Simbavati 22-26 August Part 1

21st September 2015
I Hosted a group of 4 photographers at Simbavati River lodge from the 22nd to the 26th August, two Ladies from Australia and a couple from South Africa.

After meeting everyone and setting up their cameras we set off on our first drive.

We stared off with a herd of Elephants right at the camps entrance, we spent quite some time with the Elephants as they fed and got lovely images of a young calf as she tried feeding on the bush close to her mom.

Next we set off to go and look at some Hyenas that were playing in a nearby dam, on the way we spotted a small herd of Waterbuck, one Female had just finished drinking and she briefly looked at us before walking away to join the rest of the herd, we continued on our way to the Hyenas.

When we arrived at the dam we found one sub adult hyena in the water, it was splashing about the water and chewing on a stick, close by was a Hammerkop and every now and again the hyena would get too close to the bird at it would fly off and land a few meters away.

While at the Hyena we got a call that a young Male Leopard had been found nearby, we immediately headed over to have a look.

The Leopard was quite restless and he never stood still for longer than a few moments ! This made it quite herd for us to get a clear photo of him but he did briefly climb onto a rocky outcrop and we managed a few images of him before he disappeared down into a small drainage line and we couldn’t follow any further so we had a sundowner drink and then headed back to the lodge.

The following day was a quiet day and in the morning we only managed to photograph some general game, Giraffe,Zebra,Waterbuck and some Impala, we did also see a large herd of Buffalo that were crossing over the Timbavati river. After the Buffalo we headed back to camp for breakfast and a session in Lightroom.

The afternoon drive we managed to find the Goya rd Male Leopard feeding on his Impala Kill that he had stashed up in a Large Mopani Tree, the Leopard was a bit nervous and he climbed down the tree when he saw us and disappeared into the thickets.

Later on in the evening we returned to where the Leopard had left his kill, often Leopards that are nervous of vehicles during the day are more relaxed at night and the Goya Rd Male was no exception, he was a lot more relaxed and we could get some nice images of him using the spotlight and even a few side light images of him.

Finally after spending time and photographing the Goya Rd Male we headed back to the lodge for our own dinner stopping along the way to photograph a Scops Owl sitting in a Marula tree close to the road.

The following morning we headed out on drive and the first animals we found were 5 Hyenas sleeping on the edge of a small dam, the Hyenas were sleeping soundly and they seemed to have full bellies but every now and again one Hyena would lift lazily lift his head a scan the area.

Later on in the Morning we photographed a nice big Bull Elephant as well as some Giraffe and Hippo before going back to the Lodge for breakfast and some more Lightroom classes.

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