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Mark Knott
Mark Knott - We left Rattray’s Camp before dawn, intending to have our morning Amarula coffee while viewing the sunrise from the top of a kopje. Shortly after leaving camp we came across 2 of the dominant male lions of the area.Mark Knott - One morning as we went out we found a dense fog covering the riverine area of MalaMala. As the sun rose the fog began clearing providing a beautiful misty sunrise scene, enhanced by the lone zebra crossing the meadow.Mark Knott - We came upon a lioness tending her 2 playful cubs. She looked us over closely to see if we were a threat to the cubs. Picking one up in her mouth and the other following, she moved them to a safer location.
Mark Knott - An unusual July rainstorm was approaching the Makalolo Plains area of Hwange Park when this beautiful rainbow appeared. The sun at our back and the dark clouds approaching provided dramatic lighting.Mark Knott - One afternoon our guide drove us to the far reaches of Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve where we arrived in time to climb a rocky hill to witness a beautiful sunset over the reserve.Mark Knott - The colorful bateleur is one of my favorite African birds. The opportunity to photograph a bird coming directly at you comes only rarely. Our guide carefully positioned the vehicle allowing us to get this amazing shot.
Mark Knott - The little bee-eater is one of the many colorful birds of Africa. Their ability to spot and then dart up off their branch to grab insects in flight is amazing to observe.Mark Knott - Our guide suggested we try ‘night’ photography. With the rising sun and the guide’s careful use of a light we were able to get this amazing photo. MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa.Mark Knott - Usually the dogs are the ones doing the chasing, but this time we watched as a small herd of wildebeest turned the situation around and chased a small pack of wild dogs. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Mark Knott - We were in the hide at Mashatu and a beautiful black backed jackal trotted in. We were not sure if he was more interested in us or the dove. The ground level view from this waterhole hide is amazing.Mark Knott - The hide at Mashatu is a great place to observe all types of wildlife and birds at close range. These baboons took the opportunity to drink while others watched for danger.Mark Knott - Sable antelope are beautiful and a rather uncommon. A stormy sky over Hwange National Park provided a great background for this herd as it ran toward a waterhole for a quick drink.
Mark Knott - An amazing display of strength, ferocity and quickness by the huge animals. Fortunately the weaker bull retreated before serious damage could be done.

Eric Gurwin
Eric Gurwin -To be able to spend any amount of time with such small leopard cubs was something I’d always hoped to be able to do and that moment finally arrived. We were so fortunate! MalaMala, South Africa.Eric Gurwin - We were on our way to see a leopard lying by a dam when I noticed this little malachite kingfisher. The background was perfect and the leopard would wait so I took a few pictures of this beautiful bird.Eric Gurwin - We were very fortunate to spend quite a bit of time with a mother and her two sub-adult cheetah cubs. Their play, which I’m sure is fun, is also a way to hone their hunting skills.
Eric Gurwin - There were a pair of bull elephants picking up water with their trunks and spraying themselves and the air. Using a Nikon D5 at 10fps and a shutter speed of 1/1250s I was able to get the image you see here.Eric Gurwin - We had a good suspicion that when this leopard awoke it would drink from the nearby water. We were very close, within fifteen feet and were lucky to capture some images as it indeed did quench its thirst.Eric Gurwin - As night was falling this leopard decided it prudent to hoist her kill....she went from tree to tree before deciding which to use. I felt converting this image to black and white made the image more moody.
Eric Gurwin - In all my 40 years on safari, I’d never seen such a young leopard cub and then to see three at once was over the top. These four-week old cubs all joined their mother to nurse is a moment I will never forget!Eric Gurwin - In what was an amazing morning we came about a ‘crash’ of rhino. If that wasn’t amazing in itself, they lined themselves up in such a way that I couldn’t have imagined. MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa.Eric Gurwin - Leopard cubs weight 17-21 ounces at birth and are blind. They depend on their mother for food and do not venture far from their den for the first three months of life.
Eric Gurwin - Another amazing encounter. I was permitted to leave the vehicle and photograph the white rhino on foot. There is nothing better than getting images from a low level and shooting from one knee allowed me this image.Eric Gurwin - The opportunity to spend time with this female and her cubs was not only amazing but quite emotional as well. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.Eric Gurwin - Almost blocking out the sun this elephant bull gave me an opportunity of a lifetime. I was on foot and the bull approached me in a non-threatening way. Because of how close the elephant was I took it with an iPhone.

