Dung, beautiful dung!

That is what this beetle thought when he found some fresh droppings and started forming them into a large ball 😊

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Giant Snail Photo Shoot

On my way to Pakamisa’s restaurant I ran into this incredible Giant Snail.

It was a very easy photo shoot with a rather slow but obliging model 😊

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GROWING UP FAST

Pakamisa’s baby Ostriches are growing up very fast, but they are still very cute ☺️

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THE DAILY POST – I AM BACK 😊 – WHITE-FRONTED BEE-EATER COLONY

After a week at Pakamisa the Green Mamba and I are back on Thanda.

Today’s picture/video post is of a White-fronted Bee-eater colony on Pakamisa.

Enjoy the video and have great week!

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THE MORNING POST – PAKAMISA VIEWS

I stayed a few days with my friends at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve; for the 63th time since my arrival in South Africa in 2012 :-). Besides doing the usual wildlife and horse photography I produced material for some short ‘Pakamisa – Ready for Business’ videos.

This is a drone clip of an interesting 360 degree winter view over the reserve and its surroundings. It shows the tall Pakamisa mountain, the beautiful lodge with its stunning views, the long Pakamisa valley with the horse stables, and the Pongola valley with its vast sugar cane fields.

Isabella and her team are getting ready to re-open for South African guests in September. Just contact res@pakamisa.co.za for more information or to book your stay at this amazing place.

Soundtrack courtesy of ROOT.

Enjoy your weekend!

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THE DAILY POST – WILD PEAR

Very small creatures can be very beautiful – This morning I spent some time watching Bees 🐝 collecting pollen from the white flowers of the Wild Pear tree (Dambeya rotundifolia) which is called Mohlabaphala in isiZulu.

Enjoy your Sunday.

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THE MORNING POST – AERIAL IMPRESSIONS

I have spent the last couple days on Pakamisa Private Game Reserve (www.pakamisa.com) to work on a few photographic projects.

This short video of aerial impressions was one of them.

Enjoy your flight 😊.

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It has been a while …

It has been a while since I wrote my last blog post. As some of you know I was in Europe for a few weeks – for my dad’s 80th birthday – and when I returned I was very busy with one of my Custom Luxury Tours. On Friday, 28 June 2019, I got the very welcome news that my permanent residence permit for South Africa was granted. The message reached me just as I took this picture of a Kudu bull posing in front of the setting sun. I will never forget that moment!

Now I am home on Thanda and back at blogging …

I thought you might also enjoy some of my favorite pictures I took since my last post in May.

A Madagascar Day Gecko at the Zurich Zoo …

A Jellyfish at the Basel Zoo Aquarium …

Young idiots providing enrichment for the Lions at Basel Zoo …

My American friend’s first ride on Pakamisa …

A Pakamisa baby Giraffe having a drink …

A Thanda Elephant getting the best out of a branch …

Two of my best friends got married at Thanda Safari on 19 June (also my birthday 🙂 – It was a dream wedding on a beautiful winter day.

Imaging you walking down the road and this is your oncoming traffic …

Being part of a Rhino de-horning operation on Thanda as wedding present? It works if the bride is a veterinarian 🙂

A rare daytime sighting at iSimangaliso Wetland Park: A Black Rhino …

Grey-headed Gulls at Cape Vidal …

Beach ride at St.Lucia …

An Indian Ocean sunrise at St.Lucia …

A Livingstone’s Turaco at the broad walk on iSimangaliso West …

Spotted from my dinner table at a restaurant in St.Lucia – Hippos roam the streets for the little two every night …

And last but not least one of my favorite images of the bride and the groom enjoying an African sunset during the creative photo shoot after the wedding ceremony …

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The year in twelve pictures!

It seems that the years go faster the older I get. But my mother tells me that is the ‘modern’ world around me going faster and faster. Be that as it may, this busy year went by very quickly.

Here are 12 pictures. One for each month as a reminder of an interesting and eventful time.

I wish all of you a Happy New Year 2019!

In January I took this picture of a Secretary bird during a visit to Ithala Game Reserve. One of my favourite national parks in KwaZulu Natal.

On 19 February we had over 100 mm of rain and the Thanda House waterhole was full to the rim. In my over six years at Thanda I had never seen so much water!

I call March the month of the Lions. All North pride females presented their litters to the world and all the sudden we had 10 new Lion cubs!

One of my favourite subjects to photograph are White Rhinos on the Thanda Safari savanna. I really like this shot taken in April. The savanna was still quite green at the time.

It is always very existing when a herd of Elephants appears around a corner and one has to practice driving backwards to get out of their way. On this day in May the herd was in a hurry to get to a waterhole. And so was I!

Chewing the cud. This Giraffe was supplementing its body with calcium and phosphorous from an old bone by chewing on it. This picture was taken in June, one of the winter month when this behaviour can often be observed.

I love the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Lake St.Lucia. A boat cruise on a day in July presented many opportunities to take pictures of sparring Hippos.

Thanks again to many of you around the world who help me supporting Inkanyiso Creche in one of our local communities. In August I delivered a first batch of goodies (tables, games, pictures, …). More will follow in the new year!

A visit to Tembe Elephant Park is always worthwhile. In September I had the opportunity to visit again and I got some great Elephant and Buffalo images.

October: A bit of hanky-panky in spring. The most natural thing in the world. Making new Zebras! Note the Buffalo in the background watching with interest.

Baby animals are always cute, but little Hyena puppies win this year’s price for cuteness. Since November we had many sightings of them around their den.

Summer rains have started properly and the savanna is turning green again. Our new Cheetah males love the open areas which they share with many species. In this December image Zebras, Impalas and Rhinos are posing in the background for this Cheetah portrait.

And in case you would like to view more of my 2018 pictures just have a look at my images on Instagram – www.instagram.com/christiansperkaphotography

I will now take a few days off relaxing at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve.

I will be back in 2019 with more pictures from Thanda Safari and many other places in the South African Wild.

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