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spoilt for choice at pongola game reserve

Written by Villiers Steyn and Tabby Mittins on April 1, 2014
You’ll be unlucky not to see hippos if you go on a sunset boat cruise.
Spoilt for choice. Pongola Game Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal.   We all know how well South Africa caters for just about every type of traveller. There are mountains to climb, rivers and lakes to fish or float on, forests to hike through, wildlife great and small to search for – there really is no shortage of [...]

how to plan your next landscape photography shoot

Written by Dewald Kirsten on March 25, 2014
This was shot in 2012 from the exact location as the marker in these images. So you can get the idea of once your planning has worked and you are there, what you can expect.
Are you dreaming about shooting those magic landscapes that you see on the internet. If so, then please have a read here as I share some tips in planning your next landscape photography outing. Shooting the best landscape images is more than just being in the right place at the right time, there is lots [...]

tuli wilderness in botswana provides the best of both worlds

Written by Villiers Steyn and Tabby Mittins on March 17, 2014
Tuli Wilderness combines comfortable camping and wild wilderness hiking in the best possible way.
The Best of Both Worlds – Tuli Wilderness, Botswana. There’s roughing it, and then there’s roughing it. Villiers and I are no strangers to the tiny dome tent on uneven ground, the bucket shower (or sometimes just the bucket), or the long drop – we spend so much of the year like this that a [...]

kruger’s wild zimbabwean cousin gonarezhou national park

Written by Villiers Steyn and Tabby Mittins on March 11, 2014
Look out for buffalo herds in the distance when visit the viewpoint on top of the cliffs.
Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. The African continent is a cornucopia of incredible destinations crammed with sights just waiting to be photographed. Some, like the Vic Falls, Ngorongoro Crater, and Kruger National Park have a convenient set-up that keeps a steady flow of local and international visitors clicking away all year round, but there are so [...]

blackrapid rs-sport strap review

Written by Kobus Tollig on March 4, 2014
Why I would recommend the BlackRapid RS-Sport Strap to any photographer. This is my first review ever and I have to say, this is a bit out of my comfort zone because I’m not a big writer yet. I have thought long and hard on how I would attempt this review and decided not to do [...]

six steps to better sightings in the kgalagadi transfrontier park

Written by Villiers Steyn and Tabby Mittins on February 19, 2014
A curious Marico fly-catcher posed perfectly at Melkvlei picnic site.
Get the best out of the Kgalagadi. Over the years, I have spent close to a hundred days photographing wildlife in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Some days are action packed as experienced cheetah mothers chase down springbok lambs in dry riverbeds, or African wild cats leap off the ground to catch unsuspecting sand grouse in [...]

the best of the big at addo elephant national park

Written by Villiers Steyn and Tabby Mittins on February 15, 2014
A massive herd of elephants gather at Rooidam to cool down before lunch.
Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape. It had been more than a decade since I last pulled into Addo’s main restcamp and what I saw was very promising – a full parking lot, buzzing shop and restaurant, and a packed campsite. Granted, it was the week before Christmas, but seeing South Africa’s smaller national parks [...]

camranger review

Written by Rey Mangouta on February 13, 2014
Every now and then companies come up with new products, new ways of approaching the market and new ways for us customers, to spend our money. It feels like we are kids in a giant toyshop and all we can do is be mesmerized by the vast amount of toys and gadgets we are surrounded [...]

the sighting of a lifetime – leopard catches an african wild cat

Written by Villiers Steyn and Tabby Mittins on February 12, 2014
The leopard carefully searches for a snack between the rocks.
People often ask what the secret is to great sightings in the Kgalagadi, and the answer is no secret – you just have to be out there and the rest is largely up to luck. After an extremely quiet week in the Auob riverbed we were beginning to think ours had finally run out, and [...]

living the dream at lindani game farm in waterberg

Written by Villiers Steyn and Tabby Mittins on
Skebenga is one of our favourite houses on Lindani.
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a good friend whose family owned a house on a game reserve, so I often got to tag along on their monthly getaways. My memories of the place are mostly of the heat, of the smell of animals and potato bush, and falling asleep to the bushveld [...]