Posts from the ‘Thanda Safari’ category


One of Thanda’s Lionesses in the most beautiful morning light. Have a good SUNday 🙂

Picture details: African Lion | Location: Thanda Safari, South Africa
Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon EF500 f4L | AV | ISO 200 | 1/500s | f/4 | 0eV | WB 6500K – post processing corrected | free-hand

Dugga Boy

Dugga means mud!

Dugga Boy is a nickname given to older Buffalo males who have passed their prime breeding age and spend their days wallowing in mud pools. Dugga boys occur in small bachelor herds or as individuals. They are quite vulnerable and therefore more aggressive than animals in a large herd. This Thanda Dugga Boy had a good stretch before he left the Ubomvu waterhole. Ubomvu means red in the local Zulu language – a very good name considering the red soil in this area!

Picture details: Cape Buffalo | Location: Thanda Safari, South Africa
Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon EF28-300 f3.5-5.6L at 200mm | AV | ISO 2500 | 1/500s | f/5.6 | 1.0eV | WB 6500K | free-hand

Bird’s views!

I am currently learning how to fly a new DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone. These are two of my first aerial images I took with the ‘new toy’. With the new 4K camera it is actually anything else but a toy. The image quality for video and stills is amazing. More to come soon …

A morning view of the western part of Thanda Safari …

And an afternoon view of my home on Thanda. Can anyone spot the Elephant in the picture 🙂

Elephants and Clouds

This week we had some amazing sunsets. I really enjoyed this particular evening as I was watching a few Elephant bulls in front of Thanda House. They grazed around the house for over an hour. As I was watching them the most amazing cloud formations passed by. I captured them with my iPhone 7 Plus. Enjoy these African skies!

Elephants at Thanda House

White clouds …

Orange clouds …

Cloud formation …

Browsing under the evening sky …



I have just uploaded a few more Lion images taken between 2006 and  2017. Have a look at (total 76 images).

This is one of many species gallery available online at

Please contact me at in case you are interested in publishing any of these images or if you would like to license any image for printing (for personal or commercial use).

These are some of the newly uploaded images!



50mm Lens!

50mm Lens!

iPhone Photography!

iPhone Photography!

My 2016 Favorite!

My 2016 Favorite!

Little one!

Little one!

His Majesty!

His Majesty!

The Cheetah brothers on a kill …

As I walked out of my room at Thanda House I spotted the two Thanda Cheetah brothers just beyond our garden’s northern fence line. They were moving west, while carefully checking for other predators.

I walked around the building to my vehicle when I saw them again much closer to our northern gate. They were now feasting on a large Kudu cow, who must have been killed a while ago (large parts of her were already eaten). Her unborn calf was lying next to her. Unlike Lions, who would have eaten the fetus immediately, the two Cheetahs were eating the adult Kudu first.

This kill was so large that the Cheetah would never finish it. So Hyenas, Jackals, Vultures and many other smaller creatures will enjoy meals from this Kuku cow.


Checking around …


Moving along the Thanda house fence …


On the kill …


Feeding together – no fighting over the large meal …


Always on the lookout for possible thieves …


A few hours later – full bellies and still a lot of meat left – the Hyenas will love it!


And this is my favorite shot from that afternoon …

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I wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

… with my favorite scenery image of 2016: The sky over Thanda Safari on 30 December 2016!

Stay tuned for a blog message about my wildlife sightings between Christmas and New Year … coming soon …