Kruger-2-Kalahari Blog

The Kruger-2-Kalahari Blog is our mini-journal focusing on Nature Photography and five of Africa's most famous game reserves - the Kruger National Park, Kalahari, Etosha, Madikwe and Pilanesberg. It...

• lets you know whenever any new Web pages appear on Kruger-2-Kalahari, telling you about a new safari adventure with uploaded photographs

• keeps you up-to-date with other visitor's postings or news about the five national parks and game reserves

• provides safari updates on some of our latest trip reports to the four wilderness areas that you might otherwise miss

• lets you know when we send out the Lion's Roar e-zine

Dec 07, 2016

Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp provides an authentic safari experience

Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp is the ideal option for people who want to experience camping but who don't want the hassle of setting up camp or cooking their own food.

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Dec 06, 2016

Safari Safety - getting injured on self-drive and guided safaris

Safari Safety - the chance of getting injured while on safari are very slim but it could happen to you, as it did to us.

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Dec 06, 2016

Nikon Service and Repair - good, honest service!

Nikon Service and Repair - our experience of dealing with Nikon over the past 18 years

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Dec 05, 2016

Photographers Guide to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Photographers Guide to the Kgalagadi - Your time and money are valuable and the information in this eBook will help you save both!

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Dec 05, 2016

The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park

The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park - Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both.

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Dec 05, 2016

The Photographers Guide to Etosha National Park

The Photographers Guide to Etosha National Park - "Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both."

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Dec 05, 2016

Ndzhaka Camp is an affordable tented camp located in the Manyeleti Game Reserve

Ndzhaka Camp - five rustic tents overlooking the Nwaswitsontso River that flows into the Kruger National Park

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Dec 05, 2016

Buffelshoek Camp is a tented camp located in the Manyeleti Game Reserve

Buffelshoek Camp - five rustic A-framed Safari tents that borders Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park

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Dec 04, 2016

In the trees.

we drive along and stare into the tree-lined roadside and what do we see? Waiting for the elusive big five and we miss out on what is in the tree or what

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Nov 28, 2016

Predator Kills not everything - Part 3

...continuing with more photos of non predator kills from my archives. With over 600 species of birds in the Kruger Park there is just no end! Lourens

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Nov 28, 2016

Predator Kills not everything - Part 2

More photos of non predator kills from my archives. Life is too somber and seeing our feathered friends brightens every thing up! Lourens Erasmus Benoni

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Nov 28, 2016

Predator Kills not everything - Part 1

Not really a Safari story but a thought on nature in general. It is Sunday morning and I am browsing through different websites loaded with videos and

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Oct 31, 2016

Dylan Marriner - field guide extraordinaire

Dylan Marriner - not your average field guide! If you're a serious wildlife photographer you need Dylan as your field guide!

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Oct 03, 2016

Wild Dogs tree a Leopard

This didn't really occur in Etosha, but rather in Okonjima. It's close to Etosha though. In Okonjima which is part of AfriCat, Many of the animals are

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Sep 23, 2016

KGALAGADI 2015 - WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS

KGALAGADI 2015 - WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS Our 1st visit to The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was in 2012 (2-12 August 2012). Talking to my brother and his

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Sep 22, 2016

Lions: Every day for eight days!

During our recent, 21-28 May 2016 visit to a favourite destination of ours, The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we saw lions every day for eight days! What

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Sep 10, 2016

Jacis Safari Lodge - a family-friendly yet luxurious safari getaway

Jacis Safari Lodge provides 8 deluxe tent-style suites and 2 exclusive family suites overlooking the Marico River

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Sep 10, 2016

Day 3 August visit to Kruger.

Day 3 we traveled from Skukuza directly to Lower Sabie. Taking a drive over the Sabie low water bridge and over the Sand river low water bridge. On the

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Sep 02, 2016

Last morning opportunity on AUGUST Kruger visit..

On the last morning leaving Lower Sabie the weather was overcast and misty all the way to Crocodile Bridge. We saw warthog Kudu and Impala and then one

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Sep 02, 2016

Apology for a Fish Eagle.

It seems the Fish Eagle at lake panic took flight. Here are some photos of the Fish Eagle not getting his footing. The thin branch that he was trying to

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Sep 01, 2016

Day 3 August visit to Kruger extra photos.

Additional images from our Skukuza to Lower Sabie drive. Lourens and Janette.

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Sep 01, 2016

August visit to Kruger 2nd Day

On the second day of our visit we traveled from Malelane to Skukuza where we were booked in for the night. not much game except for Rhino Buffalo and Elephant.

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Sep 01, 2016

August visit to Kruger

Once again we made a visit to the Kruger March 2016 being our last. Game viewing was not that good as the southern region was very dry comparing to our

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Jun 25, 2016

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge - great for hikers and nature photographers

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge overlooks the Drakensberg’s Sentinel Peak and Amphitheater and is home to the rare bearded vulture

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May 28, 2016

Sigma 150-600mm lens review - what an exciting new lens!

Sigma 150-600mm lens review - one of the best lenses we have used on a photo safari

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May 22, 2016

Pafuri Walking Trail - a remote and wild walking experience!

Pafuri Walking Trail - a three-night, four-day walking trail that takes you through gorges, forests of fever tree and baobabs, up rivers and through groves of palm trees.

