Sometimes …

… on a very hot day mammals are just not available for sightings on game drives. They hide in the shade of thick bush and are not visible at all.

At such times smaller creatures like spiders can provide beautiful material for wildlife photography.

On Sunday afternoon I took some guests on a drive down ‘spider alley’ and we observed these fascinating creatures waiting patiently for prey or devouring it.

Here are some of the pictures taken of Golden Orb Spiders, Garden Orb Spiders and Bark Spiders.

My guests enjoyed this special arachnid drive very much!

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Slow, slower, slowest!

This is one of the few larger animals, which are slower than humans. Instead of running away the Leopard Tortoise defends itself by withdrawing into its formidable carapace.

It is the fourth largest tortoise species in the world.

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WITH LOGO!

Sometimes a space in a picture invites the placement of a logo. Last weekend I took this Giraffe picture at Pakamisa in beautifully moody evening light.

A journey of Giraffes passed by the stables after all the horses were put into their boxes for the night. I think the logo fits neatly into the frame 😊.

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The Milky Way and a shooting Star – Relaxing under the stars

It is an incredible experience to drive into the bush, to turn off all lights, to wait 15 to 30 minutes until the human night vision is fully established, and then to enjoy the incredible view of the Milky Way.

Even with the naked eye it is possible to observe many constellations, some of the planets, and on a lucky day even a shooting star!

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Birding & Photography Weekend @ Pakamisa

I will be at Pakamisa for another very special weekend (see below of all details). Contact res@pakamisa.co.za for reservations.

Itinerary

James will show the guests how wild birds are caught, ringed and released back into the bush and Christian will provide valuable advice on bird and wildlife photography. Local field guide and birding specialist Chamu and horticulturalist Lizelle will conduct game drives and bush walks. Isabella Stepski, Pakamisa’s owner and horse enthusiast, is available for outrides.

Day 1 – Friday 10th September

From 12:00 Arrival

13:00 Lunch

15:00 Game drive or ‘flora and fauna’ walk

18:30 Meet in the bar with a talk about bird ringing 19:00 Four course dinner

Day 2 – Saturday 11th September

7:00 Tea, coffee and biscuits

7:30 Depart for birding ringing event

8:00 Bird ringing event

11:00 Brunch

15:00 Birding game drive or photography game drive or horse ride 17:15 Drinks as the sun sets, followed by a short night (owl) drive 19:30 Four course dinner

Day 3 – Sunday 12th September

7:00 Game drive or ‘flora and fauna’ walk

9:00 Breakfast

10:30 Smart phone photography lesson (optional)

11:00 Photography lesson (optional)

13:30 Brunch

15:00 Birding game drive or photography game drive or horse ride 17:15 Drinks as the sun sets

19:30 Four course dinner

Day 4 – Monday 13th September

7:00 Game drive or ‘flora and fauna’ walk

9:00 Breakfast

10:00 Smart phone photography lesson (optional) 12:00 Departure

Offered activities:

– Bird ringing event

– Birding game drives

– ‘Flora and fauna’ bush walks

– Photography game drives

– Photography lessons

– Horse riding

For more information and/or bookings please contact Isabella at res@pakamisa.co.za.

A trip of a lifetime to help South Africa!

As all of you know the South African tourist industry has been very badly hit by all the COVID-19 measures around the world. Especially the need for quarantine in many countries upon return from South Africa has made it very difficult for any of you to plan a holiday in our beautiful country (even for fully vaccinated people).

Germany (and I am sure many other countries will follow) have changed the rules this month and re-entry quarantine is no longer required when traveling from Africa!

If you always wanted to go on Safari, if have saved your travel money during all the month of lockdown, and if you want to help a country in need then now is the best time ever to come to South Africa.

Thanda Safari (reservations@thanda.co.za) and Pakamisa Private Game Reserve (res@pakamisa.co.za) are two prime destinations for an unforgettable visit to the wild! … and they are my two of my favorite places on earth!

Contact them or me if you have any questions or if you need help with planning a trip to KwaZulu Natal, my incredible South African home province on the Indian Ocean (WhatsApp +27633294323).

Thanks and have a good week!

What a weekend!

I enjoyed another successful birding weekend at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve. These are pictures I took of only a few of the bird species which we sighted on walks and game drives. The next birding weekend will be from 6 to 9 August. A few rooms are still available!

Contact res@pakamisa.co.za for more information or reservations

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THE MOON AND THE OWL

It looks like the picture on the right has been photoshopped, but it has not. I took these pictures of a Spotted Eagle Owl under the bright moon yesterday evening. Thanks to two of the birding weekend guests at Pakamisa for holding the spotlights to illuminate the Owl.

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RARE AND PRICKLY

On the way back from a ‘Pakamisa Birding Weekend Owl spotting night drive’ we encountered this African brush-tailed Porcupine and its mate. It was quite relaxed and posed for a few pictures in the spotlight which is unusual for these prickly rodents. Its partner disappeared very quickly into the bush 😊

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