Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back in the Kalahari

A young male Cheetah surveys his domain from the crest of a dune.
I recently co-hosted a photographic workshop with good friend and Pro photographer Greg du Toit in the Kgalagadi for C4 images and Safaris. What a blast! The Kalahari is such an amazing place and the photographic opportunities were plentiful. Having spent a considerable time visiting the Kalahari when growing up, it was indeed like a homecoming in many ways. A great bunch of lively guests ensured that even the time away from the cameras was loads of fun. The first two nights we spent in Twee Rivieren from where we explored the Auob riverbed.On the second game drive we had already seen and photographed two of the Kalahari’s famous big cats, the only one eluding us was (not surprisingly) leopard. Other wildlife was abundant with numerous antelope, smaller predators and innumerable birds. The last two nights in Rooiputs campsite added greatly to the wilderness feel of the Kalahari where we were serenaded to sleep by the countless jackals and the occasional Lion.

The numerous Black Backed Jackal of the Nosob Riverbed provides ammple opportunity to practice your photographic skills under any lighting conditions.

One of my favourite stake outs of the trip. A herd of Springbuck on the crest of the riverbed in incredible Kalahari light.

A Swallow Tailed Bee Eater enjoying the Kalahari as much as we are!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Albie, excellent story and even better photos! Hope we see the Pygmy falcon images in print one day soon.