Last year I spent a few nights as a part of a team photographing a wedding at a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape and before that I photographed a family from New York travelling through South Africa while they were on safari at Royal Malewane (click on link to view images of the resort).
So I definitly enjoy wildlife and game drives and everything the bush has to offer.
When friends of ours said we'd be joining them for a week at their family home based in Ingwelala, I didn't second guess it for a second - It was going to be fantastic. Another private reserve, our own game drives, perfect. What's not to love.
We spent an incredible few days just outside of Hoedspruit in the Greater Kruger with an amazing group of friends, where we were spoilt to:
A once in a lifetime sighting of a Leopard that had killed and carried his catch up a tree.
We were surrounded by countless elephant grazing at sunset and then spent every night with Hyena at the house watching closely as we sat around the fire - If I weren't there to see it, I wouldn't believe it. It was insane.
After this week, I'm a believer in bravery not being the absence of fear, but the ability to act despite of it.
Here are some of my favourite images from our time in the bush.
Leopard & It's Kill up next....
It's not graphic, but if you think this may upset you, please dont look.
You can see the kill hanging on the right hand side of the image.
After this shot was taken (above) the spotlight was switched off for 30 seconds and when it was switched on again, the leopard was up staring at his kill..(below)... and then he climbed down the tree and disappeared into the grass (WHERE WE WERE PARKED).... I'm not shouting, just talking loudly :o