Chris Swindal
Chris Swindal - After a thrilling couple of minutes with the four white rhinos in close proximity, they gave us one final look and decided to keep moving on. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Chris Swindal - We tracked and found this wild dog pack of 8 adults and 9 puppies. The pack got split up and after a day apart, they reunited and a happy and very vocal greeting ceremony followed. Kwando Splash Camp, Botswana.Chris Swindal - The first afternoon at Duba Plains, we found the Tsaro pride on the very first game drive; two lioness and six cubs. The cubs were very playful and relaxed, almost posing in the golden light of the setting sun.
Chris Swindal - This lioness used the moving and unafraid elephants as cover as they crept closer to red lechwe. After this photo, the lionesses brought down one of the two fighting male red lechwes. Duba Plains, Botswana.Chris Swindal - We were lucky to find the Tsaro pride before sunrise. Just as the sun edged over the horizon, the two lionesses stood up, moved into the open and sat down atop a small hill to watch the sunrise. Duba Plains, Botswana.Chris Swindal - While in my tent I saw several vervet monkeys. This curious infant slowly walked up a pole to get a closer look at me. The monkey's mother saw what was happening and pulled her baby toward her to rescue it from me.
Chris Swindal - This Tsaro lioness awkwardly tried to pick up the cub by placing her jaws completely over the cub's head. The cub jumped back and gave the lioness the cutest look as if the say, ‘mom!!.... what are you doing?’Chris Swindal - We had been watching the Tsaro pride be lazy all afternoon. This cub was stalking another cub from behind this mound. I managed to catch him as he suddenly launched toward the other cub. Duba Plains, Botswana.Chris Swindal - This giraffe had several dozen ox peckers lined up and standing on the back of its neck. The giraffe was craning and stretching its neck and seemed to be enjoying it. Kwando Lagoon, Botswana.
Chris Swindal - One morning during my time at the Okavango Delta we spotted four white rhinos together. Four!! We got our cameras as low as possible. The rhinos seemed to get curious and came closer to give us a good look.Chris Swindal - We found this male on patrol, calling and warning four young males to stay out of his territory. He made it to an open plain scattered with red lechwe and surveyed his territory. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Darlene Knott
Darlene Knott - We enjoyed being at Davison’s Camp in Hwange! We watched several herds of elephants. The little ones tumbled all over each other until they were piled high - always surrounded by the older elephants.Darlene Knott - With incredible senses, they were alerted to an animal in the far distance. Thanks to our friend and guide, Dickson Dube, we spent many hours being entertained by these wild dogs. Hwange, Zimbabwe.Darlene Knott - We set out with Joe, our enthusiastic guide at Sabi Sands, early one morning and saw these rhino. They were positioned perfectly with the sun rising behind them. The colors were spectacular!
Darlene Knott - The giant kingfisher at MalaMala was fishing. To do this, he must hover over the fish in the water, then dive very quickly straight down to catch his prey. I ‘caught’ him in this unique hover before the dive.Darlene Knott - At Mashatu Camp in Botswana, we were treated to two mornings in the hide. This little elephant had his fill of drinking and was enamored by the dust. A much larger elephant walked by and framed him perfectly.Darlene Knott - We saw so many beautiful birds coming into the waterhole at the Mashatu hide. These African green pigeons drank in unison for a very brief time and cast a beautiful reflection at the same time. So colorful!
Darlene Knott - We followed this leopard at Mashatu for quite a while. Finally she climbed the ridge and surveyed the area. The light was perfect and so was the sighting! Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.Darlene Knott - We were photographing hippos around the hide at Kaingo Camp when one of the prettiest birds there is, the malachite kingfisher, landed on a branch in the water. Such a tiny speck of beautiful colors!Darlene Knott - At Mashatu, we had spent one afternoon in an area that was beautiful with fantastic rocks and cliffs. We got there just in time to capture these fabulous colors and the beautiful Rhodes Baobab.
Darlene Knott - We have been in Hwange National Park many times and have always enjoyed the game viewing. But, never had we seen the wild dogs there! This pack of wild dogs put on such a show for us.Darlene Knott - We visited Kaingo Camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa and our fantastic guide, Yorum, took us to this spot by the Luangwa River. We watched the lions watching the hippos in the river.Darlene Knott - We sat with our guide at MalaMala watching a herd of elephants eating. This little elephant wanted to show his prowess by scaring off that big vehicle he spotted! He charged at us several times throwing as much dust as he could.
Darlene Knott - We found the wild dogs hanging around the wildebeests when the wildebeests decided they felt harassed and were not going to take it anymore! They started chasing the dogs! We laughed as this wild dog ran away!Darlene Knott - I have been watching the Three Rivers female at MalaMala as a tiny cub 2 years before. Her mother died less than a year later, and the daughter has proven to be a survivor, hunting successfully and evading predators!

