In 2017 I joined Tusk Photo for two back-to-back four day photographic safaris at Elephant Plains Game Lodge in the Northern part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Since 2002 I’ve been a regular visitor to Elephant Plains as it is one of the best places in South Africa to see leopards. Virtually every drive at this lodge produces one or more leopard sightings. Besides the leopards the lion, rhino and elephant sightings are also good in the area. Elephant Plains isn’t a very large property but the lodge has traversing rights on most of the surrounding areas which effectively means that the game drives take place in a huge area from Vuyatela in the North to Londolozi on the Southern end of the traversing area.
The last seven years I’ve been going to Elephant Plains with Tusk Photo (formerly Outdoorphoto safaris). These safaris are totally geared toward wildlife photography. During the safaris there is a maximum of six guests on a vehicle and vehicles are equipped with GimPro brackets and Gimbal heads. In my opinion eight days is the perfect duration for a safari to this area. One or more exceptional sightings are almost guaranteed during an eight night stay. During the April 2017 safari things were not different. We had amazing leopard sightings, saw the Styx pride six-week old lion cubs and were privileged to see the process of a dead elephant being eaten by hyenas, vultures and lions over the course of a week.