My Great-Uncle would have been proud!


In the 1950s and 1960s my great-uncle, Werner Knecht, was a well known food photographer in Switzerland. He would have been proud to know that three of my food images were published in a South African magazine called “Urban Life’n Style”.

Have a look at this article about Pakamisa’s Head Chef Thandeka Nxumalo and her recipes at

pakamisa food

Pakamisa is a private game reserve in KwaZulu Natal focusing on horseback safaris. It features a five star lodge with stunning vistas and an excellent cuisine.

Frog Watch

Imagine you drive along the road and suddenly a Frog jumps up from the front of your car, lands in the middle of your windscreen and then keeps staring at you while you keep driving 🙂

This one did that to me!

After a little while I drove close to a branch and gave him a chance to get off. He hang onto this branch for a little while before moving on.

405 Drawing of a little lion who just woke up in ballpoint pen after photo by Christian Sperka

Have a look what Thomas did with my picture (see today’s post)!

One Drawing Daily

Drawing of a little lion that just woke up in ballpoint penI just stubled a little around and then I saw this fantastic photo of a little lion waking up (by Christian Sperka photography) – and i had to draw it 😉
It’s a little loose and sketchy, but I think it turned out well. It took 5-10 minutes, so I’m really happy about the outcome.

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Wake up!

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This little Lion just woke up from his midday nap and had a bit of a stretch before it started annoying its mother, who was not yet ready to go. I love the look in her eyes: “Ready to go!”

PS: Sorry for blogging so little over the last few weeks, but I was very busy with some local projects on Thanda and had very little time for anything else.

WO’GOA travel magazine

A great 32 page article about Thanda with 20 of my wildlife images was published in WO’GOA Travel Magazine.


Full online Version:

Thanks to WO’GOA travel magazine for this fabulous photo led feature on us!


The 32 page article is available online at 

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Dancing Elephant ?!

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Not really 🙂 This young Thanda Elephant bull was changing direction rather quickly as he was chasing some Cape Buffalo. One of my favorite Elephant shots ever! The Thanda guests enjoyed the very active scene. Elephants chasing Buffalo and Buffalo chasing Elephants.