Wildlife and Nature Photography

Nature and Wildlife Photography in South Africa.

Animals

Wildlife photography opportunities in South Africa is amazing , with more than 200 mammal species to be found. Big predators include Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, African Wild Dogs, Spotted Hyena’s and Brown Hyena’s. The smaller predators consist of Jackal, Honey Badger, Serval, Caracal, African Wildcat and Spotted Genet. Large animals like Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, zebras, and many other kinds of antelope, to just name a few. There are several National Parks to choose from. Most famous. The Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Addo Elephant National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve just to name a few.

Birds

South Africa has more than 800 species of birds. Raptors include Eagles, Vultures, Falcons, Harriers, Owls, Kestrels, Goshawks and Kites. Our famous eagles include the African Fish Eagle, Martial Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Tawny Eagle and of cause my favorite the Bateleur Eagle. A variety of falcons like Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, and Kestrels. Buzzards include the Jackal Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard and Lizard Buzzard. Some famous birds include Knysna Turaco, Crested Barbet, Cape Parrot, Lilac-breasted Roller, Red Bishop, Secretary Bird, Cape Vulture to name a few.

Landscape

South Africa is also unique because of the diverse mix of landscapes across the country. In the north-eastern part, we have the “bushveld” and savannah grasslands of the popular Kruger National Park. The dense green forests of the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu Natal. Arid desert landscape in the north-western part called the Richtersveld, characterized by rugged gorges and Desert Mountain. Situated in the Northern Cape Province. Some specular sites to visit is, Table Mountain, Drakensberg, Tsitsikamma, Blyderivierpoort Dam, Mapungubwe, Knysna, Wild Coast and Isimangaliso Wetland park to name a few.

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham

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