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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sango - Save Valley Concervancy

I just returned from an incredible 10 day safari in the 60 000 hectare, Sango Private Game Reserve situated in the Save Valley Conservancy in Eastern Zimbabwe. 60 000 hectares of pristine wilderness for one safari vehicle was really special and seldom find in any of Africa's more famous National Parks and Reserves.

Different photographers enjoy photographing different subjects and one of my favourite animals to view and photograph is without a doubt the African Wild Dog also known as Painted Wolves.

Late one morning we got a radio call to say the dogs have been located and we found them resting in the shade of an old Leadwood tree after there morning hunt. Shortly after we arrived the dogs got up and entered the thick Mopane. We located the dog’s minutes later and enjoyed some great photographic opportunities.

There are very few encounters in Africa that gives you such amazing adrenalin rush as walking and photographing Black Rhino on foot. We were fortunate to photograph this old bull on our first full day. We also had great sightings of other pachyderms including Elephant and Cape Buffalo.

Numerous hides around the property are erected specially for photography and offer the photographer great low angle images.

Sango is home to numerous rain filled pans, covered in Water Lilies. These pans attract a huge variety of birdlife.

The reserve is undoubtedly a bird photographers paradise with more than 300 species of birds recorded, Racket- tailed Roller, Boulder Chat and White- breasted Cuckooshrike are only a few of the specials.

It also provide the landscape photographer the opportunity to utilize wide angle lenses and capture great images of the surrounding granite boulders and bushveld terrain.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What a wonderful collection of photos. The leopard is my number one wild animal, but the wild dog is a close second so I am delighted with these pictures. Diane

Benny and Lily said...

4 paws up!
Benny & Lily

Sydney Photographer said...

Excellent stuff. Keep it up

littlewid said...

Loving the Wild Dog photos and the little Ele. what an amazing place it looks.


Bev Sharp said...

Wonderful motion shots Marius! Where are you heading next?