I am back in office after two incredible weeks out on safari.
The first week kept me busy in the Timbavati where I hosted the Timbavati Safari along side Alistair Smith. If you wish to hear more about that particular safari, please click here to read the trip report Alistair wrote.
Week 2 took me to the opposite side of the country where I hosted a 6 night private guided safari in Madikwe Game Reserve. It was one incredible week & words cannot describe how my guests and I were blown away by the experience.
We had exclusive use of Nkurru Game Lodge, the lodge we run all our Madikwe Photo Safaris out of and seeing that some of the guests had joined us here before it truly was like a welcome home, their home in Africa of course. Having exclusive use of a camp has many benefits such as no fixed safari times, no set meal times (if you sitting in an incredible sighting you do not have to race back for breakfast, we sit & enjoy the sighting and just contact the lodge to arrange a later breakfast or brunch), have peace of mind knowing that all you camera gear is safe in the main area of the lodge, etc.
Grant & Monique Marcus manage this lodge and thanks to them & their incredible team, our stay was more than perfect. Grant always makes sure that the Wild Eye guests time out in the field is maximized & we were fortunate enough to have ticked off all the species everyone was hoping to see except one, the Flap Necked Chameleon.
In saying this, ticking off species is not what its all about, to me its more about learning from the animals when you spend time with them and this time around we had ample time to do this. We were able to spend a lot of time in the sightings which gave us all the opportunity to not only bank incredible images but also take the time to put the camera down & just enjoy the moment. After capturing some images we would often just watch the animal/s & in doing this we learnt from them and you also tend to spot a new photographic opportunity, may it be a different angle, a different posture or possible interaction… etc.
We sure were blessed, I think the best way for me to sum up the week is to show you the images below & if you have 10 extra minutes, please do also watch the attached video in which Grant Marcus speaks about the week, Madikwe Game Reserve, Nkurru Game Lodge & his guiding journey;
Thank you so much for taking the time on this blog and I sure do look forward to hosting YOU on a Madikwe Safari someday soon!
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