhino were enjoying their last drink. Fortunately the area was a big, open dried out pan.
JP, our guide, stopped the vehicle and started setting up the drinks and snacks bar and we kept photographing the very inquisitive crush of rhino.
The lower you can get the better, it give the images a total different look. The images have more of a powerful look if I may.
At one point, the rhino came within 40 meters to investigate or enjoy a G&T with us. We will never be 100% sure.
The reason this sighting was so special to me is because not only did we spend over an hour with these endangered mammals, it’s the way the story just unfolded. Things just seemed to get better and better as time went on.
What made me even happier, my guest Petra was also touched by this whole experience and managed to get some spectacular images.
Capturing unique moments like this out in the field are one of the most thrilling experiences, knowing that you are sharing that space with wild animals, earning their trust, documenting their beauty and behavior, one cannot deny the fact that it is a very unique feeling and worth the experience time and time again.
Something special happens deep in the heart of the wilderness everyday, so come and join me to experience the wonders of the African bush!
I look forward to my next magical wildlife experience and am very excited to share it with all of you!
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