In front of the camera :-)

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Photographers seldom end up on pictures. Well, there are not very many pictures with me in them, especially not during interesting wildlife operations.

But at this Rhino darting operation one of the subjects of my pictures (it was actually Kingsley Holgate, a well known South African explorer, humanitarian and author – who was present during the operation) took the camera away from me and shot this image. Thanks!

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And then a member of the wildlife team took this image with all the guides, trackers, game guards and the Rhino boy involved in this procedure.

So, two picture with me in it in one day – must be a record 🙂

Zulu People and Zulu Culture (1)

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Thanda is located in the heart of Zululand. With this location comes responsibility to the Zulu People and the Zulu Culture, which have existed in this area for centuries.

Most of the personnel at Thanda come from the surrounding local communities and Thanda has close relationships with the community leaders and the people. Both sides benefit greatly from these good relationships!

For the interested guests – from all over the world – Thanda is not only a superb place to experience the African bush but also an ideal base to explore Zulu culture and customs.

Visits to a traditional Zulu homesteads and to local schools can enhance the appreciation for the rural life in South Africa. A visit to a Sangoma (Zulu Spiritual Adviser) can give a great insight into the Zulu believes connecting God, Nature and the Ancestors.

There will be a series of blog messages and images documenting this unique part of the Thanda experience.

This first blog/images show a group of Thanda guests with the children at a local school. Many guests support the schools by donating supplies and toys when visiting them during their stay in South Africa.

If you would like to incorporate the experience of “Zulu People and Zulu Culture” into your Thanda visit contact

First images above: The school children were having fun running around the school yard with one of the Thanda guests.

20131107 - CS2_4233 - E - ThandaThe school children perform a few songs for the foreign guests.

20131107 - CS2_4264 - E - Thanda 2These boys were singing and dancing about the Black Rhino.

20131107 - CS2_4214 - E - ThandaA young lady from Spain in a friendly conversation with young students.