2018 Photographic Safari - Africaraw

2018 Photographic Safari

We were unable to visit Africa in 2017. But have just completed a wonderful photosafari in 2018. We visited SA from April to June In 2018 travelling as always in our 4x4 Landcruiser 76 station wagon, with roof top tent. We spent a wonderful month in the Kruger national Park travelling from the Southern camps e.g. Pretorius Kop to Punda Maria in the north. We had our best leopard sightings, including cubs with mother in a tree and also a leopard with impala kill escaping from wild dogs up a tree but later having to dash down when a large troop of baboons came along later We were then heading to Etosha in Namibia when car troubles began. While crossing Botswana via the Trans Kalahari Highway to reach Namibia the car began to "whine" and 50Km later the gears blocked in 5th gear. Luckily this occurred on the outskirts small town. A super man JJ Swart & his colleague stopped and helped us reach a motel. From there I phoned our extremely efficient "CrossCountry" car insurance company in SA who arranged for the car to be towed back to our Toyota dealer at Four ways in Johannesburg. We were provided with a car for 3 days for the drive back. As usual we had great service from Toyota but the gear box required replacement. This took time and so we had to cancel the Etosha leg of our trip. We were still able to visit the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for 10 days and again had amazing photo opportunities. We had a good opportunity to photograph a cheetah coalition, & Marianne had great action pictures of birds e.g. hunting crows