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

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Mar 19, 2019

Photographing Cheetahs in African National Parks and Game Reserves

Photographing Cheetahs - hints and tips for capturing photographs of cheetahs in the African parks of Kgalagadi, Madikwe, Pilanesberg, Etosha and Kruger National Park

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Mar 14, 2019

Manyeleti Big Cat Safari - see leopards, lions, cheetahs and more!

Manyeleti Big Cat Safari - Manyeleti, meaning 'place of the stars', boasts one of the lowest vehicle densities in the Greater Kruger, which will enhance your wildlife experience dramatically!

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Feb 23, 2019

Photographing Lions in African National Parks and Game Reserves

Photographing Lions - images and advice on how to photograph the lions of Etosha, Madikwe, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg and the Kruger Park

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Feb 21, 2019

The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park

The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park - "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

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Feb 21, 2019

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." - Don Stilton, Florida, USA

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Feb 04, 2019

Photographic Safaris - a guest's 5-star African safari experience!

Photographic Safaris - a guest's 5-star experience with Rhulani Safaris in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, greater Kruger Park. The big-5 animals, wild dogs, serval and more!

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Feb 03, 2019

Photographers Guide to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Photographers Guide to the Kgalagadi - "This eBook is packed with knowledge that can be applied to other parks, safaris and wildlife excursions via the photography lessons and additional advice for photographers" - Amanda Ellis, Pretoria, South Africa

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Feb 02, 2019

The De Laporte Leopard - fine-tuned waterhole take-aways!

The De Laporte Leopard has entertained a few very fortunate visitors to chases and kills at the waterhole that is located a few kilometers south of Skukuza

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Feb 02, 2019

Timbavati Big Cat Safari - great for photographing relaxed big cats!

Timbavati Big Cat Safari - The Timbavati forms part of the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa, in the heart of African Big-five territory!

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Feb 02, 2019

Sabi Sands Big Cat Safari - the hot-spot for photographing big cats!

Sabi Sands Big Cat Safari - join us as we photograph big cats in the world-famous Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa. Lions. cheetahs and leopards abound and are very relaxed around vehicles, thereby provided amazing photo opportunities.

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Jan 19, 2019

Guided Safaris - our recommendations for southern Africa

With Guided Safaris, like most things, you get the good, the bad and the ugly. We have experienced many of the bad and ugly but here is one that is very good!

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Jan 17, 2019

Kruger National Park – 2 opposing opinions this famous national park

Kruger National Park – Magnificent or Mediocre - read the criticism and then read our answers to make up your own mind!

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Jan 14, 2019

Photography in Cape Town - some hints for landscapes & cityscapes!

Photography in Cape Town - an opportunity to practice your photography before you get to the big-five game reserves

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Dec 28, 2018

Buck and Cat Spoor

Animal spoor seen on a game farm in Bela Bela, Limpopo.

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Dec 22, 2018

Photo Strategies - hints and tips for your African Safari

Photo Strategies - here we provide tips on the most popular African safari animals, from where to look for them to how best photograph them.

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Dec 22, 2018

Photographing Elephants in African National Parks and Game Reserves

Photographing Elephants - images and advice on how to photograph the elephants of Etosha, Madikwe, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg and the Kruger Park

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Dec 22, 2018

Photographing Rhinos in African national parks & game reserves

Photographing Rhinos can be a challenge so here we share hints and tips that have enabled up to photograph these magnificent creatures in Etosha, Pilanesberg, Madikwe and the Kruger Park.

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Dec 20, 2018

Photographing African Wild Dogs in National Parks & Game Reserves

Photographing African Wild Dogs - hints and tips for photographing these predators in Madikwe, Pilanesberg and the Kruger National Park

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Dec 20, 2018

Photographing Buffalo in African National Parks and Game Reserves

Photographing Buffalo - here we share hints and tips that have enabled up to photograph these photogenic creatures in the Pilanesberg, Madikwe and the Kruger Park.

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Dec 16, 2018

Photographing leopards - one of Africa's most elusive animals!

Photographing Leopards - images and advice on how to photograph the leopards of Etosha, Madikwe, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg and the Kruger Park

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Oct 21, 2018

The Big Five Trees - baobab trees, fever trees, Lala Palms and more,

The Photographic Big-Five - the big five trees that make the best photographs when on an African Safari.

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Sep 29, 2018

Kruger Park Trip Report: Dec 2017 - Big-5, cheetah, wild dogs & more!

Kruger Park Trip Report - December 2017 - southern & central Kruger Park, Manyeleti & more!

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Sep 22, 2018

Buffelshoek Camp is a tented camp located in Manyeleti Game Reserve

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

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Sep 12, 2018

Ambience Inn – a lovely B&B in White River!

Ambience Inn is situated in White River, Mpumalanga and is just 35 kilometers from the Kruger Park's Numbi Gate.

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Sep 12, 2018

Cycad Guest House and Fusion Boutique Hotel - superb Kruger stopovers!

