The Classic South African Safari

27 01 2015

I am heading out on the Classic South African Safari in the next couple of weeks, and thought there is no better way to prepare for a photographic safari, than to have a look through the archives and find some images taken on previous safaris from the same place at the same time of year to get me in the mood for what is to come.

February can be a tricky month to photograph wildlife in South Africa, because it is nearing the end of the rainy season, so the vegetation is quite dense, and you often have to deal with that annoying piece of grass that chose to grow right in front of the leopards face as she poses on a fallen tree! On the other side of the coin though it is green and lush, as compared to the dusty harshness of winter, which makes the setting so much more beautiful. It is also quite hot at this time of year, so it is always a good idea to keep an eye in the trees for resting leopards looking to escape the heat. The elephants too feel the heat, and will have a good splash around in the water and mud to keep themselves cool, which makes for some great images. Another real highlight at this time of year is that the migratory birds have not yet left on their northward journey to escape the South African winter. Many very colourful species will be around, hopefully in front of our cameras!

I always enjoy this time just before a great safari, thinking about what we might see and what images we will return with. Lets hope the animals come out and play; look out for a follow up blog post…

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