Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2018

Thanda Safari’s Christmas blog post! Enjoy the pictures – Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our guests and friends around the world!

As the year 2017 comes to a close we thought we send you a ‘Thanda picture present’. Each of these twelve wildlife images was taken during a different month this year. Pick your favorite!

Thank you very much for following our blog.

Happy Holidays from the Thanda Safari Team

January – Rubbing an eye …

February – Paying attention …

March – Relaxed …

April – On the lookout …

May – Shy and rare …

June – Clean up crew …

July – Warm up in the sun …

August – Evening sun …

September – Tranquility …

October – Gone …

November – African sky …

December – Treats …

Pictures by Christian Sperka , Resident Wildlife Photographer, Thanda Safari

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I wish all my friends around the world a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

With my very best wishes from South Africa – Christian

PS: This is my favorite South African flower. It is from a Sickle Bush (Dichrostachys cinerea, known also Bell Mimosa, Chinese Lantern Tree or Kalahari Christmas Tree), which blooms around this time of the year. A true Christmas flower!

 

5 reserves and 30 images!

Another exciting month! It started with a 14 day tour through five game reserves (Timbavati, Sabi Sands, Pakamisa, Phinda and Thanda) and ended with another Art Project on Thanda.

I was extremely busy and my time to photograph wildlife was limited. Nevertheless I hope you will enjoy this collection.

PS: If you enjoy continuous updates about my work I recommend you follow me on Instagram where I post images almost daily! http://instagram.com/christiansperkaphotography

A little Elephant mock-charge was very exciting for my ‘first-time’ safari guests …
White Rhino cuddling …
Chatting up – Leopard style …
Ground Hornbills – a rare treat …
Protecting the kill …
On the move – African Wild Dogs …
A bit of warmth on a cold morning …
On horseback – There is no better way to experience Giraffes …
A visit to Zululand – local architecture …
A visit to Zululand – Local people …
My room at Phinda – with visitors …
With mum …
Just born …
Nest artists …
Having an eye on you …
Dwarf Mongoose – cute and shy …
Turtle and Hippo – The Oxpecker/Buffalo water team …
Vultures fighting over meat …
And Hyenas fighting, too …
Showing off …
Cute, small and fast …
Bateleur – my favorite eagle …
What a view at lunch …
Close up …
Rhino ops …
He is a beauty and he knows it …
The Lebombo Mountains …
On my way to work!
Rolling on …
… and last but not least … Elephants during light rain …

That is it. I hope you enjoyed the show!

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36 days – 36 pictures!

36 days and 36 pictures! This is a picture record of one of the busiest times I ever had since I came to South Africa.

My very popular Green Mamba 1 (Specialized Luxury Photography Vehicle) and all my other responsibilities on and off  Thanda left me very little time to blog. So here is a nice long update. And as always more pictures than words!

Enjoy your upcoming weekend!

A young bull for the first time in musth – very confused and a bit aggressive …
A rescued young Genet to be released into the wild …
The stride of the North pride …
Impressive tusks on one of Thanda’s oldest bulls …
Bronze Mannikin – a new species for my bird list …
Horses approaching – a Pakamisa Ostrich gets out of the way …
Very shy – I call them the ‘back-side-antelopes’ because that is usually the only picture I can get – Red Duiker …
They love the layer under the bark …
Close to mum …
Elephant parade on Thanda …
About to go hunting …
Close up and personal …
Colorful and cold …
Not one of the big five – but my favorite antelope – Nyala …
Hyena laughter at Thanda Safari Lodge …
Alert …
Leopard stand-in – This young Cheetah male posed on a tree – as I had not seen a Leopard for quite a while he must have thought that someone had to take over the ‘cat in a tree’ job …
A photo shoot at Pakamisa …
The sun was gone as the bulls started fighting …
The little Lioness was very scared when the young male chased her away from ‘his’ kill …
An awesome sighting – Elephants on the move …
Majestic – A Kudu bull …
Full speed along the beach – a special excursion during a Pakamisa holiday …
Little Hippo out of the water during the day – a rare sighting …
Ellies in the evening sun …
One of my favorites – Black Rhino during drizzling rain …
Get the ticks please …
Just after sunrise …
Mating Lions …
A perfect evening for a drink stop …
The Blood Lilys are out – summer is here …
One of my favorite Giraffe shots, ever …
A good hair day …
Incredible skies …
Having a drink…

That is it. I hope you enjoyed the show!

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Hectic …

Well, my  South African friend’s love the word hectic to describe a busy time. And my last few weeks were quite hectic!

I had very little time to blog and to document what I was doing. So I want to make up for that today.  Here are  pictures taken during these last few weeks.

… A young Lioness in her stride (23 July) …

… Elephants huddling for a family picture in front of the Thanda Safari Tented Camp (30 July) …

… A Lilac-breasted roller sighting making my day (31 July) …

… A Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl on its nest (1 August) …

… Me on game drive with my Green Mamba 1 – I love every minute 🙂 – Picture by Warren taken during our last game drive together before he exchanged the rolling hills of Zululand for the rolling hill of Scotland!

… My drone and the moon (4 August) …

… The Green Mamba 1 on top of the world (5 August) …

… A tiny Thanda Elephant marching along (9 August) …

… The night sky during the meteor shower (12 August) …

… A massive Eland bull at Nambiti Game Reserve (16 August) …

… Working on a photo shoot at Nambiti Plains Lodge (17 August) …

… Visiting the Blood River battlefield (18 August) …

… Another photo shoot, this time at Fugitive’s Drift Lodge (19 August) …

… Three days old – a baby Giraffe …

… And an agitated White Rhino cow (26 August) …

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