Cycad Guest House and Fusion Boutique Hotel - a choice of a 4-star or 5-star hotel that share an award-winning restaurant in the heart of Polokwane.

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Sep 09, 2018

Polo Guest House - five-star food, service and ambiance!

Polo Guest House in Polokwane, Limpopo is an ideal place as a stopover to the Kruger National Park!

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Jul 03, 2018

Small antelope

Samburu Kenya.

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Jun 30, 2018

Is this a female Reedbuck

Kruger NP

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Jun 30, 2018

ID animal in Kruger

Kruger. Spikey horns look like male Rhebuck

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Jun 28, 2018

5 things you should know before booking a safari

5 things you should know before booking a safari - we hope to inspire more people to get themselves out into the wilderness to enjoy the animals and the scenery of a safari.

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Jun 24, 2018

The four Best Safari Parks for self-drive photo safaris!

Which are the best safari parks in Africa? Do the parks in East Africa and Botswana provide a better safari experience than the Kruger Park, Etosha, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg and Madikwe? Not in our opinion.

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Jun 23, 2018

Photographing from vehicles - bean-bags are still the best for us!

Photographing from vehicles - Most of the game reserves that we recommend are self-drive reserves so we will show you how you can be successful photographing from your self-drive vehicle or from a guided game vehicle...

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Jun 05, 2018

Safari Car Hire - Rentalcars.com is the best in our opinion

Safari Car Hire - the best company to use for overland, 4X4 and sedan car hire when on a southern African safari? From the Kruger to Kgalagadi, AVIS & Europcar provide 5-star service and reliable vehicles!

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May 30, 2018

MY JACKET AND A LEOPARD

A short while back, I was on an open vehicle in the Sabi Sands when we found a female leopard. I had a K-Way jacket with me which I took off and sat on

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May 18, 2018

good bad and ugly African safari experiences

Here we rate our good bad and ugly experiences on Afican safaris - including the Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi, Etosha, Pilanesberg and Madikwe.

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May 12, 2018

Why African Safaris - the animals, wilderness, food and lodges!

Why African Safaris - top four reasons people love to go on African Photo Safaris

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May 12, 2018

Wildlife Photography - big-game hunting with a camera

Wildlife Photography on a Southern African safari - Kruger park, Kgalagadi, Etosha, Pilanesberg and Madikwe

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May 06, 2018

Nikon D500 Review - the best wildlife camera we have ever used!

Nikon D500 Review - after using the Nikon D500 for over a year in the Kruger Park, Madikwe and Pilanesberg Game Reserves, these are our findings.

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Apr 17, 2018

Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop Trip Report - glamping at it's best!

Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop Trip Report - we saw the super-seven animals (big-five plus cheetah and wild dogs) in just 3 days!

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Apr 16, 2018

Shalati Safari Camp is a good base to explore Manyaleti & Kruger Park

Shalati Safari Camp is a comfortable, community-owned big-five getaway that provides easy access to both Manyeleti Game Reserve and the central Kruger Park.

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Apr 16, 2018

Boulders Safari Lodge - great place from which to explore the Kruger!

Boulders Safari Lodge is located on a 7000 ha private game reserve close to the Kruger's Malelane Gate

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Apr 15, 2018

Kambaku River Lodge provides 140 meters of private Croc River frontage

Kambaku River Lodge has a panoramic view of the Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park - home to the big-five animals

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Apr 15, 2018

Hamilton Parks Country Lodge - ideal base to explore the Kruger Park

Hamilton Parks Country Lodge is a cozy 14-bedroom country hotel, set in a magnificent 250 hectare estate

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Apr 15, 2018

Hulala Lakeside Lodge - comfortable 4-star accommodation!

Hulala Lakeside Lodge in White River is a great stopover or base from which to explore the Kruger park

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Apr 07, 2018

Madikwe River Lodge - each chalet overlooks the scenic Marico River

Madikwe River Lodge offers guests comfortable accommodation in private thatched chalets and authentic big-5 safaris

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Apr 07, 2018

Madikwe River Lodge March 2018 Trip Report - what a great trip it was!

Madikwe River Lodge March 2018 Trip Report - we experienced 5-star food & service and had some amazing animal sightings!

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Feb 11, 2018

Safari Camera Traps bring a whole new dimension to photo safaris

Safari Camera Traps, or trail cameras as they are also known, are a great way photograph shy animals and to find out what animals come to visit you when you're asleep!

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Feb 11, 2018

Surviving a Dangerous Encounter on Safari - what to do if attacked...

Surviving a Dangerous Encounter on Safari - How Do You Survive a Charging Elephant in Musth or Coming Face-to-Face with a Growling Lion...?!

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Jan 30, 2018

Dangerous safari animals are only dangerous if you threaten them!

Here we discuss Africa's 10 most dangerous safari animals...

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"Having a passion for the region itself and having to know about all dynamics, water holes and ideal roads for 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 places 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, BC, 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

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