Morning has broken!

This was the view a few minutes ago when stepped in front of my room at Thanda House – winter is coming and so are the beautiful sunrises and sunsets – Have a good day!

Golden Hour

And one more of my recent favorite posts!

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It is called the Golden Hour! As the Thanda Safari guests head out on game drive in the early morning, the sun provides the most beautiful light for the first hour of the day. Photographers love this first light as well as the soft light of the last hour before sunset.

Picture by Christian Sperka – Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Safari

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My favorite African cars – Leopards!

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For many decades Leopards in KwaZulu Natal have been hunted and killed by humans. When Thanda Safari – Private Game Reserve was established – 11 years ago – a safe haven for these magnificent cats was created. But it takes a lot of patience and time to ‘teach’ these beautiful animals that they can relax around safari vehicles.

It is very important to treat the Leopards with respects and not to push and pursue them, when they decide to leave a sighting. And once they learn that the presence of our vehicles does not mean any threat, more prolonged sightings will become the norm.

This young female lay in the bushes approximately 30 meters from the road. We viewed her from the distance with binoculars and took some pictures until she decided to leave us and move up a hill. We did not follow her off-road and we did not push her. We let…

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With this electronic bouquet of Proteas I wish my mum (in Germany) and all the mums around the world – in the eighty countries, where this special day is celebrated today – a VERY HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.




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It has been years since I have used a ‘short fixed focus length lens’. Last week, when cleaning my equipment, I picked up my Canon EF f1.4/50mm lens and decided to put in my camera case to give it a try at low light.

And two days ago such a scenario presented itself.

After the sun had set I took this image of our north pride Lions sleeping off a good meal. With very shallow depth of field it creates a special artsy atmosphere. I like it and I think I will use this ‘short beauty’ more often.