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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.

Hosana Male Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Ingrid Dam Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Nsele’s female cub (April 2016) (Panthera Pardus)
African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus)
Hosana Male Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Lion Cub (Panthera Leo)
Lion Cub (Panthera Leo)
Lion Cub (Panthera Leo)
Thandi Female Leopard and cub (April 2017) (Panthera Pardus)
African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus)
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
Birmingham Male Lion (Panthera Leo)
Birmingham Male Lion (Panthera Leo)
Birmingham Male Lion (Panthera Leo)
Salayexe Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
African Barred-Owl (Glaucidium capens)
Nsele's female cub (April 2016) (Panthera Pardus)
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)
Nsele’s female cub (April 2016) (Panthera Pardus)
Ingrid Dam Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Nsele Female Leopard (Panthera Pardus)
Wahlberg's Eagle (Aquila wahlbergi)
Birmingham Male Lion (Panthera Leo)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Burchell's Zebra (Equus quagga burchellii)
Styx Lion Cub (Panthera Leo)
Styx Lion Cub (Panthera Leo)
Styx Lion Cubs (Panthera Leo)
Styx Lion Cub (Panthera Leo)
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
African Rock Python (Python sebae
Styx Lion Cubs (Panthera Leo)
Salayexe Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Salayexe Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
Birmingham Male Lion (Panthera Leo)
Hosana Male Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Salayexe Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Ingrid Dam Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Birmingham Male Lion (Panthera Leo)
Ingrid Dam Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Ingrid Dam Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Ingrid Dam Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Styx Female Lion (Panthera Leo)
Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa)
Ingrid Dam Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Ingrid Dam Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Hosana Male Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Salayexe Female Leopard (Panthera pardus)
By | 2017-06-28T14:00:33+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Trip Reports|3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Ronald June 21, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Wat een machtig mooie trip was het en wat een geweldige platen !!!

  2. Debbie Mills June 23, 2017 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Your photographs are amazing. I love the Sabi Sands area as well but have not stayed at Elephant Plains. I will need to visit it the next time I am in South Africa.

  3. MJ Bradley June 23, 2017 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Stunning photography! Thank you for sharing them.. I can’t imagine being able to visit the Sabi Sands every year.. I was there once, hoping to go back one day.

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