In 2017 I joined Tusk Photo for tweo back-to-back 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. 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. The Elephant Plains farm isn’t a very large property but Elephant Plains 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 totaly geared toward photography. During the safaris there is a maximum of six guests on a vehicle and the vehicles are equipped with GimPro brackets and Gimbal heads. The last three years I’ve booked two four-day back-to-back safaris. In my experience 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.

Images will be added during April and May 2017