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May 20, 2016

Best Gadgets to Take on Safari throughout Africa

Best Gadgets to Take on Safari - some essentials and some optional extras for gadgets fans with big budgets!

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May 13, 2016

More lions

Don't want to bore you with more lions, but these are pretty good. Sorry for the focus on the leaping lion. These two came in for a drink and wanted to

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May 05, 2016

Changes in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

For those who have purchased our Photographer's Guide to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park eBook, this article lists some existing changes and some work in progress in the park. These changes should be complete by March 2017 so we intend visiting the park and updating our eBook during 2017. All existing customers are entitled to a free copy of the updated edition so there's something to look forward to!

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May 02, 2016

Why the Kruger Park... there is no other big-five game reserve quite like it!

The Kruger Park is, in our humble opinion, the best of all big-five African game reserves for many reasons...

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May 02, 2016

Safari Stopovers provide you with an opportunity to rest & de-stress

Safari Stopovers are a must when travelling long distances and here we list some of our favorites

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May 02, 2016

Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites offers spacious rooms and suites

Hotel Numbi is Situated 10 minutes drive from the Kruger Park's Phabeni Gate

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May 02, 2016

Tingala Lodge borders the world renowned Kruger National Park

Tingala Lodge is situated on the 300 hectare Silonque game reserve and is just 12 kiometers from the Kruger Park's Phalaborwa Gate

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May 01, 2016

Stoep Cafe Guesthouse - old world charm in Komatipoort!

Stoep Cafe Guesthouse offers self-catering accommodation for families and business travellers in Komatipoort and is just 10 kms from the Kruger Park

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May 01, 2016

Matimba Bush Lodge where you can enjoy safaris and sip on sundowners!

Matimba Bush Lodge is ideally situated in pristine wilderness overlooking Mala Mala Dam at Hans Merensky Golf Course in Phalaborwa.

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May 01, 2016

Makalali Private Game Lodge - one of the finest private game lodges in the world

The beautiful and restful Makalali Private Game Lodge is built under giant trees that guard the Makhutswi river

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May 01, 2016

Lalamo Guesthouse - a lovely old-world guesthouse

Lalamo Guesthouse is just 1.5 kilometers from the Kruger Park's Phalaborwa Gate

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Apr 30, 2016

Greenway Woods Resort is perfect for a cosy family getaway

Greenway Woods Resort is a good base from which to explore the south-western Kruger Park

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Apr 30, 2016

Cu Guesthouse is situated right on the doorstep of the beautiful Kruger Park

Cu Guesthouse has the intimate and cosy Earth Restaurant & Bar. The meals are delicious and reasonably priced.

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Apr 30, 2016

Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort - a perfect setting in the heart of Mpumalanga

Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort is the ideal base from which to explore the south-western Kruger Park

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Apr 30, 2016

Bongani Mountain Lodge has magnificent views over the plains below

Bongani Mountain Lodge - luxury high up on a hill in the bushveld!

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Apr 30, 2016

Awelani Lodge is just 12kms from Kruger's Pafuri Gate on the R525

Awelani Lodge is set in a 1000ha Eco-Park where visitors can go on nature walks to see birds and animals and to enjoy the magnificent baobab trees and view the local bushmen paintings

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Apr 30, 2016

Mbewa Cabins is the ideal stopover to Etosha, Madikwe and Botswana

Mbewa Cabins offers Self Catering, Bed & Breakfast and Guest House accommodation in Zeerust

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Apr 26, 2016

The Brothers at Nossob

On our last trip we saw and were privileged to photograph what we believe were 76 different lions. Two of which were the Brothers The first time we photographed

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Apr 26, 2016

Patience Bogatsu - South Africa’s first black female field guide

Patience Bogatsu - she's professional, passionate and of course patient! Patience provided us with six amazing game drives where we saw a wild dog kill, lions, 2 leopards and wild dog pups!

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Apr 25, 2016

Tawny Eagle

Here are some photos taken of one of the Tawny Eagles that we photographed on our latest trip to the Kalahari.

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Apr 25, 2016

Martial takes a bath

There was a lot of rain in March/April of this year. In fact we saw water totally across the road at several points in the Nossob river. That's were we

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Apr 25, 2016

Martial Eagle eyes

We were fortunate in being able to photograph several martial eagles in our most recent trip. These two in a nest are sort of unique. If you look closely

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Apr 24, 2016

Good and Bad Field Guides - our experiences after doing 150 guided game drives

Good and Bad Field Guides - like most things in life you get the good, bad and ugly - here are some of our more memorable stories!

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"Having a passion for the region myself and having had to learn about all the dynamics, waterholes and ideal routes to drive over a period of 6 years - I wish I had this guide on my first trip already!" - Morkel Erasmus, Secunda, South Africa

"Mario and Jenny take you to spots that are not always visited, and their descriptions of the more remote camps will allow you to make an informed decision without wasting time and money" - Bob & Sherry Shepardson, DeBary, Florida, USA

"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both." - Don Stilton, Florida, USA

"I highly recommend the book to anyone visiting Etosha National Park to photograph the animals - or anyone considering an African photography safari in the future." - Anne Darling, Cognac, France

"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable." - Alastair Stewart, B C, Canada

"This work is so much more than an eBook, because it is also a guide, a tutorial, an inspiration and a must-have for anyone interested in wildlife photography" - Findtripinfo.com, USA