Eye of the Hippo - Katavi National Park

Gautam & Friends visit Western Tanzania

In September of this year, Gautam along with 10 friends visited two very unique and very different national parks tucked in the far western corner of Tanzania: Katavi National Park & Mahale Mountains National Park. We’ve included a small selection of his photos below and encourage taking a look at his personal photography site.

Tanzania - Katavi and Mahale detail

 

Katavi National Park offers its few visitors a true wilderness of tangled woodland, floodplains, seasonal lakes and exceptional game viewing along the Katuma River including eland, sable and roan antelopes, large numbers of hippo and elephant as well as lion and leopard.

Here’s just a few of Gautam’s fantastic photos from Katavi, click here for his full gallery:

Mahale Mountains National Park, home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, is remotely-set on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, inaccessible by road, and it sometimes looks more like an Indian Ocean beach holiday than a chimp-trekking destination deep in the African interior.

Here’s some of Gautam’s photos from Mahale, click here for his full gallery:

Get in touch to learn more about this and other safari destinations as well as great options for families and groups.

Yawning Lion

Photos from Jerry & Patty’s South Africa Safari

Rhino-marking at Tswalu

Rhino Marking at Tswalu

Jerry & Patty’s safari earlier this year included visits to Sabi Sands near Kruger National Park, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and the Cape Winelands as well as some very exciting wildlife conservation encounters including witnessing a rare Rhino-marking.

In the ongoing battle between poachers and wildlife conservationists, we’re proud to support the efforts of partners like Tswalu Kalahari, and we’re especially glad that Jerry & Patty could experience this important work firsthand.

Here’s what Jerry had to say:

Once a year they look for young rhinos (about 18 mos) and tranquilize them for about 15 mins. They notch their ears for identification, take blood samples, microchip the horn, complete a general description, and when that is all done they reverse the tranquilizer and the rhino is up and ready to charge in about 3-5 minutes.

They look for them by helicopter, shoot the tranquilizer from the helo, and the ground team which has been following in a number of trucks swoops in to do their work. Quite a process. Everyone wants a picture with the rhino! We were fortunate enough to have been there during the few days this was occurring. The neat thing about Tswalu is that they are 80% about conservation and 20% tourism. It was a fascinating visit.

Here are some other photos from their trip:


Read more about their trip right here.

Tracy K. has got an eye!

Tracy and a few friends did a big trip with us back in the Summer of 2012 including gorilla tracking in Rwanda, game drives in the Serengeti and Okavango Delta and a helicopter tour over Victoria Falls. Here’s one of our favorite client pics ever. Great lighting, a very interesting expression and the sense that this leopardess is perched right above us!!!

Leopard in a tree in Serengeti

Here’s another favorite! Everybody loves baby animals, and a baby hippo has got to be one of the cutest. Tracy’s apt description: “Our welcome committee for motor boat arrival at Kwetsani camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana”

Baby hippo at Kwetsani camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

You can read all about her custom safari right here.

Fantastic Footage!!!

Wow, have you seen this fantastic footage of a leopard killing an impala?

This was filmed by guest Martha van Rensburg at Mala Mala – one of the best established reserves in South Africa…A favorite spot as it is always chock-full of wildlife and action!