South Africa, Londolozi Game Reserve.
I was finally back in the wilds of South Africa and it was way too long in coming. My first trip to the African continent was in 1987 and it was here, South Africa, that I first experienced the magic of this wonderful, natural paradise. For many reasons I’ve spent most of my time in Kenya and other east African countries, so I was excited when a group o Explorers convinced us we needed to make a trip to the most southerly part of this wild continent. As usual Tanya worked her logistical magic and here I am writing this blog from my room in the world-renowned Londolozi Game Reserve. I hope to do this at least once each day while we’re here, so they won’t be long. The days in the field start at 5:00am and we’re typically not done for the night until after 9:00pm.
The photo above is of a very unique situation that we’ve just never experienced in Kenya. Here, at Londolozi, we have the ability to stay out after dark. Having to come in from the field before 6:30pm each night in Kenya has always been a disadvantage, so tonight when we stayed out until way after the sunset, it was very special. The image below was our first pride of lions and they didn’t even move until the sun was long gone. Thankfully due to the latest digital camera technology, i was able to shoot in light I’ve never tried before. The image above was shot at 8000ISO with a Nikon D4 and the new 80-400mm lens. The warm light in the foreground is from our headlights. I’ll post more text and images as the trip goes on. Stay tuned.
After a day in the field we came back to an amazing dinner that included mushroom soup, chicken skewers with a special red sauce and garlic mashed potatoes, fresh out of the garden sautéed vegetables and a delicious cake of some sort and all washed down with a small glass of South Africa Amarula. It was an evening to remember and it’s only just begun.