Terry Gray
Terry Gray - A pair of my favorite African birds, lilac-breasted rollers, posed perfectly and patiently for their photo during a game drive in Sabi Sand during our stay at Kirkman’s Kamp.Terry Gray - Every morning I insisted that our guide Brooks find an amazing sunrise for me to photograph. On our very last morning in Africa, he outdid himself! The most unique sunrise I will ever see.Terry Gray - I captured this yellow-billed kite during a game drive in the Okavango Delta from Chitabe Camp. This intra-African migratory bird zeroes in on leftovers for lunch.
Terry Gray - We chose Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve for its rhino population and weren't disappointed. As we had been enjoying several adults and were leaving, this mother and baby surprised us. Thrilling!Terry Gray - Twelve 2-month-old wild dog pups enthusiastically greet one of the pack adults as it regurgitates the pack's morning kill for the pups' breakfast. DumaTau Camp, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana.Terry Gray - Wild dogs on a hunt at Chitabe Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. We followed this pack of wild dogs through the sands of Chitabe during their evening hunt.
Terry Gray - We watched as this gorgeous lilac-breasted roller flew from bush to the ground, snatching up bugs for breakfast. I took hundreds of photos of these birds to get this shot. DumaTau Camp, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana.Terry Gray - We were awestruck by the thousands of carmine bee-eaters in a small breeding ground area, and I was fortunate enough to capture these two dancing in mid-air. Sooo beautiful!!! Linyanti Reserve, Botswana.Terry Gray - During our time in the Linyanti Reserve, we watched a pack of wild dogs. While the others had gone to hunt, this wild dog stayed behind to puppy-sit the pack's 12 little ones. DumaTau Camp, Botswana.
Terry Gray -On our very first game drive in Chitabe, we were fortunate to see this lovely female leopard. She had stashed her impala kill and was resting after eating. Probably my favorite shot of the trip! Okavango Delta, Botswana.Terry Gray - This large white rhino had apparently been in a scuffle not long ago, suffering a horn slash to the face. The horn of a rhino is made up of keratin, a protein found in hair and fingernails. Sabi Sands, South Africa.Terry Gray - This big boy interrupted his jousting with another big male to bellow out a warning for us to not get any closer! And we sure didn't! Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Terry Gray - We spotted this beautiful girl in a tree with her kill. Her eyes are mesmerizing! Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa.Terry Gray - We spotted this mother cheetah and her 3 cubs enjoying their morning rest with full bellies during a game drive from Chitabe Camp. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Terry Gray - This pack of wild dog stopped at a small waterhole for a brief rest and drink. Wild dogs are one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Stuart Hahn
Stuart Hahn - We were fortunate to have a mother baboon come to the water hole with her baby clinging to her chest. The baby tried to drink but was not quite able to reach the water. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.Stuart Hahn - It was nice to capture two carmine bee-eaters together. Photographing one with a captured insect really makes the photo special. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.Stuart Hahn - We were fortunate to have a large troop of baboons come down to the water hole at Mashatu during a windy day. The wind provides the dust and the baboons provided the laughs and excitement.
Stuart Hahn - There are many groups of helmeted guineafowl at Mashatu. They move fast and can be hard to photograph. In this case we were in a hide and they came down to drink. Mashatu, Botswana.Stuart Hahn - We were able to spend some time with a large troop of baboons at the Mashatu hide. It was great to see some baboon family interaction. This family was very engaged with the young baby.Stuart Hahn - The carmine bee-eater colony nests in the river banks along the Zambezi River in large groups as shown in this photograph. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Stuart Hahn - We were floating down the Zambezi River watching for the many submerged hippos when we came across this colony of carmine bee-eaters. I liked being able to capture the one flying in to join the group.Stuart Hahn - After numerous African safaris, I tried to get something a little different. An interesting fact is that an elephant’s height can be estimated by the size of its footprint.Stuart Hahn - These baboons visited the waterhole at a hide at Mashatu Game Reserve. I noticed the group with their reflection in the water as they came to drink. A troop of baboons typically ranges in size between 20-80 individuals.
Stuart Hahn - These elephants are coming down to visit a Mashatu water hole. ‘I like the nice grouping and low perspective. This low perspective is one of the benefits of using a hide.’Stuart Hahn - Between our game drives at Mashatu Game Reserve we enjoyed time in the waterhole hide. Our guide shared interesting facts of the pachyderm such as an elephant’s trunk contains over 40,000 muscles.Stuart Hahn - This photo was taken as we canoed down the Zambezi River from Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. This is a big male enjoying some hyacinth and the photo was taken from a low vantage point.