SPOILT FOR LIFE: 5 days,10 game drives at MalaMala – Part 2

SPOILT FOR LIFE: 5 days,10 game drives at MalaMala – Part 2
Text and photographs: Astrid Bluemel   DAY 3 – our luck ran out: Same routine as yesterday, well almost. I get quite a shock as Susi asks me, at 06:10 in the morning, if I know the difference between a steenbok and klipspringer? Shit, she’s been studying her book. Would you know? I somehow talk my way out… Right outside camp we find a leopard on the riverbank. The first rays of sun light the scene and we get some wonderful photos. As do some other who get in even closer than we do, in doing so changing our background from bushes to jeep view. From there it’s a lioness, zebra, giraffes,...
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SPOILT FOR LIFE: 5 days, 10 game drives at MalaMala – Part 1

SPOILT FOR LIFE: 5 days, 10 game drives at MalaMala – Part 1
Text and photographs: Astrid Bluemel DAY 1 – first impressions: I am a photographer. I love coming to MalaMala. This time I am bringing my friend Susi, she’s never been to Africa before. I am pretty sure that after this experience she will love Africa and love going on safari. The one down thing: she’ll be spoilt for life. I don’t know which of us is more nervous, she or me. Did I, in my enthusiasm, overdo it with all my stories of this wonderful place? All turns out well, she loves the plane ride from Johannesburg, and already wants to photograph the impala at the airstrip through the...
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Weekly sightings: 3 – 9 Aug

Weekly sightings: 3 – 9 Aug
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Weekly sightings: 27 July – 2 Aug

Weekly sightings: 27 July – 2 Aug
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Weekly sightings: 20 – 26 July

Weekly sightings: 20 – 26 July
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Airstrip Male vs Warthog cue Hyena

Airstrip Male vs Warthog cue Hyena
Text and photographs: Dean Wraith One thing MalaMala teaches you as a guide when it comes to looking for wildlife, is to pay attention to what all the animals are telling you. Monkeys chattering, impala snorting and kudu barking are all good signals that something is going on in the bush. Giraffe are not barkers or snorters, but they stare at anything that concerns them. When we saw two giraffe staring into the bush we knew something was up. We drove into the bush line slowly and carefully, we could see some impala standing in some shade. We sat for some time watching and hoping that a leopard would...
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